Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers meet for game one of their interleague series on Chicago’s Southside. The White Sox are -145 favorites over the Brewers with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Chicago White Sox have cooled off from their torrid run in May but they are still very much in the thick of the A.L. Central division race. The White Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 17-20 at home this season, and they are a half of a game back in the standings. As a team the White Sox are hitting .254 with Paul Konerko hitting .354, Alejandro De Aza hitting .297, and Alex Rios hitting .287. The White Sox pitching staff has an ERA 4.00 with the starters at 4.11 and the bullpen at 3.77. For game one of the series Chicago starts Chris Sale who has been nothing short of sensational this season. For the year Sale has allowed 58 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 82 over 80.1 innings of work for a 2.46 ERA.
The Milwaukee Brewers won the N.L. Central last season but they are going to need to make a major move if they hope to repeat this season. The Brewers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 14-19 on the road this season, and 6.5 games back and in fourth place in the N.L. Central standings. As a team the Brewers are hitting .244 with Ryan Braun hitting .321, Aramis Ramirez hitting .263, and Corey Hart hitting .248. As a team the Brewers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.27 with the starters at 4.11 and the bullpen at 4.56. For game one against the Sox Milwaukee starts Zack Greinke who hasn’t lost in his last four starts. For the season Greinke has allowed 89 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 95 over 87 innings of work for a 3.10 ERA.
Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight games following an off day, 2-6 in their last eight games overall, and 5-1 in Sale’s last six starts. Milwaukee is 3-7 in their last 10 games against the A.L. Central, 3-10 in their last 13 interleague road games, and 22-8 in Greinke’s last 30 starts. Milwaukee is 1-8 in the last nine meetings of these two.
The total is set at 7.5 but given these two pitchers the play is still the under.