The blue jays mlb is a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. It takes place on August 23, 2023 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
On Monday night, the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will begin a four-game series. It’s time to continue our MLB odds series with a prediction and selection for the White Sox vs. Blue Jays game.
As they enter this critical series, both of these teams have a lot on the line. The White Sox are in a good position to win the AL Central, but they’d want to enhance their seeding and enjoy home field advantage for more of the playoffs. The Blue Jays are still in contention for a postseason berth, sitting 4.5 games off of the last wild card position. For Toronto, every game is becoming a must-win situation, so expect them to play as if their playoff lives are on the line.
The odds for Monday’s game have been set as follows by the bookies.
MLB Betting Odds: White Sox vs. Blue Jays
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The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago (-101)
Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays (-109)
More than 8.5 runs (-117)
8.5 runs or less (-103)
Why Do The White Sox Have a Chance To Cover The Spread?
Chicago is one of baseball’s most well-rounded clubs. They have a terrific rotation and one of the greatest offenses in the league, and both should be on full show in this one.
Let’s begin with pitching. In this game, the White Sox will give pitcher Lance Lynn the start, which has usually worked out well for the team. Lynn has a 2.26 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, making him a serious Cy Young Award candidate. The right-hander has only played the Blue Jays once, throwing seven innings of one-run ball in his only appearance. Even a strong lineup like the Blue Jays will struggle against Lynn, who has been one of MLB’s top pitchers all season.
In the first game of the series, Chicago will face starting pitcher Alek Manoah. Manoah has been unexpectedly good this season, but the White Sox have a formidable offense to contend with. Batting average, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on-base percentage, on- Against this squad, Manoah is far from certain to have a strong pitching performance.
Why the Blue Jays are a good bet to cover the spread
With Manoah on the mound, the Blue Jays resemble a poor man’s White Sox. In that analogy, Manoah plays Lance Lynn, and the rising star has earned such high praise. His season-long statistics are impressive, but his past seven starts have been even better. Manoah has a 2.82 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP during that time. He’s obviously on a roll, and there’s every reason to think it will continue.
In this game, Manoah is pitching at home, where he has a 1.91 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. When facing Manoah at home, his opponents have a batting average of just.170. This season, the right-hander has already played the White Sox, throwing five innings and allowing just one run. Another aspect in Manoah’s favor is that Chicago is on a hot run at the bat heading into this game. Only three of the White Sox’s past eight games have seen them score more than four runs.
Prediction & Pick for the White Sox vs. Blue Jays
With two strong offenses on the field, it’s difficult to confidently select the under, but it’s the correct decision here. These pitchers have been outstanding all season, and they both like pitching late in games. Despite both sides’ attacking firepower, the under should comfortably hit.
FINAL PREDICTION: 8 1/2 runs or less (-103)