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Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Date & Time Sunday July 7, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago White Sox +140 / Chicago Cubs -160
TV Channel
WGN
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The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox meet in the finale of their Windy City interleague series in MLB action on Sunday.

The Chicago Cubs will look to win the set after taking game one on Saturday by a final score of 6-3. Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez each had two RBIs and a double with Baez going 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits with a double and an RBI to finish off the Cubs’ offense as a team in the victory. Jon Lester got the win to improve to 7-6 on the year after giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits while walking and whiffing three apiece to improve to 8-6 on the year. Craig Kimbrel closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Kyle Hendricks will start game two and is 7-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 30 strikeouts against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox will look to salvage a split after dropping game one on Saturday. Jose Abreu went 2 for 5 with two RBIs while Yoan Moncada went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI to round out the White Sox scoring in the defeat. James McCann and Yolmer Sanchez each had base hits as well in the losing effort. Lucas Giolito took the loss, falling to 11-3 on the year after giving up six runs on four hits while walking and whiffing five a piece. Ivan Nova will start game two and is 3-7 with a 5.92 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA and 43 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 12-4 in their last 16 games against the AL Central and 32-15 in their last 47 interleague games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. The White Sox are 8-21 in their last 29 games against the NL Central and 15-37 in their last 52 interleague games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games. The Cubs are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

I get the Cubs being favored here, mainly because Nova has allowed four or more runs in five of his last six starts. However, I’m not sold on Hendricks as this heavy of a road favorite after an IL stint involving his pitching shoulder. Also, that one lone start where Nova didn’t give up four runs came against these same Cubs when he gave up one run over five innings of work. I think Nova’s familiarity with the Cubs can play in his favor, so while it’s a game I’d probably leave alone, I think the White Sox are worth a shot at plus money on Sunday.

Pick:
Chicago White Sox +140

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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