Chicago White Sox vs Milwaukee Brewers Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 5)

White Sox vs Milwaukee Brewers 2020-08-07

  • White Sox who get to go back home, look to stay red hot
  • Brewers looking to get back in the win column after long delay
  • Can Keuchel remain undefeated with White Sox?

White Sox vs Brewers Odds

TeamRun spreadTotalMoney Line
Chicago White Sox-1.5 +130O 9 -113-148
Milwaukee Brewers+1.5 -155U 9 -108+125

 

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White Sox vs Brewers Predictions and Pick

It’s hard to see a scenario where the White Sox bats doing get going again. Pair that with Keuchel seemingly pitching above his pay grade thus far and we like runs in this one.

Pick:

Over 9 -113

Record through 8/4 (9-8-1)

Trends

White Sox are 5-1 against the spread in their past six games.

The under has hit in five of the last seven matchups between the White Sox and Brewers.

The White Sox are 6-1 straight up in their last seven games against the Brewers.

How to Watch Chicago vs Milwaukee

Chicago vs Milwaukee Information
WhatMilwaukee Brewers vs Chicago White Sox
WhereGuaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
WhenWednesday, August 5 2020, 8:10 PM EST
How to WatchMLB Network

Offensive Fireworks

The White Sox opened the season 1-4 and tensions on the South Side were starting to grow. This was supposed to be the year Chicago took the next step. Since the team’s World Series title in 2005, the good times have been few and far between for Chicago’s second team. But this year’s team is as deep offensively as any team this century.

With budding stars like Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal finally at the major league level, consistent pieces Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu anchoring the lineup and the helpful addition of Edwin Encarnacion in the offseason, it’s no surprise the White Sox are putting up runs at an extremely high rate.

The White Sox lead the MLB with a team batting average of .286. For comparison, the Brewers, rank 23rd in that category, hitting a cool .210 as a team. The White Sox are also second in the league in runs scored, tied for third in home runs and third in OPS.

And it’s truly been a team effort. Garcia leads the Sox in average and home runs, Yasmani Grandal has the team lead in RBIs (8), Moncada has the best OBP (.442) and Robert leads the way in hits (14).

That’s been a big part of the reason they’re on a six-game winning streak and second place in the AL Central.

Pitchers Duel?

If you just looked at the pitcher’s stats, one could expect this contest to be a pitchers duel. For the White Sox, Dallas Keuchel has gotten off to as good of a start as any south sider could hope in his new uniform.

The southpaw is 2-0, currently sporting a 3.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 10.2 innings this season. The only issue thus far is he has only three strikeouts through two contests and if you don’t have that “out” pitch, eventually those balls in play are going to start finding some holes.

On the other side, Adrian Houser looks to remain locked in after an impressive rookie season in 2019. Houser appeared in 35 games, making 18 starts a season ago, posting a 3.72 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, striking out 117 hitters in 111.1 innings.

Houser had a good first appearance this year, going five innings while giving up just one hit – a solo home run – walking three and striking out four, picking up the win against the Pirates.

The issue with Houser is in his final 12 appearances last year, all starts, he only made it beyond 5.1 innings twice and went five innings or fewer on nine of those occasions.

When Will Yelich Get Going?

Yesterday we asked when Eugenio Suarez will get going and he promptly hit his first home run of the season later in the day. We’re not saying we’re responsible, but when will Christian Yelich get back to being Christian Yelich?

2019 Yelich: .329/.429/.671, 1.100 OPS, 44 home runs, 97 RBI.

2020 Yelich: .097/.152/.226 .377 OPS., one home run, three RBI

The MVP runner up had another tough night on Tuesday, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. This coming after a 2-4 performance on Monday – his first multi-hit game of the season – which had some optimists thinking he’d turned a corner.

The question isn’t if he will get going, it’s when. But certainly, the Brewers hope it’s right about now.

It didn’t help Yelich that the Brewers had to miss four games last week against the Cardinals which were postponed due to Covid-19. They’ve lost both games since the return, so they’re searching for their first victory in a week.

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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.