Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox – 7/27/17 MLB Preview and Pick
Do the Chicago White Sox have a white flag that comes along with them? It certainly seems that way, as the front office is acting like it, as are the players on the field. They have a chance a chance for a small consolation, however, as they can even up their four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field, with game time at 8:10 PM ET. BetAnySports patrons can get reduced juice before the game starts, and then they can take advantage of state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
The White Sox are languishing with the worst record in the American League, with a 39-59 record. This is thoroughly disappointing, since they were actually in first place in the AL Central as of May 4. Since then, they have lost almost two-thirds of their games (24-47). And they have been particularly pitiful of late, losing 14 out of 16. And opponents have nearly doubled them up in terms of runs scored (100-51).
On Thursday night they will go with a pitcher who somewhat typifies their season. Mike Pelfrey (3-7, 4.46 ERA) will take the mound as someone who has promising at one time, but has settled into mediocrity, and he is not doing fundamental things well, to say the least.
The Cubs will counter with Jon Lester, who was second in the National League’s Cy Young balloting last season as the team won the World Series. This year he’s been up and down, with a 7-6 ledger and 3.95 earned run average.
In the MLB betting odds posted at BetAnySports on this game, the Cubs are huge favorites in the enemy ballpark:
Chicago Cubs (Lester) -235
Chicago White Sox (Pelfrey) +215
Cubs -1.5 Runs -145
White Sox +1.5 Runs +125
Over 10.5 Runs -115
Under 10.5 Runs -105
The Pale Hose have been cleaning house lately; dealing off Jose Quintana, their top starting pitcher, to these Cubs, and unloading David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees would be clear evidence of that. Like a lot of failing teams, they are initiating their “youth movement,” and so they are not finished trading people away just yet.
Really, management can’t help but give up, because of their place in the standings. But is there any excuse for these guys to be laying down on the field? It is not likely that Pelfrey can change any of that; he is walking one batter for every two innings, and that is way too much. This makes him throw a lot of pitches and get out of the games early. Last time out, against Kansas City, he walked six batters in five innings. That’s unacceptable.
BetAnySports customers know what Lester is capable of when he is at his best. And he was pretty close to that last season, as he went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and had a team that was generating more runs. He went into the All-Star break off a game against Pittsburgh when he was knocked out of the game in the first inning after giving up ten runs. But he has rebounded after the break with back-to-back seven-inning stints, and looks as if he is getting back into form.
The Cubs have been disappointing for the most part, and until recently they were not even in playoff position, as they attempt to defend their World Series title. But now they have run off ten victories in their last 12 games, and that has been good enough to assume the lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central. There may be no stopping them now, although they could maybe use another arm, either in the starting rotation or in the bullpen. For now, we’ll lay the run and a half with them, as the White Sox have been hapless and helpless more often than not.
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