Chicago White Sox (72-53) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (65-58)
August 25, 2021 7:07 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -120 / Chicago White Sox -111; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Wednesday in MLB action from Rogers Centre. This will be the third installment in a four-game set between these teams this week. The Jays eked out a tight win on Monday, then in the Tuesday game two the Sox evened it up with a three-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago had a brief lead in a low-scoring Monday opener, ultimately falling 2-1 in a difficult outcome. In the Tuesday game, the White Sox posted four runs in the first inning and cruised to a 5-2 victory. Starter Dylan Cease managed 7.0 innings with four hits and one earned.
For the Wednesday game three start, the White Sox will send out Lucas Giolito. In his 148.0 innings this year Giolito has 121 hits, 66 runs (62 earned), 25 homers allowed, 42 walks, 169 Ks and a 3.77 ERA.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they posted the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Monday and were able to hang on. In the Tuesday matchup, Toronto gave up 18 hits in the defeat. Jose Berrios left after 3.0 innings, notching four earned on nine hits with six strikeouts.
Starting pitcher for the Blue Jays on Wednesday will be Robbie Ray. This year Ray has 145.1 innings with 114 hits, 46 runs (45 earned), 24 homers allowed, 36 walks, 178 Ks and a 2.79 ERA.
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The White Sox are 37-14 in their last 51 versus a lefty starter and 1-4 in their last five Wednesday games. Chicago is 51-107 in their last 158 road games versus a team with a winning record and the under is 7-2 in their last nine in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, the Jays are 12-4 in their last 16 on turf and 8-3 in their last 11 versus the AL Central. The over is 6-2 in Toronto’s last eight Wednesday games and the under is 37-18-2 in their last 57 versus the AL Central.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Jays. We should have a pretty nice starting pitcher matchup here, though. Ray has posted just three earned over his last three starts, giving up 12 hits and three walks in a span of 21.0 innings. As for Giolito, he’s given up five earned in his last trio, with 11 hits and three walks in a 19.0-inning span. I like this one to be a tight, lower-scoring affair like Monday’s matchup, with Toronto squeezing by on a victory.