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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – July 26, 2016

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – July 26, 2016

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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Preview

Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

When: Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 PM ET

Line: Chicago Cubs (-170) at Chicago White Sox (+150); total: 9.0 – view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

Writer’s Pick: Chicago Cubs (-170)


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Pitching Edge – Chicago Cubs (-170)

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Starting for the White Sox in the final game of this two-game set is James Shields (4-12, 4.99 ERA). He is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs. Shields is starting to rediscover his old form, posting a 2.09 ERA in his past five outings. He surrendered two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in Chicago’s 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, will counter with Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27 ERA). The 26-year-old righty was superb in his last outing against the New York Mets, giving up just seven hits over 6.1 scoreless innings. Hendricks has allowed a total of just three earned runs over his last 37.1 innings. The Cubs are unbeaten in his past six starts. Their pitching staff has also been boosted by the arrival of flamethrower Aroldis Chapman. He will help shore up a Cubs bullpen that converted just 66 percent of their save opportunities, 11th in the National League this season.

Batting Edge – Chicago Cubs (-170)

There’s no denying the fact that the Chicago Cubs hold the advantage in the batting department for tonight’s interleague clash. The Cubs are second in the majors in on-base percentage (.346) and fourth in runs scored (498) this season. The Cubs are also third in the National League in the RBI department with 475 to their name this season.

Compare that to the offensively challenged White Sox who have scored just 403 runs this season, seventh-lowest in the entire majors. One guy who needs to step up for the White Sox tonight is Adam Eaton. He is 2-of-5 in his career against Kyle Hendricks with a homer and two RBIs. Eaton leads the White Sox in hits (107) and on-base percentage (.361) this season.

Writer’s Prediction: The Cubs (-170) edge past the White Sox, 7-3.

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