A marquee series wraps up in Chicago as the Toronto Blue Jays (31-28, 18-15 Away) take on the Chicago White Sox (37-24, 24-11 Home) in the rubber match of their three-game set on Thursday. First pitch from Guaranteed Rate Field is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST.
This will be the last time these two see each other in action until late August after the White Sox took the opener and Toronto rebounded with a victory in the middle game of the series.
Thursday’s series finale will feature a pitching matchup between two lefties in the Jays’ Hyun Jin Ryu and Chicago’s Dallas Keuchel.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview: Sixes Wild
The Jays won Wednesday (in come-from-behind fashion) by the count of 6-2, after falling on Tuesday 6-1. In fact, the winner of the last four Blue Jays’ games, and six of the last eight even, has tallied six runs going back to the end of May against Cleveland.
So far in this series, Robbie Ray struck out 13 White Sox hitters, reaching that mark for the third time in his career. Also, Bo Bichette now has 50 multi-hit games in his short time in the big leagues (since 2019) after collecting three singles on Wednesday.
A Yankees win on Wednesday prevented Toronto from leap-frogging New York in the AL East, as the Jays remain a half-game behind the Bombers, in fourth place in the ultra-competitive division.
Chicago White Sox Betting Preview: Injury Concerns
The White Sox remain the top team in the AL Central despite a growing list of injuries. They’ve already lost Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert to significant ailments and are bracing for the news after Nick Madrigal hurt his hamstring, running out a slow grounder to third on Wednesday. Madrigal has been a rock in the infield and leads the team with 61 hits through its first 61 games.
The team is also hoping that José Abreu avoided any major damage after a freak accident saw the home plate umpire toss a bat that connected with the slugger’s knee as a play at the plate unfolded. Abreu would continue in the game with a noticeable limp.
Blue Jays vs. White Sox Betting Odds & Lines
According to MyBookie, the Blue Jays are slight moneyline favorites (-115) on Thursday with an over/under of 8.5 runs. Toronto is +135 on the run line, while Chicago is -105 on the moneyline and -160 getting a run and a half.
Free Betting Pick
Keuchel is 4-0 with a 4.78 ERA in six career starts against Toronto while walking 15 and striking out 27 in 37 2/3 innings. Ryu, who surrendered six runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Houston Astros last Friday, is facing Chicago for the first time in his career.
We’re siding with the home team to win the game and the series as the White Sox haven’t lost on Thursday in their last five tries, they’re 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter and are 15-3 in their last 18 after allowing five runs or more in their previous game. Really solid value at play here.