MLB Predictions: Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox

The Chicago Cubs (11-21) and Chicago White Sox (18-17) will continue a MLB interleague series Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox 

The Chicago White Sox have won a season-high four consecutive games
The Chicago White Sox have won a season-high four consecutive games

The Chicago Cubs have lost four consecutive games, including an 8-3 setback to the White Sox as -106 road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5.    The Cubs are 2-8 in their last 10 games away from Wrigley Field—playing a part in falling 10 games below .500 for the first time this season.  It’s important to point out that the franchise is 15-29 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 since the start of the 2012 campaign.

Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 3-0 home win over the St. Louis Cardinals in his first trip to the mound this season, as he allowed just four hits over 5.1 shutout innings.  The right-hander went 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five injury rehab appearances between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.  In three career efforts versus the White Sox, Arrieta has compiled a 1-1 record and 5.17 ERA.

The Chicago White Sox have won a season-high four consecutive games, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that span.   Offensively, the team continues to be led by rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, who now has an MLB-best 24 extra-base hits.  Second baseman Gordon Beckham is also starting to come to life due to being a .348 career hitter against the Cubs.  Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 20-27 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.

White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68 ERA) is scheduled to make his third career appearance in the big leagues, as he’s allowed just one earned run over 13.1 innings of work.  The right-hander was 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA over four starts this season with Class AAA Charlotte before having his contract purchased on April 27.  Carroll will be making his first appearance in the Windy City rivalry.

Sports bettors will likely back the White Sox due to their 9-4 record in their last 13 interleague home games.

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