The Chicago White Sox and the Washington Nationals meet Monday in MLB action from Nationals Park. The White Sox just finished up a four-game series versus the Twins over the weekend. Chicago lost two of the first three games, then on Sunday the Sox lost in a shutout. As for the Nationals, they played the Brewers in their last series and fell during the first two installments. In the finale Washington powered out an extra-innings victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox lost to the Twins 10-2 in both the Thursday and Friday games over the weekend, but bounced back with a 7-6 win in Saturday’s game three. Eloy Jimenez (two RBI) and Gavin Sheets (three RBI) each had a homer in the win. In the finale Chicago gave up three runs in the fifth during a 4-0 loss. Andrew Benintendi and Trayce Thompson each notched two hits in the losing effort.
In the starting role for Monday’s game, Chicago will send out Mike Clevinger. This year in 21 starts Clevinger is 7-8 with a 3.61 ERA and 101 Ks in 114.2 innings. Clevinger is 3-3 with a 3.43 ERA over his last seven starts.
Chicago White Sox Team Facts
The White Sox have lost each of their last three games as road favorites against NL East opponents.
The White Sox have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 10 Monday games as favorites.
The White Sox have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last nine night games against National League opponents that held a losing record.
The White Sox have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last six night games against National League opponents that held a losing record.
The White Sox have lost the first inning in each of their last three Monday night games as favorites.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they lost to the Brewers 5-3 Friday and 9-5 in game two. Luis Garcia had two hits, two RBI and a homer in the Saturday loss. In the Sunday game three Washington got an RBI from Joey Meneses and a key solo homer from Garcia (who stayed hot with two hits) in a tense 11-inning victory 2-1.
As starting pitcher Monday the Nationals are going with Joan Adon. So far Adon is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA in nine games (seven starts) and 33 Ks in 38.0 innings. Adon is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA over his last seven starts.
Washington Nationals Team Facts
The Nationals have lost each of their last 10 night games at Nationals Park after going to extra innings.
The Nationals have failed to cover the run line in each of their last eight night games against American League opponents following a road win.
The Nationals have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last four home games against opponents that held a losing record.
The Nationals have led after 5 innings in each of their last five games against the White Sox at Nationals Park.
The Nationals have led after 7 innings in each of their last five games against the White Sox at Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals rank 30th in the league for home runs allowed this season (229).
The Washington Nationals rank 29th in the league for home runs this season (138).
The Chicago White Sox rank 30th in the league for on-base percentage this season (.293).
The Chicago White Sox rank 30th in the league for walks this season (347).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll stick with the White Sox here. Clevinger started out the month of September in rough fashion, giving up eight earned on 12 hits in 4.0 innings during a loss to Detroit. That said, Clevinger is 1-1 over his last two starts with 13.0 innings, two earned runs, nine hits and zero walks total. I like him to keep it going on Monday. In Sunday’s finale matchup Chicago couldn’t find any success at all on six team hits. That said, the pitching was really solid overall (outside the three-run fifth) and the Sox only used one bullpen arm (Luis Patino for 3.0 frames). I like Chicago to rebound in this opener.