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Washington is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Chicago.
**This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played**
White Sox Going For Third Win In Four GamesThe White Sox followed up their loss to Minnesota with a win over the Nationals in the first game of the series. They will try to keep the momentum going with another win over Washington, which will give them their third win in their last four games.
Chicago is averaging 4.09 runs per game. Their .240 batting average is 24th in the league. Their .294 on base percentage is 30th, while their .389 slugging percentage is 26th.
Andrew Benintendi leads the White Sox with a .268 batting average, while Luis Robert Jr. leads the team with 36 home runs and 78 RBI.
Chicago’s pitching hasn’t been good, with the team giving up 5.23 runs per game. Opponents have a .250 batting average against the White Sox, which is 19th in the league. Their 4.91 ERA is 26th, as is their 1.26 WHIP.
In his last start, Scholtens gave up seven hits and six runs in four innings, leading to a 10-2 loss to Minnesota. They will need a better performance from him if they want to win this game.
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Nationals Trying To Bounce Back From LossThe Nationals followed up their win over Milwaukee with a loss to the White Sox in the series opener. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over Chicago, which will give them their second win in their last three games.
Washington is averaging 4.25 runs per game. Their .252 batting average is 12th in the league. Their .312 on base percentage is 23rd, as is their .392 slugging percentage.
Joey Meneses leads the Nationals with a .278 batting average and 81 RBI while Lane Thomas leads the team with 25 home runs.
Washington’s pitching hasn’t been good, with the team giving up 5.19 runs per game. Opponents have a .271 batting average against the Nationals, which is 28th in the league. Their 4.98 ERA is 27th, while their 1.46 WHIP is 28th.
In his last start, Gray gave up five hits and two runs in 6.1 innings, leading to a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh. They will need another solid start from him if they want to get the win.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The White Sox have lost five of their last seven games and two of their last three road games. They aren’t playing well offensively and scored 15 runs in their last four games. Their offensive struggles will continue in this game because they haven’t had a lot of success batting against right-handers and Gray has done a decent job on the mound in recent starts, giving up five runs in his last two starts. He gave up seven runs in his last three starts and will keep Chicago’s offense in check. The Nationals have also struggled in recent games, losing six of their last eight games. They’ve also struggled offensively and scored 16 runs in their last four home games. But, they will play well offensively in this game because they have hit the ball well against right-handers and Scholtens has struggled on the mound, giving up 14 runs in his last three starts. He gave up eight runs in his last two road starts, and with Chicago having the sixth-worst bullpen in the league, they will have a hard time slowing down the Nationals in this game. Go with Washington to cover the money line.
Full-Game Total Pick
The White Sox are averaging 4.09 runs per game and 4.22 runs per game on the road. They averaged 4.67 runs per game in their last three games against the Nationals. With Washington giving up 5.45 runs per game at home, the White Sox will go over their average in this game. The Nationals are averaging 4.25 runs per game and 4.24 runs per game at home. They averaged six runs per game in their last three games against the White Sox. With Chicago giving up 5.17 runs per game on the road, the Nationals will score enough runs to push the score over the total. The Nationals and White Sox played over the total in two of their last three meetings.