White Sox vs Cubs Prediction - MLB Picks 8/16/23

Chicago Cubs (61-58) vs Chicago White Sox (48-72)

Game Info: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Javier Assad (2-2) (3.12) vs Mike Clevinger (5-5) (3.55)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -148 / Chicago White Sox +124 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago White Sox will play the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of their series on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won the first game in this series by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night. The Cubs are having a much better season than the White Sox, but anything can happen in this rivalry. 

White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox are 48-72 this season and they have lost four of their last six games. Prior to winning the first game in this series, Chicago lost all three games in their series with the Brewers. The White Sox are 5-4 in their last nine games, with series wins over the Guardians and Yankees. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .244 opponent batting average this year. The White Sox offense has scored 495 runs with a .238 batting average and a .295 on base percentage. Luis Robert is batting .273 with 32 home runs and 66 RBI’s for the White Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Mike Clevinger, who is 5-5 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 78.2 innings pitched this season.

Cubs Preview

The Chicago Cubs are 61-58 this season and they have lost three of their last five games. The Cubs came into this series after winning two out of three games in their series in Toronto. Chicago is second in the NL Central, but they are starting to fade more than a couple of games behind the Brewers. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 600 runs with a .255 batting average and a .332 on base percentage this season. Cody Bellinger is batting .325 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI’s for the Cubs. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Javier Assad, who is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 60.2 innings pitched this year. 

Chicago Cubs Team Facts

  • The Cubs have lost 10 of their last 11 home games against AL Central opponents that held a losing record.
  • The road team has covered the run line in each of the last five games between the White Sox and Cubs.
  • The Cubs have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three games against American League opponents.
  • The Cubs have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last four night games at Wrigley Field against American League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Cubs' last four night games at Wrigley Field.

Chicago White Sox Team Facts

  • The White Sox have won each of their last six games at Wrigley Field.
  • The White Sox have covered the run line in eight of their last nine games at Wrigley Field.
  • The White Sox have led after 3 innings in each of their last four night games against National League opponents.
  • The White Sox have led after 7 innings in each of their last six games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Cubs ranks 5th in the league for runs scored this season (600).
  • The Chicago Cubs ranks 5th in the league for RBI's this season (576).
  • The Chicago White Sox ranks 29th in the league for walks allowed this season (476).
  • The Chicago White Sox ranks 4th in the league for strikeouts this season (1129).

Pick

The White Sox upset the Cubs in Game 1 of this series and even though they have a terrible record, they have played pretty well in their last nine games. The White Sox are only 23-39 on the road, but they are starting Mike Clevinger, who has allowed seven earned runs in his last 26.1 innings pitched. The Cubs are starting Javier Assad, who has allowed three earned runs in his last 16.1 innings of work. We have a pretty decent pitching matchup in this game, but I really like how Clevinger has looked lately. Give me the White Sox on the road. 

David’s Pick White Sox ML

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