The Toronto Blue Jays go for a second straight win against the host Chicago White Sox when the teams wrap up a three-game series on Thursday night. The first pitch of the series finale is set for 8 p.m. ET at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.
Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays enter Thursday’s action at 31-28 and in fourth place in the American League East, a half-game behind the third-place New York Yankees and 10 games ahead of the last-place Baltimore Orioles.
The White Sox had a two-game winning streak snapped with the loss, as they fell to 37-24. Chicago sits atop the AL Central standings, four games ahead of the second-place Cleveland Indians and 7½ games ahead of the third-place Kansas City Royals.
If you’re looking at betting on this game, the MLB odds have the Blue Jays with a moneyline of -108, while the White Sox are listed at -102. The over/under for the game has been set at nine runs.
The Blue Jays struggled against White Sox starter Lance Lynn, who went seven innings in Wednesday’s game and allowed just one run, leaving with a 2-1 lead. But Toronto rallied in the eighth and ninth, scoring five runs to get the victory, thanks in part to four Chicago errors.
“We made those breaks because of the way we ran,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said after Wednesday’s win. “When you do that, infielders rush a little bit. And that’s what happened. Credit to our guys.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 0-for-3 in the game but drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth that tied the game. Guerrero enters Thursday’s action tied for first in baseball in both home runs (18) and RBIs (48) and is fourth in the majors with a .330 batting average.
Outfielder Randal Grichuk hit his 13th home run in Wednesday’s win, upping his RBI total to 44, which is tied for seventh in baseball. Grichuk has just three hits over his last five games, but two of those have been home runs.
Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu will be on the mound for the series finale, bringing a 5-3 record and 3.23 ERA to the game. Ryu has 59 strikeouts and 11 walks in 64 innings.
Ryu is coming off a loss in his start against Houston on Friday. He went 5.2 innings, allowing a season-high six runs on seven hits, including two home runs, while striking out one and walking three.
Hoping for More
The White Sox have the fourth-best ERA in baseball at 3.25 entering Thursday, and left-hander Dallas Keuchel will take the mound trying to improve on that. Keuchel is 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA, striking out 33 and walking 19 in 65.2 innings over 12 starts.
Keuchel took a no-decision in his last start, going six innings and allowing one earned run on five hits, including a home run, in the White Sox’s 9-8 victory over Detroit on Friday. Keuchel hasn’t taken a loss since April 30, going 3-0 over five May starts before the no-decision against the Tigers.
First baseman Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs, but he’s coming off a rough night on Wednesday. He went 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout, but the worst part of his night was when he got hit in the leg with an errant bat throw by the home plate umpire on Yoan Moncada’s RBI single as Abreu was waiting to bat.
Second baseman Nick Madrigal, who was batting .391 in June, hurt his hamstring trying to beat out a ground ball in the seventh inning. His status is unknown as he was undergoing tests on Thursday.
Moncada’s RBI single gave him 31 RBIs, tying him with catcher Yermin Mercedes for second on the team. Both players are batting .291, with Moncada hitting five home runs and Mercedes seven.
Blue Jays Win Series
The White Sox have been having trouble with their bullpen of late, and the Blue Jays took advantage of that on Wednesday night. Look for more of the same on Thursday, with Guerrero due for a breakout game.
When doing your MLB betting, take Toronto to get the win on the road.