Cubs -1.5 (+126)
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- The Chicago White Sox have won just two of 10 games in which Touki Toussaint has made an appearance. Their offense is also averaging just 1.33 runs per game over his last six starts.
- The Cubs have won 59.6% of their games as favorites, while the White Sox have won just four of 18 games this season with moneyline odds of +142 or longer.
- The White Sox are 1-7 in their last eight games against National League opponents, and they have won just 38.2% of their games this season against right-handed pitchers.
The Chicago White Sox will battle the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series. This will be Round 2 of the Crosstown Classic, with the Cubs winning the first two games on the road back in July. Touki Toussaint (1-5) will take the mound for the White Sox, while Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gets the starting nod for the Cubs. Now, let’s take a closer look at this White Sox vs Cubs matchup and make our best MLB betting picks for this Windy City Showdown.
White Sox vs Cubs Betting Pick
White Sox vs Cubs: Cubs -1.5 (+126)
Why Bet on the Cubs To Cover:
✅ Since the White Sox acquired Touki Toussaint from the Guardians in June, they are just 2-8 in games in which Toussaint has taken the mound. Additionally, the White Sox offense has been held to one or fewer runs in four of his last six starts.
✅ The Chicago Cubs have won nearly 60% of their games as favorites this season. Meanwhile, the White Sox are 4-14 in matchups with +142 or longer moneyline odds.
✅ The Chicago White Sox have struggled against National League opponents recently, losing seven of their last eight such games. In addition, they have won only ~38% of their games this season when facing right-handed starting pitchers.
This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 8:05 PM ET on August 15, 2023.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox enter Round 2 of the Windy City Showdown with a 47-72 record on the year, having just been swept in a three-game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. They currently sit in fourth place in the AL Central, trailing the Minnesota Twins by 14.5 games for the top spot in the division. The White Sox are also 18.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League’s third and final Wild Card spot.
Chicago’s offense has struggled all season long. The White Sox currently rank in the bottom 10 in the league in batting average and slugging percentage, and they are dead last in the MLB when it comes to on-base percentage. With less than two months remaining in the regular season, it is all but certain the White Sox will miss the playoffs for the 13th time over the last 15 seasons.
On the other hand, the North Side’s Chicago Cubs enter this White Sox vs Cubs showdown with a 61-57 record on the season. They currently trail the Milwaukee Brewers by 3.5 games for first place in the NL Central; however, the Cubs are just 1.0 game back of the Miami Marlins for the National League’s final Wild Card spot.
The Chicago Cubs are led by center fielder Cody Bellinger, who ranks fourth in the league with a .328 batting average and leads the team with 108 hits on the year. The team has also greatly benefitted from the play of their ace pitcher Justin Steele, who is tied for first place in the league with 13 wins and boasts a 2.79 ERA on the season.