Can The Chicago Cubs Keep Their Win Streak Alive Against The White Sox?

Cubs vs. Whitesox Predictions 2017

The Windy City Showdown will be switching venues on Wednesday as the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs continue their rivalry.

What: Washington Nationals vs Los Angeles Angels Betting Prediction

  • When: July 19, 2017, 10:08 PM ET
  • Where: Angel Stadium
  • Moneyline: Nationals -123 vs Angels +113
  • Over/Under: 9
  • Coverage: ESPN

Chicago Cubs Analysis

The Cubs have been one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break, and have won nine of their 11 games since the break.

The defending champs were inconsistent in the first half of the season but seem to be back on track as they regained the NL Central lead from the Milwaukee Brewers and won Tuesday’s game against the White Sox 7-2 at Wrigley Field.

Cubs’ starter John Lackey allowed both runs on five hits and two BB over five innings while four relievers threw shutout baseball.

The Cubs totaled ten hits and nine walks with Wilson Contreras going 3-5 with one home run and four RBI’s and Albert Almora Jr. batting in two.

Even though the Cubs and White Sox have a fierce rivalry, Cubs fans should be thanking their cross-town rivals for trading pitcher Jose Quintana to the Cubs.

Quintana, who was pitching well for the White Sox, became expendable now that the team is no longer in playoff contention.

The addition of Quintana, who is 2-0 with the Cubs, and the resurgence of the Cubs starting rotation are part of the reason the Cubs find themselves at the top of the NL Central again.

If the team keeps playing as well as they have in the second half of the season, they will once again be the favorites to win the Fall Classic.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

Did you know Arrieta was drafted three times? Cincinnati Reds in 2004, the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 and Baltimore Orioles in 2007.

The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta out to the mound to take on the White Sox. In 20 starts, Arrieta has a 9-7 record with a 4.11 ERA.

After struggling through most of the first half of the season, the 2015 Cy Young winner has been pitching very well lately. In his last four starts, Arrieta has allowed only six runs.

Arrieta has a chance to win his 10th game of the season tonight and this would put him on track of possibly winning 16 or 17 games.

The Cubs will need Arrieta to remain focused and try to keep his ERA down in what remains of the season.

Cubs Betting Trends

  • Chi Cubs is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road

Chicago White Sox Analysis

The White Sox came into the season hoping to contend in the AL Central, but things haven’t worked out as planned for them.

The White Sox are currently competing with the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies for the worst record in baseball.

Unlike the streaking Cubs, the White Sox have lost 10 of their last 11 games, and were on a nine-game losing streak before defeating the Cubs on Monday.

The White Sox won the first game against the Cubs on Monday, and ended their nine-game losing streak, but their offense stalled in Tuesday’s game as did the pitching.

Starter Carlos Rondon gave up four runs on seven hits and walked three while striking out eleven through four innings of work.

The White Sox have struggled on both sides of the plate this season. Their starting pitching has been one of the worst in the league with 31 quality starts, which is 29th overall.

Their batting average is slightly above average at .258, but they haven’t scored a lot of runs and the 424 runs they have so far is 24th in the league.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

Shields' 11 complete games during the 2011 season remain the most by any pitcher since 1999

James Shields will get the start for the White Sox on Wednesday. In nine starts, the veteran pitcher has a 2-2 record with a 5.79 ERA.

Shields has given up six runs in two of his last three starts, and a total of 16 runs in his last three starts.

White Sox Betting Trends

  • Chi White Sox is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chi White Sox is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox's last 12 games

Pick and Prediction

The White Sox are in selling mode right now and are building towards the future. The Cubs are going to light Shields up and win a relatively easy game.

 
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