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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

August 16, 2023



The Chicago White Sox enter this game having lost three of their last five games but are coming off a 5-3 win on the road against the Chicago Cubs in game one of the series on Tuesday which also ended their three-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs enter this game having won three of their last five games but are coming off Tuesday’s 3-5 loss at home against the Chicago White Sox in game one of the series.

BookMaker has the Chicago Cubs listed as -170 money line favorites at home against the Chicago White Sox and has set the total for the over/under plays at 8 runs. Will the White Sox take the 2-0 series sweep or will the Cubs split the series 1-1 with a win in game two of the series on Wednesday? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

Chicago White Sox Team Preview

The Chicago White Sox enter this game with an overall record of 48-72 which puts them in 4th place in the AL Central and are coming off a 5-3 win in game one of the series against the Chicago Cubs.

Offensively, Chicago scored five runs off ten hits with two of the runs coming in the 2nd inning when Yasmani Grandal and Zach Remillard scored off a base hit from Elvis Andrus.

The White Sox will send Mike Clevinger to the mound for game two of the series against the Cubs on Wednesday. Clevinger is 5-5 this season with a 3.55 ERA while recording 64 strikeouts.

Chicago Cubs Team Preview

The Chicago Cubs enter this game with an overall record of 61-58 which puts them in 2nd place in the NL Central and are coming off a 3-5 loss against the Chicago White Sox in game one of the series.

Offensively, the Cubs scored three runs off five hits with two of the runs coming in the 1st inning when Ian Happ hit a two-run home run that also scored Mike Tauchman.

Javier Assad will take the mound for the Chicago Cubs against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday for game two of the series. Assad is 2-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.12 and has recorded 45 strikeouts.

Series Trends and Game Pick

The Chicago White Sox have won six of the last ten games in the series and have won by an average score of 5.8 to 5.4 in those matchups. The Cubs have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 5.67 to 5 in those contests.

The over is 5-4-1 in the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 11.2 runs per game in those contests. The over has hit in two of the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 10.67 runs per game in those matchups.

The Chicago Cubs enter this game with a better record and have been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. The Cubs have won by an average margin of .67 runs per game over the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the money line for the Chicago Cubs at -170 for this matchup on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Chicago Cubs Money Line (-170)