June 28th 2014 - Posted at 11:00 AM ET
There is one MLB and one World Cup pick today.
Note: The World Cup pick is for the 90 minutes plus stoppage time and does NOT include extra-time or penalty shootouts. That means if Brazil were to win in extra time or penalties, we would lose the bet. They have to win in regulation (90 minutes + added time).
#1: Take Brazil (-193) on the Money Line against Chile risking 2%
#2: Take Chicago White Sox (-116) on the Money Line against Toronto Blue Jays risking 2%
(Sale and Stroman must start)
The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays continue game 3 of their 4-game series this afternoon at the Rogers Centre.
It’s fairly common knowledge that these two teams have recently been struggling. Both have powerful lineups that have shown their ability to put runs on the board but both have also been wildly inconsistent recently. There are times when these two are unpredictable but one factor is for certain and that is that when Chicago hand the ball to their ace, Chris Sale, he gives them a great chance of winning.
Sale has no doubt been the star of this White Sox pitching rotation. He is 6-1 on the season through 11 starts and has a very respectable 2.27 ERA! Sale has also been a strikeout machine as he has struck out 78 batters in 71 total innings this year. He has been consistent all season long; the issue has mostly been with the lack of run support that he receives. It's unfortunate that Sale is high on the list of pitchers who receive the least amount of support from their team. On a positive note however, the White Sox have been showing some consistency at the plate. It has been their pitching that has recently struggled. That should change this afternoon with Sale on the mound.
The Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the hill to face the White Sox for the very first time in his career. Stroman has made some bullpen appearances but this will be his 6th start of the season. So far he has gone 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA in all appearances. He has pitched decent thus far this season, but he is simply outclassed by Sale on the mound today. Stroman has been hittable and has given up at least 1 homerun in each of his last 3 starts. The White Sox batting order is littered with power hitters and he will need to navigate them very carefully.
Chris Sale struggled in his last start, giving up 11 hits but only 2 earned runs while only striking out 3. While many would consider that a decent start, that is not something that we are used to seeing from him. Sale doesn't typically struggle like that and it's even more rare to see him do it in consecutive starts. The way to beat the Blue Jays is to force them to play "small ball". Toronto loves to play the game like it's a home run derby, but they struggle to move runners along by grinding out hits. Sale is the type of pitcher who does not make many mistakes and should not allow them to hit some out of the park. He should have the edge over Stroman this afternoon and be able to contain the Blue Jays offense. We expect the White Sox to build on the momentum from last night’s win and pull off another close win in Toronto this afternoon.
Other notable facts to consider:
- Chris Sale is 4-0 in day games this season and has been backed by 21 runs of support!
- The White Sox lineup currently ranks 8th in runs and 13th in team batting average.
- The White Sox rank 9th in slugging percentage this season.
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