Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 22)
- Young White Sox surging behind the red hot offense
- Cubs torrid start has quickly been cooled
- Can Kyle Hendricks throw another quality start in a crosstown showdown?
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White Sox vs Cubs Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Chicago White Sox||+1.5 -134||O 10.5 -110||+155|
|Chicago Cubs||-1.5 +110||U 10.5 -110||-176|
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White Sox at Cubs Predictions and Picks
Reynaldo Lopez makes his first start since coming off of the IL, so he likely won’t be at top form. Kyle Hendricks has been solid but is facing the best lineup all season, so we’re expecting some runs. We like the over and the Cubs money line.
Cubs to win-176
Over 10.5 -110
Betting record through 8/21/20 (17-15-1)
Cubs are 7-4 in last 11 meetings
Under is 16-7-4 in last 27 meetings
White Sox are 9-1 straight up in last 10 road games
The over is 6-2 in the Cubs last eight games
Cubs are 0-7 in last seven home games vs. team with a winning record
How to Watch White Sox vs Cubs
|Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Information|
|What||Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs|
|Where||Wrigley Field, Chicago IL|
|When||Saturday, August 22, 2020, 8:15 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Marquee Sports Network, NBC Chicago|
The Hits Start Comin’ and They Don’t Stop Comin’
It all started on August 16. That’s when the White Sox hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals en route to a 7-2 victory. Since then, the White Sox have won six consecutive contests, with all but one coming by five runs or more.
The south siders are averaging eight runs per contest in those six games, doing the vast majority of their damage via the long ball. During this stretch, the White Sox have hit 21 long balls, which according to ELIAS is the most home runs in any six-game stretch in franchise history.
That included six bombs accounting for all 10 runs against the Cubs yesterday: two from Jose Abreu, and one a piece from Luis Robert, Danny Mendick, Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal.
So, yeah, the White Sox have been mashing.
They rank top five in the MLB in batting average (fifth), slugging percentage (second) and OPS (fifth) and have scored nine or more runs in three of the last four games and that’s a major reason they’ve pulled within one game of the Minnesota Twins atop the AL Central.
Cubs Come Crashing Back to Earth
Chicago opened the season as one of the best stories in baseball. On the heels of a September collapse that saw them miss the postseason a year ago, a managerial switch, and an underwhelming offseason of no major roster additions, the Cubs proved they still had the goods to compete at the top of the league.
Chicago opened the season a red hot 13-3 but have since lost their winning form, going 3-6 in their past nine contests. It’s largely been because of the lack of offense during this slump, scoring more than five runs just once in the last nine games – Kris Bryant’s injury on Aug. 17 certainly isn’t helping matters.
Over the past two weeks, only Ian Happ and Jason Heyward are the only two Cubs hitting better than .260, which clearly won’t get the job done. However, the good news for the Cubs is they’re the only team above .500 in the NL Central, sitting at least four games clear of the rest of the division.
Strength vs. Strength
This should be an old-fashioned boxing match on Saturday, with the Cubs and White Sox each throwing one of their greatest strengths at the other. For the Cubs, that’s pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
Hendricks set the tone for his season with an Opening Day complete game shutout and while he hasn’t quite been able to replicate that form, he’s been darn good the rest of the way. Hendricks has thrown four quality starts in his five appearances, giving up two earned runs or fewer on three occasions.
Hendricks is 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA, and 0.92 WHIP and has walked just three batters in 32.2 innings.
However, Hendricks has faced a bunch of middle of the pack offenses this year – Brewers, Reds, Royals, Indians and Cardinals – and hasn’t seen a squad with the depth in the lineup of this White Sox team.
Hendricks last faced the White Sox on May 13, 2018 when they were almost a completely different team. He took the loss despite a quality start, throwing six innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out six batters.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.