Josh Lindblom (0-0, 4.91 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 7.36 ERA)
The Milwaukee Brewers responded for a much needed win on Wednesday to advance to 4-5 on the season. The Chicago Cubs are quickly pulling away from the field and they’ve only played ten games. The Cubs are clear of the Brewers by 4.5 games in the NL Central. Having to deal with the loss of Lorenzo Cain doesn’t help.
The good news for the Brewers is that nobody else in the NL Central has gotten going besides the Cubs. Their record of 4-5 is good for second in the division. The Cardinals have played just five games because of the coronavirus outbreak in their locker room.
The NL Central is the Cubs to lose. Despite only 12 games in, it’d be a choke by the Cubs if they can’t beat the competition they have to deal with. The Brewers received a phenomenal pitching job from Andrian Houser on Wednesday. He went 7 innings with no runs allowed and 5 strikeouts.
The White Sox just couldn’t take advantage when they had runners in scoring position. That should have been a big win for the White Sox to follow up their 3-2 the night before. Lucas Giolito is in form now after a bad start to open the season. It was two very good pitching performances in consecutive days.
The AL Central is all about the Indians, Twins, and White Sox. No one else really has a realistic chance. The Tigers are heading in the right direction finally, but still a few years off. Chicago has been highly regarded as a sleeper, though the Twins have been really hot to open the season.
They won the division last season and don’t appear ready to give it up. Minnesota goes into Thursday with a record of 10-2, while the White Sox are three back with a mark of 7-5. Former Brewer, Gio Gonzalez, is expected to get the call against his former team today. On the other side, former KBOer, Josh Lindblom, will get his second start of the season. Head below for our free Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago White Sox Pick for August 6, 2020.
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Josh Lindblom got the call from the Brewers after working hard in South Korea the last couple of years. He was also in South Korea from 2015 to 2016, came back to the Pirates in 2017 and struggled, then back to the KBO for Lindblom. In his first return to the majors, Lindblom recorded an ERA of 7.84 and 2.03 WHIP.
When he went back to the KBO, it was back to success for Lindblom, so is it going to be the same pattern with Lindblom struggling again? If he does, then it’s going to be his last year in the major leagues. The KBO would gladly welcome him back. Overall in his major league career, Lindblom owns a 4.12 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
We don’t really have an answer as to whether Lindblom will stick in the major leagues this time. It was a mediocre performance for Lindblom in his debut. It didn’t provide many answers. Lindblom conceded 3 hits and 2 earned runs against the Pirates for a 4.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. The Pirates don’t have the most scary offense in the league. They’re 27th with 3.25 runs scored per game and Lindblom had some issues controlling them. He lasted just 3.2 innings before getting yanked out of the game. The White Sox are 11th with 4.92 runs per contest.
Gio Gonzalez appeared in 19 games with the Brewers last season. It was his first season with a new team since joining the Nationals in 2012. Gio was productive enough with an ERA of 3.50 and 1.29 WHIP. He went on the IL last season because of a dead arm. A sore shoulder was also a concern for him with the Brewers in 2019. When he was healthy, he did contribute, though. In two games this season, Gonzalez has notched an ERA of 7.36 and 2.18 WHIP in 7.1 innings.
The Pirates torched him for 7 hits and 6 earned runs in 3.2 innings, and then gave up no runs against the Royals in his next outing. However, that’s not to say Gonzalez didn’t allow scoring chances. In 3.2 innings, the Royals had 5 hits and 3 walks, so he had to fight for it. That likely won’t work two games in a row. I suggest a look at the OVER in this spot.