Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox – 7/26/17 Free MLB Pick

VietBet Moneyline: Cubs -200 /  White Sox +185

VietBet Total Line: 9.5

This week’s four-game home-and-home interleague series between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox shifts crosstown to Guaranteed Rate Field for Wednesday’s Game 3 in a 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.

Cubs at White Sox Game Preview

 The Cubs got this extended Crosstown Series started on a losing note in Monday’s 3-1 loss as heavy -262 home favorites with VietBet. This was just their second loss against eight wins since the All Star break and it knocked them out of a tie with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead at 51-47 overall. Chicago will head crosstown on Wednesday with an even 25-25 record on the road this season. The total has stayed UNDER in three of its last four road games.

It will be Jake Arrieta’s turn in the Cubs’ starting rotation on Wednesday night. The right-hander failed to get the decision last Friday against St. Louis after giving up two earned runs on five hits through six innings pitched. Chicago went on to lose that game 11-4. Arrieta is 9-7 on the year with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. The Cubs are ranked ninth in the NL in scoring with an average of 4.7 runs per game.

The White Sox posted their first victory in 10 games on Monday after starting the second half with eight-straight losses. This extended slide dropped them to last in the AL Central with a record of 39-57. Chicago will head back across town with a 19-23 record at its home ball park this year. The total has stayed UNDER VietBet’s closing line in eight of its last 11 games behind a lineup that is averaging 4.4 runs per game.

Look for James Shields to get the start for the White Sox in Game 3. It has been a rough go of things lately for the righty after allowing a total of 16 earned runs in his last 15 innings pitched. Last Friday in a road game at Kansas City, he lasted just 4 1/3 innings after getting shelled for six earned runs on 10 hits in Chicago’s 7-6 loss. His ERA on the year now stands at 5.79 with a 1.63 WHIP.

Cubs at White Sox Free Game Prediction

I am going with the Cubs on Wednesday night with the clear advantage on the mound and the slight advantage at the plate. They have been one of the hotter MLB teams in the second half and I like their chances to stay hot against their crosstown rivals despite the loss in the series opener.