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#970 Toronto Blue Jays -115
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 1:07pm EDT
Written by Chris Altruda

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Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

When and Where: Sunday, May 12, Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ont., 1:07 p.m. EDT.

Toronto meets the Chicago White Sox in the finale of this three-game series. Lucas Giolito will meet Aaron Sanchez in a battle of right-handers.

Is Giolito on verge of turning corner for ChiSox?

Lucas Giolito (3-1, 4.06 ERA) was a 10-game winner — and a 13-game loser —  last year as the White Sox (17-21) were content to let him learn his way through game situations. Some of those lessons appear to be paying off as the right-hander is coming off the best start of his career.

Giolito matched a career-high Tuesday night by pitching 7 1-3 innings, and he scattered three hits and three walks while striking out eight in a 2-0 victory at Cleveland. It was just the second time in his career Giolito pitched more than five innings without allowing a run.

‘‘They weren’t adjusting to it, so we just stuck with that,’’ Giolito told the Chicago Sun Times after relying on his fastball and changeup for all but four of his 105 pitches. ‘‘I was like: ‘Why mess around? Let’s go after them with heaters and changeups off of that.’ And it worked out well.’’

Giolito has won all three of his road starts this year, posting a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings. He has struck out 22 in those wins while limiting opposing hitters to a .182 batting average.

His lone start against Toronto came last year, and the righty left without a decision after yielding five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings before the White Sox rallied for a 9-5 home victory.

Trade rumors abound as Sanchez starts for the Jays

For the second straight game, there may be as much fan attention on Aaron Sanchez as there is from opponents’ scouts as rumors persist the Blue Jays (16-23) will be sellers in the coming months as part of a rebuild.

Sanchez (3-3, 3.21) has tailed off following a good opening to 2019 and is trying to avoid losing a third consecutive start. The right-hander got no help Tuesday night versus Minnesota, giving up a first-inning run and a two-run homer in the sixth while pitching seven innings of Toronto’s 3-0 defeat.

“I was really impressed [with Sanchez],” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “He minimized damage in the first inning and started throwing strikes and getting people out early in the count. He was outstanding. He gave us a chance.”

A chance is something Sanchez may prove hard to find given Toronto’s prolonged offensive struggles after Saturday’s 7-2 loss, the ninth in 11 games for the Blue Jays. They have 23 runs in span and have been held to two or fewer runs in five of their last six contests.

Sanchez has not recorded a decision in either of his starts versus the White Sox. He was reached for three runs and six hits in six innings of Toronto’s eventual 4-3 home loss April 4, 2018, in the most recent matchup.

White Sox catcher Wellington Castillo is 3 for 9 with a homer versus Sanchez, while Yolmer Sanchez is 2 for 3.

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The combination of Giolito coming off such a phenomenal start and a Blue Jays offense that has been scuffling for nearly two weeks, there is little reason to think Toronto is going to snap out of its funk in this game. Giolito’s overall road form thus far is another reason to back the White Sox to claim a series win.

Prediction: White Sox +105

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The teams have been right around the number in the first two games of this series, with Toronto’s ninth-inning run ending a four-game run on the under for the White Sox, The hedge is Giolito does enough in this outing — he has a strong track record with the under going 10-4 in his last 14 starts during game 3 of a series — and Sanchez continues to deliver the under versus AL Central teams, with the under 11-4 in his last 15 such outings.

Prediction: UNDER 8.5 runs (Even)

Written By Chris Altruda

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.