The AL East is going to close out the first half of the season with a race for first as tight as it was back in the opening week. There are just 2 games separating first from fourth, and the cellar dwelling Boston Red Sox have hit a run of form that now just leaves them 6 games out of first. The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to keep pace with the front runners when they head to Chicago for a 4-game series versus the White Sox. The second game of the series will go on Tuesday night, and here’s a game preview complete with MLB odds.
A Closer Look at the Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox MLB Lines Preview & Game Info
Time: Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. ET
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
National TV: none
Opening line: Blue Jays -115, White Sox +105 (8.5)
The Toronto Blue Jays (43-41) are coming off a week that can best be described as disappointing. They started out with the opportunity to really open up a gap between themselves and the Red Sox, but ended up losing 3 of 4. They then followed that up by losing 2 of 3 to the Detroit Tigers. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of those losses was the number of runs that the Blue jays gave up. They were routinely shelled, and their high-powered offense simply couldn’t keep pace. This has actually been par for the course for Toronto this season, as they can score runs like nobody else, but all too often find themselves having to rack them up because of how many they give up defensively. The Blue Jays will send Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.86 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday for his second start of the season.
There have been very few highlights in the first half of the season for the Chicago White Sox 36-43), but the way in which they performed at the tail end of last week must rank pretty high on the list. They stunned everyone by taking both games in the 2-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, and then followed that up by taking 2 of 3 from the Baltimore Orioles. They got some stellar pitching during that stretch, but returned to normal in the final game of the series with the O’s, as they fell 9-1. You have to wonder if this is a sign that this team is starting to put things together, or if it’s just one of those funny little winning spells that even the worst of teams manage during the season. Given how they have played to this point in the season, my money would be in the latter. Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81 ERA) will start for Chicago on Tuesday in search of back to back wins.
Key Baseball Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi White Sox’s last 11 games at home
- Chi White Sox is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
My Betting Prediction
The last time these two met, it was the Blue Jays who took 2 of 3, scoring 19 runs in the process. The Jays have not been great on the road this year, but they are good enough to get the win in this one, in what is likely to be a high-scoring affair.