Blue Jays (31-28, 18-15 road) at White Sox (37-24, 24-11 home)
- Time: 5:05PM PST – 7:05PM CST – 8:05PM EST
- Place: US Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
- TV: SportsNet | NBC Sports Chicago | MLB Extra Innings
The Blue Jays and White Sox square off in the rubber match between the two teams as Toronto took a 6-2 victory last night while Chicago won 6-1 two nights ago.
Chicago continues to lead from its NL Central rivals, but Cleveland keeps winning and the ChiSox still board a 4.0 games lead of the Indians.
The White Sox have won nine out of their last 13 and have a 5-5 ledger over their last 10 outings.
Toronto has another exciting team to watch, especially with the way their hitters can impose themselves on starting pitching; however, it’s the same story as usual as the Blue Jays are looking up at the Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees in the NL East.
The Jays are at 31-28 and are 0.5 games behind the Yankees and 6.0 back of the AL East leading Rays. Toronto is 6-4 in its last 10 games.
The White Sox and Blue Jays hook up for a 4-game series from August 23-26 s these games are Blue Jays home games, but whether the site is Toronto, Buffalo, or Dunedin, Fla. remains to be seen due to Canada’s proactive approach to destroying COVID-19.
Last Time Out
The Blue Jays feasted on the White Sox bullpen in the late innings as they scored five times in the eighth and ninth inning to roll past Chicago, 6-2.
Aaron Bummer indeed had a bummer of an eighth-inning as he blew his fifth save and fell to 0-4 as Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., walked with the bases loaded to tie the game at 2-2 before Dante Bichette scored on a throwing error by Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson. Toronto’s Marcus Semien also scored on a fielder’s choice before the error.
Yoan Moncada had an RBI-single in the first and Nick Madrigal posted an RBI-double to centerfield in the fifth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead.
Toronto Blue Jays (29-28, ATS):
- The Blue Jays are 7-2 SU in their last 9 road games
- Toronto is 6-3 SU in it’s last 9 road games at the White Sox
- The OVER has been the play in 13 of the Blue Jays last 20 games vs. an AL opponent
Chicago White Sox (34-25, ATS):
- Chicago has watched the total go UNDER in 13 of it’s last 18 outings
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the last 5 White Sox-Blue Jays games
- The UNDER has been the play in 6 of the White Sox’ last games on the year
Team Stats Sketch
Toronto with its bevy of home run hitters is a fun team to watch any time manager Charlie Montoya’s team steps up to the plate when the baseballs are rolled out.
The Blue Jays are second in the majors in batting average at .257 but those 85 home runs (4th/ MLB) account for the offensive approach of Montoya. Toronto also leads MLB in slugging percentage with a current .437 pace.
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., continues to power the Blue Jays attack with 18 home runs and 48 RBI while Marcus Semien (13), Randal Grichuk (13), and Dante Bichette (11) have all surpassed double figures in homers.
Chicago concurs with the fourth-best pitching staff in the bigs as they handle a 3.15 ERA, but like so many other teams, getting in the bullpen can mean success in late innings. Chicago has 16 saves in 27 opportunities.
Chicago has a diametrically different offensive approach as 76 – year old manager Tony La Russa has taken the approach to manufacture runs. The Stockings bat at a . 253 clip (4th/MLB) as their 61 home runs currently sit at 23rd in the big leagues.
Nick Madrigal has 61 hits while Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada have 60 hits as this offense is based on contact hitting. José Abreu leads the White Sox with 11 home runs.
To accentuate the offensive philosophy, Chicago has 278 runs scored (6th/MLB) and the White Sox have 29 stolen bases (12th/MLB) out of 40 tries (72.5%).
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Blue Jays||-1.5 (+135)||-108||O 9 (-105)|
|White Sox||+1.5 (-155)||-102||U 9 (-115)|
On the Mound
Hyun Jim Ryu (5-3, 3.23 ERA) toes the rubber for Toronto while Chicago sends Dallas Kuechel (4-1, 4.11 ERA) to the mound in what should be a scintillating pitching matchup despite the prowess of the two offenses at hand.
- Ryu is 4-1 with one no-decision over his last six games. The one loss was his last outing up in Buffalo when he gave up seven runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings against the bevy of Houston batters. Ryu had not lost before that game since back on April 24 as his he gave up four hits and struck out seven in seven innings in an 8-0 win over the Red Sox on May 18.
- Kuechel was on a pitch count and was able to throw in the area of five or six innings in his first six starts through April. He has been able to pick it up some now as the season has unfolded as he has gone 3-0 with two no decisions in his last five starts. Surprisingly, his ERA has rose as he was sitting at 3.79 at the beginning of that streak and now is at 4.25. He has a no-decision in his last time out on June 5 as he went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits during that time.