What Do MLB Odds Say About Chicago On The Road Against Toronto?

Posted by Alex Murphy on Wednesday,May 27, 2015 9:36, EST in

With just 2 months of the season in the books, there is still plenty of time for teams who got off to a slow start to recover. Some teams are going to have a more difficult job than others, with the division they play in having a major part of how things might go. The Toronto Blue Jays are still very much alive and well in the AL East, while the Chicago White Sox have a much larger hole to climb out of in the Central. These two will complete a 3-game series in Toronto on Wednesday. Let’s check what is expected of this game and who is the favorite in the MLB odds.

Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays MLB Betting Preview

Time: Wednesday May 26, 12:37 p.m. ET
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
National TV: CSN, WSCR 670, WRTO 1200, SNET, SN 590
Opening line: Toronto -160

 


 

The Blue Jays (21-26) are coming off a pretty dismal run of games where they only won 2 of 11. The return of Jose Reyes might just serve as the spark that this team needs to get out of a rut. They have won 2-straight now, including Reyes first game back on Monday, and have cranked out 14 runs while only giving up 2 in those games. The one thing that Toronto has in their favor is that they are playing in a division that no-one seems to want to win at the moment. It looked for a while as though the Yankees might run away with things, but they have gone in the tank hard, leaving the cellar dwelling Jays just 3 games behind of Tampa Bay, who are now on top. Marco Estrada (1-3, 3.90 ERA) will get the start for Toronto on Wednesday. The Blue Jays have lost the last 4 games that Estrada has been a part of.

The Chicago White Sox (19-23) are also sitting at the bottom of their division, but the big difference there is that they are 8 games out of first right now. You have to go back 9 games to find the last time that the White Sox scored 4 or more runs in a single game, so it really shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that they went 2-6 in the games that followed. Chicago has now lost 3 straight games, which includes the first game in the series with the Blue Jays. This set of games is just the first of a total of 11 games that the Sox will play on the road in the coming days, which has to be alarming when you consider that they are just 7-13 on the road this season. Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 4.28 ERA) will start for Chicago on Wednesday. He has been one of the best players for the Sox all season, and went 8 innings in each of his last 2 starts, picking up the win in both.

Key Betting Trends

Chicago White Sox

  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Toronto
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox’s last 8 games

Toronto Blue Jays

  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto’s last 9 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

As good as Samardzija has been, his recent wins have come against teams with a whole lot less power than the Jays. I don’t think this will be a blowout, but I do like Toronto to come out with the win in this one.

Sources:
ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/_/name/chw/chicago-white-sox
Baseball-reference.com: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/estrama01.shtml