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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox - 6/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Wednesday June 19, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -135 / Chicago White Sox +115
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The Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs meet in the finale of their mini two-game interleague rivalry set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Wednesday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to complete the sweep after taking a 3-1 win in game one of the set on Tuesday. Eloy Jimenez had a home run and two RBIs while Leury Garcia went 2 for 4 with a double. James McCann had two hits as well while Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu each chipped in base hits also in the victory. Ivan Nova gave up one run on four hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Evan Marshall got the win to improve to 3-0 while Alex Colome closed out the 9th for his 15th save of the year. Lucas Giolito will start game two and is 10-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA and 8 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to bounce back and earn a split after dropping game one on Tuesday. Kyle Schwarber’s solo home run in the 1st was the lone run that the Cubbies would score while Kris Bryant went 3 for 4 and Jason Heyward added two hits as well to round out Chicago’s offense in the loss, as the Cubbies cranked out just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Cole Hamels allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Pedro Strop took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year. Jon Lester will start game two and is 5-5 with a 4.08 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 9-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 99 strikeouts against the White Sox.

The White Sox are 6-0 in Giolito’s last 6 road starts and 10-1 in Giolito’s last 11 starts overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games against a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 2-6 in their last 8 games overall and 20-9 in their last 29 home games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 game two matchups.

Okay, I get that the Cubs are at home and Wrigley is a tough place to go on the road and win. But how does anyone expect me to look past the fact that we are getting plus money with a White Sox team that’s finding ways to win here and there and are getting arguably one of the front runners for the AL Cy Young award in Giolito as an underdog here. The Cubs have lost six of their last eight games and Lester has allowed four or more runs in five of his last six starts. I think the White Sox hold some serious value on Wednesday, and I’m all over it.

Pick:
Chicago White Sox +115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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