For the middle contest of a three-game American League set, the Chicago White Sox will pay another visit to T-Mobile Park.
White Sox and Mariners Performance Recap
The South Siders have come out on top of three of these clubs’ four matchups this year, including a series win at home in April. They won Monday’s clash by a 3-2 decision.
Pitcher Lance Lynn had a dominant performance in that triumph, going seven frames and not allowing the Mariners an earned run. He also set 11 challengers down on strikes.
His side opened the scoring when left fielder AJ Pollock had a solo shot to left field in the top of the second.
After Seattle knotted it up in the bottom half of the same inning, shortstop Elvis Andrus homered to give the White Sox a permanent advantage. But, before we look at White Sox vs Mariners odds, how are both doing lately?
White Sox Recent Struggle
Chicago (68-67) recently struggled through a stretch in which it lost seven of eight but has since notched five wins in its last six tries.
The only loss during that span came on Sunday when the White Sox were gunning for a home sweep over Minnesota.
The Twins are one of the teams that the South Siders are jostling with for position in the AL Wild Card race.
As of this moment, Chicago is 7.5 games out of a spot in those standings. The White Sox are much closer to a division crown, as they’re only two games behind Cleveland for first place in the AL Central.
Wild Card in the Junior Circuit
The Mariners (76-59) are in possession of the second Wild Card in the Junior Circuit, half a game up on Toronto for that berth. With 41, Seattle is behind only Houston (43) when it comes to the most road wins by an AL team.
The team hasn’t been anything special in the batter’s box, compiling a .230 team batting average thus far. Only five teams:
- Los Angeles Angels
Have done worse swinging the bat. Patience helps fill that void some, as the Mariners have worked the fourth-most walks in the major leagues.
Seattle is either in or teetering on the bottom third of MLB in the RBI and total run categories but ranks in the top 10 in home runs.
Big Factors in the Lineup
First baseman Ty France and third baseman Eugenio Suarez have been big factors in the lineup, as the former has a .279 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. The latter has piled up 25 dingers and 76 runs driven in.
Center fielder Julio Rodriguez is hitting .272 with 23 homers and 67 RBIs. Backstop Cal Raleigh, France, and left fielder Jesse Winker are the others in the order with double-digit long balls.
Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox Odds
White Sox vs Mariners odds for today are counting on the home group. Seattle is -1.5 on the run line at +146, while the White Sox are -176 to cover the spread.
On the moneyline, the Mariners are -154 and Chicago a +130 underdog. The total has been set at seven runs, with the over being -118 and the under -104 at the time of this writing.
Chicago has been a lot better with the lumber, turning in what is tied for the second-best batting average in the bigs (.260).
Knocks haven’t always equated to scoring, though, as the White Sox don’t even grade out in the top half of MLB in RBIs. They’re not a very powerful group, either.
First baseman Jose Abreu has been the top talent at the dish, hitting .309 with 63 RBIs, a .383 on-base percentage, and 158 total hits. Left fielder Andrew Vaughn has hit 15 homers.
Abreu, center fielder Luis Robert, first baseman Gavin Sheets, and Pollock each have at least 11 long balls to their names in 2022.
While the team hasn’t particularly lived up to lofty preseason expectations, it has an effective corps of players who can connect.
Over the last week, second baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Romy Gonzalez have heated up, hitting .375 and .368, respectively. Andrus has pushed across nine runs in his last seven outings.
Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Preview
Johnny Cueto as Starter
Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto will take the hill for the visitors. As it stands, he’s gone 7-6 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP this go-round.
In his last four starts — dating back to the middle of August — he’s earned three winning decisions. Those triumphs came against Kansas City, the Guardians, and the Astros.
Against the Royals last Thursday, he turned in 5.1 innings of one-run ball. He gave up six hits and struck out five.
In his career — which has spanned stops in Cincinnati, Kansas City, and San Francisco, also — he has a 3.42 ERA in 350 appearances. The White Sox staff as a whole this year has pinned up a 3.96 ERA and has seen 52 quality starts.
Logan Gilbert as Starter
Logan Gilbert will provide the opposition for the Mariners. He’s 11-5 this season, with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
He’s lasted at least six innings in three of his last four showings, steering Seattle to wins in a pair. He went that long against Detroit last Thursday, giving up only two hits while blanking the Tigers. He also notched nine punchouts in that contest.
His team has the sixth-best ERA in baseball at 3.49. The Mariners’ staff has turned in 68 quality starts, with only Houston and San Diego having more.
Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox Picks and Predictions
Having gone over White Sox vs Mariners odds, as well as sizing up the crews’ respective hitting and pitching prowess, it’s time to make our pick.
It will be interesting in this one, watching Chicago’s adept offense go up against Gilbert, who has enjoyed quite a solid season on the rubber.
Meanwhile, Cueto has seen his better years, although he’s been serviceable this campaign. He’ll put up a worthwhile fight on the rubber, considering his recent success.
Most Profitable Team
Pitching is likely a large part of the reason why Seattle is favored at home in this one. Remember, especially factoring in the White Sox standings, that every game means something for Chicago at this point in time.
When making Mariners predictions, go with them to cover the spread on the backs of their hurlers, who should do a good job in keeping the likes of Abreu and Vaughn at bay.
MLB Pick: Mariners -1.5 8+150)