MLB Picks: Chicago White Sox vs. Colorado Rockies

The Chicago White Sox (3-3) and Colorado Rockies (3-4) will open up a interleague series Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET at Coors Field

Chicago White Sox vs. Colorado Rockies  

The Colorado Rockies are one of the best offensive teams in baseball
The Colorado Rockies are one of the best offensive teams in baseball

Chicago has split its first six games of the season, as it comes off a 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals as +108 road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The White Sox are 171-132 all-time in interleague play, but are just 17-21 over the last two seasons.  Offensively, the club is hitting .278 and averaging 5.7 runs to start off the 2014 campaign.  Chicago is 13-29 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 dating back to 2012.

White Sox starting pitcher Felipe Paulino (0-0, 1.69 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 7-6 home win over the Minnesota Twins last week, as he allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits over 5.1 innings of work.  The right-hander is 7-19 with a 5.86 ERA in 46 career road games, while he’s compiled a 0-5 record and 4.25 ERA in 18 lifetime appearances in April.

Colorado had its two-game winning streak snapped Sunday, as it suffered a 5-3 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks as -117 home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time this season.  The Rockies have one of the more potent lineups in all of baseball, with Michael Cuddyer being one of the key contributors—hitting .297 with 19 home runs in 145 career games versus the White Sox.  Colorado is 25-14 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 the last two-plus seasons.

Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles (1-0, 7.20 ERA) escaped with a 6-5 road win over the Miami Marlins in his first outing—surrendering four runs and five hits over five frames.  The right-hander has gone 7-12 with a 4.58 ERA in 34 outings before the All-Star break in his career, which is far better than his 6.20 ERA after the Midsummer Classic.  In two lifetime outings (one start) versus the White Sox, Lyles has gone 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 5-1-1 in the Rockies last seven overall games.

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