Adding a second play on 4/26 in the game between the White Sox and Jays. Chicago rallied last night to hand the winless Jays’ bullpen its seventh loss on the young season. The South Side Sox are 14-6 and have won all of Chris Sale’s starts this season. That’s the man who gets the ball tonight.
Chicago on the road was a heavy lean last night when it was trading somewhere in the neighborhood of -125. And this morning, at -115, the White Sox are a definite go. They’ll face a guy who has something that Chris Sale likely covets, and that’s a Cy Young. But most of us are well aware that RA Dickey is far removed from his days at the top of the New York Mets rotation. He’s been consistently poor through four starts this season, giving up 25 hits and 14 earned runs in 20 innings of work, though he is coming off his first quality start (three runs in six innings against Baltimore). He still walked two in that outing, and has thrown ball four every other inning, on average. But if it’s so obvious to everyone that Dickey just isn’t very good anymore, then who are these people backing him and driving the price shift? Toronto for plus money at home will certainly attract its fair share of backers any time. And Sale will have to deal with all those right-handed bats, who hit about 50 points higher against him on average. That does concern me, but it’s still RA Dickey against Chris Sale and I refuse to overanalyze. This one should feature lots of opportunity for Chicago against rare chances for Toronto. If Sale can keep Toronto in the park, 5-0 is in his near future. Don’t get cute with this one. We’ll take the bargain price.
Free Pick: White Sox -115
YTD: 4-3-1 +1.47
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02