The rubber match of a three-game series goes on Thursday as the White Sox host the Blue Jays. Chicago won the first game 6-1 on Tuesday, while Toronto took the second game 6-2.
Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu will take on lefty Dallas Keuchel in a battle of veteran southpaws.
Grichuk powers the Jays on WednesdayOutfield Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run (13th) to lead the Jays over the White Sox on Wednesday in a 6-2 victory. Grichuk is having a strong season with 13 dingers, 44 RBI, and a .277 average. Two seasons ago, Grichuck hit 31 homers, but hit just .232 and had 163 strikeouts with just 35 walks and a .281 OBP. This season, he has a .311 OBP with just 10 walks, but also has 14 doubles.
Toronto has struggled with consistency as of late. They have won just two games in their last five after sweeping Miami at home in two games. At 31-28, they are six games out of first place in the AL East behind Tampa Bay and would have the second wild card slot if the season ended today.
The Blue Jays will go with Ryu, who is 5-3 with a 3.23 ERA this season adding 59 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 64 innings. He's never faced the Chicago White Sox in his career. In his last start, he gave up six earned runs and two homers in a 13-1 loss to Houston on June 4.
Overall, Toronto is ranked 6th in runs per game (4.90), second in batting average (.257) and second in OPS (.759). They rank 14th in ERA (4.00) and 23rd in quality starts (17).
Can Keuchel find consistency?The White Sox had just four hits in their 6-2 loss on Wednesday to the Jays. Leadoff hitter Tim Anderson had a double and a stolen base to improve to .302 on the season. The problem for Chicago is the middle of the lineup where Jose Abreu is hitting .248, C Yasmani Grandal is hitting .155 and OF Adam Eaton is hitting just .199.
Keuchel has a 4-1 record with a 4.25 ERA and is coming off a decent start, where he allowed just one earned run in six innings. in a 9-8 win over Detroit. He's been up-and-down mostly, giving up four earned runs in the previous game to Baltimore, but the White Sox also won that game 7-4. In his career against Toronto, he is 4-0 with a 4.78 ERA in six starts.
On the season, the White Sox rank fifth in baseball in runs scored (4.90), fourth in batting average (.252) and sixth in OPS (.743). They rank fourth in ERA (3.26), seventh in WHIP (1.16) and 28th in errors with 43. Fielding has been an issue this season and was again on Wednesday when they committed four errors.
- 4-1 last 5 as a road favorite.
- 8-3 last 11 road games.
White Sox are:
- 1-4 last 5 in Game 3 of a series.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It's understandable that Toronto is 8-3 on the road in their last 11 games. They really don't have a home, since they can't play in Canada yet due to COVID-19 issues, so they've spent time in Florida and Buffalo. They have the advantage with Ryu on the mound against a team that has never seen him before. He's a very good pitcher coming off his worst game of the season, so expect a bounce-back. Keuchel is a solid pitcher, but Toronto hits lefties very well, scoring 5.54 runs per game.
Full-Game Total Pick
These are pretty good hitting teams but both pitchers are tough to hit. It's tough to face a pitcher like Ryu for the first time. Toronto has gone under in three straight and last night's game was a push. Chicago has gone under in three straight and four of their last five games.