White Sox vs. Cubs Best Bet

by | May 3, 2022 | mlb

Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 07:40 ET

Location: Wrigley Field

TV: Marquee Sports Network

Money Line: White Sox -141 / Cubs +130 (BetOnline - Fastest Bitcoin payouts on the internet!)

Total Line: OFF

STARTING PITCHING

Chicago White Sox: Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.42)
Chicago Cubs: Drew Smyly (1-2, 2.79)

White Sox Projected Lineup

1B Gavin Sheets
2B Josh Harrison
CF Luis Robert
LF AJ Pollock
3B Jake Burger
1B José Abreu
C Yasmani Grandal
SS Tim Anderson
LF Andrew Vaughn

Cubs Projected Lineup

3B Patrick Wisdom
CF Jason Heyward
RF Seiya Suzuki
1B Alfonso Rivas
SS Nico Hoerner
C Willson Contreras
LF Ian Happ
RF Rafael Ortega
3B Jonathan Villar

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago White Sox: 9-13-0 SU / OU 10-11-1 / Run Line W/L 9-13-0
Chicago Cubs: 9-13-0 SU / OU 10-11-1 / Run Line W/L 11-11-0

The Chicago Cubs host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, May 3rd at Wrigley Field. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 07:40 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Chicago as the favorite (-140), while the OU line has yet to bet set - which is standard for Cubs games.

Recent Form

Heading into today’s game, Chicago will be looking to tack on another win after taking down the LA Angels by the score of 3-0. Heading into this game, Chicago was the betting underdogs with a moneyline of -143.0. Through 17 games as the favorite, the team has won at a rate of 53.0%. On offense, Chicago’s lineup put together a total of 7 hits, while the pitching staff allowed 0 runs on 2 hits. Combined, the White Sox and LA Angels fell short of the over-under betting line of 7.5 runs. So far, Chicago has been a good candidate to fall below the betting lines, as their over-under record sits at just 10-11-1.

The White Sox will be hoping to pick up a win in today’s matchup, as they have gone just 2-3 over their last 5 games. In this rough stretch of games, the team’s run differential comes in at -1. In their last 5 contests, Chicago is averaging 3.0 runs per game, right in line with their season average of 3.27. Chicago’s overall series record is just 3-3-1.

Chicago will look to keep things rolling as they are coming off a 2-0 win over Milwaukee. This was a good win for the Cubs, as they were underdogs at 195.0. So far, the team has gone into 7 games as the underdog, still finding the win column at a rate of 29%. Offensively, Chicago came up with 5 hits, while the team’s pitching staff allowed 3 hits, leading to 0 runs. With this result, Cubs and Milwaukee combined to fall below the over-under line of 6.5 runs. This result comes as no surprise, as the team’s over-under record is just 10-11-1.

The Cubs come into today’s game looking to turn things around, as they are just 2-3 over their last 5 games. During this time, the team has a run differential of -17. If Chicago is going to pick up their play, they need to improve their offensive performance. Over their last 5 contests, they are averaging just 2.2 runs per game, compared to a season average of 4.36. Chicago has a below .500 series record of just 1-4-2.

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Pitching Matchup

For the White Sox, Michael Kopech gets the start. So far, he has yet to factor into a decision. Currently, Kopech has a strong ERA of just 1.42, while pitching an average of 4.75 innings per outing. So far, batters are hitting just 0.148 against him. Not only does Kopech have a strong batting average allowed figure, but he has yet to give up a home run. On the season, Michael Kopech has had no problem racking up strikeouts, posting a strikeout percentage of 24.7% while averaging 9.0 K’s per 9 innings. For the season, he has struggled with command averaging 2.25 walks per outing.

For the Cubs, Drew Smyly gets the start. So far, he has put together a record of 1-2. Heading into his matchup vs Chicago, Smyly has a strong ERA, sitting at just 2.79. This has come while averaging 4.78 innings per appearance. On the season, opposing team’s have put together a batting average of 0.24 against Smyly. On average, opponents are averaging 1.86 home runs against the left-hander. Heading into today’s action, Drew Smyly is averaging 6.0 K’s per 9 innings. Throughout the season, his strong command has led to an average of just 0.75 walks per contest.

Chicago vs Chicago History

Today’s matchup between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs will be their first meeting of the season. Going back to last year, Chicago won the season series, 5 games to 1. In these 6 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 4-2, with the average scoring differential sitting at 5.83 runs. Last year, the White Sox and Cubs combined to average 13.5 runs per game.

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Betting Trends

  • White Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record.
  • White Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague road games.
  • Cubs are 41-20 in their last 61 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Cubs are 17-35 in their last 52 home games.

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Prediction

Even though the White Sox have had their trouble on offense, particularly against left-handed pitching, I expect them to have a good scoring night against Drew Smyly. Early on, opponents have had no problem finding their power stroke against the Cubs’ leftie.

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