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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Total Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Wednesday May 7, 2014 ESPN

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago White Sox host the Chicago Cubs in an interleague match up.

In their last games: In yesterday’s game the White Sox beat the Cubs 5-1.

Gordon Beckham hit a game tying HR in the 8th inning in yesterday’s game and the White Sox went on to score 3 more runs in the 9th inning for the 5-1 win.

These teams just finished a 2-game series where the Cubs where the hosts and the White Sox won both games.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In their 2 home games where they were swept by the White Sox the Cubs only scored 1 run in each of the games.

The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 road games against the White Sox.

In the last 17 games between these 2 teams the Under record is 11-4-2.

Pitching Match Up
Chicago Cubs: Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35 ERA)
Chicago White Sox: John Danks (2-2, 5.00 ERA

Betting Odds

Money Line: Cubs -102 / White Sox -108
Run Line: White Sox -1.5 +180
Total Line: 8 Over (-115)

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Chicago Cubs: 11-20 SU / O/U 15-15 / Run Line W/L 17-14
Chicago White Sox: 17-17 SU / O/U 19-14 / Run Line W/L 17-17

Key Betting Trends
• The Cubs are 7-19 in their last 26 road games.
• The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter.
• The Cubs have an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
• The White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 interleague games.
• The White Sox are 4-9 in their last 13 interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.
• The White Sox have an Under record if 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Key Player Injuries

Pedro Strop RP Out May 6 groin Status uncertain
Ryan Sweeney OF D.L. May 3 hamstring Late May?
Jose Veras RP D.L. Apr 26 middle body Early May
Justin Ruggiano OF D.L. Apr 24 hamstring Late May?
Kyuji Fujikawa RP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Mid-2014
James McDonald SP D.L. Mar 30 shoulder Out indefinitely

Adam Dunn DH Out May 6 calf Day-to-day
Adam Eaton OF D.L. May 3 hamstring Late May
Conor Gillaspie 3B D.L. Apr 26 hand May 7
Chris Sale SP D.L. Apr 22 elbow Early June?
Felipe Paulino SP D.L. Apr 19 shoulder Mid-May?
Avisail Garcia OF D.L. Apr 10 shoulder 2015
Nate Jones R D.L. Apr 4 back Mid-June?
Jeff Keppinger 2B D.L. Mar 30 shoulder Mid-May?

Total Pick:

The Cubs managed only 2 runs in 2 games at Wrigley when the wind was blowing in, but got their share of runs against a very good Cardinals’ pitching staff in their 3 previous games. Chicago batters should get back on track versus the White Sox’ John Danks who hasn’t been sharp in his last 2 allowing 12 runs in 10.2 innings. The White Sox hitters haven’t been tearing the cover off the ball against left-handers this season, but a few of their hitters have had success versus Cubs’ starter Travis Wood in limited plate appearances in the past. Wood has been getting hit on the road allowing 18 hits in 11.1 innings with a 5.56 ERA. Take Over 8 -112.

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