Toronto (41-35) at Chicago White Sox (37-38)
When: Sunday, June 26th 2016
Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
Time: 2:10 ET | TV: Sportsnet, WGN
The Chicago White Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in the rubber-match of their three-game weekend series. Chicago squeezed out a 3-2 win on Friday night and hit seven solo homeruns on Saturday, but the pitching failed to take advantage. The Blue Jays pulled out a 10-8 victory thanks to multiple-hit performances by five players. Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Devon Travis hit his fourth home run of the season as the Blue Jays won for just the second time in six games. Toronto will head to Colorado on Monday for a three-game interleague series before heading home to play the final 11 games leading up to the All-Star Break. The White Sox dropped just their second game over the last six and will look to get back to the .500 mark before entertaining Minnesota for three games.
Pitchers: Blue Jays – Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23 ERA) | White Sox – Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83)
Marcus Stroman was supposed to be the Blue Jays ace this season, but has the worst starting ERA on the club right now. He pitched seven strong innings against light-hitting Philadelphia on June 14th but fell off again at Baltimore last Sunday. Stroman was hit for seven runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings and now has fallen to 1-2 with a 7.89 ERA in June. Stroman started against Chicago at home on April 25th and did not factor in the decision while yielding four runs and six hits in 6.2 innings.
Chris Sale had not been himself since two straight complete games in the middle of May, but bounced back in his latest outing against Boston. Sale allowed just four hits and one run while striking out 9 in seven innings in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. He allowed two or more runs in five straight starts prior to Tuesday’s victory. Sale started at Toronto on April 26 and breezed to a win while allowing one run and four hits in eight innings.
Based on how these two pitched earlier this season against each other’s teams, the edge goes to Sale. He is also pitching much better overall this season than Stroman. Chicago is 4-2 in their last six while Toronto is 2-4. The Sox hit seven homers yesterday and I think they’ll hit a few more today, hopefully with men on base this time.
Pick: White Sox -130