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Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/20/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox (33-62) at Seattle Mariners (58-39)
Date & Time Friday July 20, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Seattle Mariners -212 / Chicago White Sox +196 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
WGN, RTNW
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MLB | Chicago White Sox (33-62) at Seattle Mariners (58-39)
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The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners meet Friday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Chicago White Sox could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The White Sox have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 92 hits and 52 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Yoan Moncada have combined for 172 hits and 83 RBI. James Shields gets the ball, and he is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Shields is 5-8 with a 4.66 ERA and 115 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Mariners have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Seattle Mariners have lost 10 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 120 hits and 47 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 196 hits and 89 RBI. Wade LeBlanc gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. LeBlanc is 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.

The White Sox are 15-36 in their last 51 games following an off day, 5-20 in Shields' last 25 road starts and 5-12 in Shields' last 17 starts. The Mariners are 15-7 in their last 22 games following an off day, 14-0 in LeBlancs last 14 home starts and 17-5 in LeBlancs last 22 starts. The White Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Seattle.

Shields has allowed 15 hits and 12 runs in his last 12.1 innings, and he's been on the losing side of seven of his last 10 games. On the road this season in 44 innings, Shields has an ERA of 6.14 with an allowed batting average of .249. LeBlanc has allowed eight runs in his last 10.1 innings, but he's been lights out at home where he's allowing a 2.88 ERA and an allowed batting average of .203. The Seattle Mariners also need a victory to kind of stop the bleeding. I'll take the M's at home and the RL to add value to the bet. 

Pick:
Seattle Mariners -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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