Crosstown rivals will continue their series on Tuesday as the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs. Currently, most sportsbooks favor the Cubs at -1.5.
Over the last 10 games, the Cubs have taken complete control of this series. They lead the White Sox in runs with 5.24 and hits with 8.57 per contest. Additionally, the Cubs lead the White Sox in walks with 4.12 and strikeouts with 9.01.
The Cubs have a 35-16 record as the favorite and 37-34 ATS. The White Sox have a 20-29 record as the underdog and have a respectable 17-16 mark ATS away.
Nova Looks To Get Win
Ivan Nova endured a no-decision his last time out against the New York Yankees on June 13. In that game, he pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs, all of them earned. Throwing 102 pitches, he struck out five batters.
The Cubs have several batters who are familiar with Nova. Anthony Rizzo is one of them. In 15 at-bats, he has seven hits and three runs batted in. That is good enough for a. 467 average. Jason Heyward is another hitter who has had success against Nova. In 22 at-bats, he has eight hits, a home run, and three runs batted in. That is good enough for a .364 average.
One hitter who has struggled against Nova, and this may work to the pitcher’s advantage, is Javier Baez. In 19 at-bats, he has only recorded four hits. Although two of them have been home runs, he has also struck out seven times. With Baez being one of the team’s toughest hitters, this could make life a bit easier for Nova.
Hamels Tries To Stay Sharp
Cole Hamels has been one of the Cubs’ best hurlers this season. On the year, he has a 6-2 record and boasts a 2.98 ERA. In his last time out against Colorado, he was spectacular. Pitching seven innings, he gave up six hits and walked only one batter. He struck out nine and was very economical in doing so, throwing only 93 pitches.
In his second start of June against St. Louis, he pitched eight innings and gave up three hits and only one walk while striking out 10 batters. It is safe to say he has been on a roll this month.
Jose Abreu has found success against Hamels, and the latter should be careful when pitching to him. In nine at-bats, Abreu has four hits, including a triple and a home run. With four runs batted in, Abreu has a. 444 average against the lefty.
I would take the Cubs at -1.5. They have been playing good baseball as of late, and I expect that to continue. Although the Chicago White Sox are on an upswing and have been playing good baseball in their own right, the Cubs offense will be too powerful for the White Sox to overtake them. The Cubs would be the safest bet in this one.