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Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles - 5/23/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Orioles (15-32) at Chicago White Sox (13-31)
Date & Time Wednesday May 23, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
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The Line
The Line: Chicago White Sox +110 / Baltimore Orioles -130 --- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
MASN2
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox duke it out in game three of their four game set from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Tuesday by a reverse score line of 3-2, same as Monday’s final. Mark Trumbo led the charge by going 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Jace Peterson added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the O’s in the loss. Adam Jones added a double of his own, while Trey Mancini and Jonathan School chipped in base hits as well to round out the offense for Baltimore in the loss. Kevin Gausman threw 6.1 shutout innings, giving up nine hits while striking out ten and not factoring in the decision. Michael Givens took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season, while Richard Bleier notched his first blown save of the year. Alex Cobb will start game three and is 1-5 with a 6.56 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cobb is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA and 6 strikeouts against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox will look to build some momentum after evening up the set at one win apiece on Tuesday. Welington Castillo and Yolmer Sanchez each had three hits with an RBI, with Castillo adding a double. Yoan Moncada added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the White Sox in the win, while Daniel Palka went 2 for 4 with a triple. Jose Abreu and Jose Rondon each had tow hits with a double to round out the offense for the White Sox in the win. James Shields threw seven innings, giving up both runs on five hits while striking out five and not factoring in the decision. Bruce Rondon got the win to improve to 2-2 while Nate Jones notched his 4th save of the season. Dylan Covey will start game three and is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Covey is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and 3 strikeouts against Baltimore. 

Baltimore is 1-6 in Cobb’s last 7 starts and 19-52 in their last 71 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games. Chicago is 1-6 in Covey’s last 7 starts and 11-29 in their last 40 games overall while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games against the AL East. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Cobb may have gotten that elusive win in his last outing, and has pitched better over the last couple of weeks. However, I haven’t forgotten that Cobb still hasn’t been that good this season and has an ERA well over six with a pretty big sample size. On the other hand, I’m not backing Covey, as the dude is 0-8 in his career and I’m not ready to risk my hard earned money to take a shot on that changing. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as I see both offenses waking up for this brutal pitching matchup.

Pick:
Over 9.5

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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