Snell Seeks To Shut Down White Sox
The way the offense has been performing for the San Diego Padres, Blake Snell will need to be at his best in Sunday’s series finale with the Chicago White Sox.
Snell’s overall numbers don’t paint the prettiest picture, but he has been dominant since June 30, going 8-4 with a 2.59 ERA, and unhittable in his last three starts. The 29-year-old has allowed just six hits and one earned run while striking out 26 batters over his last 19 innings.
“That’s got to be some of the best stuff in the league,” Padres’ catcher Austin Nola told the media after Snell shut down the Cardinals Sep. 21.. “The arsenal – fastball, slider, curveball, changeup – it’s elite stuff. It just disappears.” Snell is 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA against the White Sox, but hasn’t faced them since 2019.
Andrus Getting It Done
Elvis Andrus may be at the tail end of his career, but the infielder can still handle a bat. The 34-year-old, who is in his 16th season, homered to stake the White Sox to an early lead Saturday, but the White Sox couldn’t make it stand up.
Andrus, who is in the final year of his contract and won’t meet the requirements for a vesting option, came to the White Sox at the trade deadline from the Oakland A’s and has provided some solid production. The longtime Texas Ranger has hit better than .260 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs for the Sox. Andrus added an RBI-single in the eighth inning but that is all the White Sox would get.
Cronenworth Comes Up Big for Padres
Like many of the Padres, Jake Cronenworth has been slumping in September, but it didn’t stop him from hitting a big two-run home run in Saturday’s 5-2 victory against the White Sox. The second baseman went deep off White Sox starter Dylan Cease to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and the Padres held on to push their magic number to 1 thanks to losses by the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers.
“I think they’ve slowly been getting better all season,” Cronenworth told the media of his at-bats. “Obviously, you’re going to have some lulls in there, but right now I’m in a really good spot.” The Padres lead the Phillies by two games and the Brewers by three games.
White Sox vs Padres Head-to-Head
With a win Sunday, the Padres can take the first series with the White Sox since 2017. The White Sox lead the all-time series 8-6, including 3-2 on the road.
White Sox vs Padres Information
- Game: White Sox (78-80) vs Padres (87-71)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
White Sox vs Padres Betting Lines
|+140||7 +105o||2½ +120u|
|Padres||-155||7 -125u||3½ -115u|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
White Sox vs Padres Prediction
The Padres will try to hit the longball against veteran White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn, who has been touched up for 18 homers. Lynn had won five straight decisions prior to taking the loss in his last two starts, during which he surrendered 19 hits and seven earned runs.
Many of the trends point to the White Sox, but look for the Padres to gut one out again.