Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 20, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays are in Chi-Town on Monday as they prepare to open a three-game set against the struggling Chicago White Sox.

Toronto
92-70
AT
June 20, 2022, 8:10 PM ET
Guaranteed Rate Field
Runline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -155
Over / Under o +9

89%

Betting Action

11%

Runline +1.5 -120
Moneyline +125
Over / Under u +9

89%

Betting Action

11%

The Toronto Blue Jays start another road trip Monday with a visit to the moderately disappointing Chicago White Sox. Toronto is a -120 favourite win on the MLB odds.

Betting Analysis

The White Sox were heavy favourites to repeat as AL Central champions but have hovered around .500 all season in large part because they have been hammered by injuries to the likes of All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson, slugger Eloy Jimenez, catcher Yasmani Grandal, starting pitcher Lance Lynn (he’s back now) and closer Liam Hendriks, among many others. Tony La Russa may be one of the best managers of all-time, but he has made some very curious decisions at times, including recently intentionally walking Dodgers star Trea Turner on a 1-2 count. That may have been a first in MLB history. The next player hit a three-run homer.

Once this team gets healthy, it’s still pretty clearly the most talented in the Central and should win it. Minnesota currently leads and is a +108 favourite with Chicago at +110 and Cleveland at +464.

Chicago visited Toronto from May 31-June 2 and was swept by a combined score of 21-11. Teoscar Hernandez hit .500 in the series with a homer and four RBIs. Alejandro Kirk was at .417 with two homers. The Sox’s Jose Abreu batted .455 in the series with a homer, and Andrew Vaughn .417 with a dinger.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Jays enter off what may be their most unlikely win of the season, rallying from down 8-3 in the sixth inning Sunday at home vs. the Yankees to prevail 10-9. Four Toronto players homered, with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hitting his fifth career grand slam and Hernandez launching the go-ahead, three-run shot. Gurriel’s five slams trail Carlos Delgado (nine), George Bell (seven) and Edwin Encarnacion (six) for the most in franchise history. Jordan Romano picked up his AL-best 17th save with 1.2 scoreless innings – his second career five-out save. That may mean he’s not available tonight. Before the game, the team sent down reliever Casey Lawrence and called up Max Castillo from Triple-A Buffalo. Castillo allowed two runs in an inning vs. New York.

Jose Berrios (5-2, 4.65 ERA) starts on the mound Monday. He has three straight quality starts but didn’t face the Sox in the earlier series. Berrios has made 21 career starts against the Pale Hose, going 12-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Abreu is a .302 hitter with three homers off him in 53 at-bats. The Jays are 6-2 in their past eight a road favourites.

Chicago White Sox

The Sox will welcome back All-Star shortstop and leadoff man Anderson from the injured list on Monday. He’s among the MLB batting leaders with a .356 average and has eight stolen bases in 40 games. The White Sox are 123-89 since 2020 when Anderson is in the lineup, compared to 36-37 when he is not. Third baseman Yoan Moncada injured his hamstring Friday and is day-to-day.

It’s Lynn on the mound. The veteran right-hander finished third in the 2021 AL Cy Young voting but only debuted this season off knee surgery on June 13 in Detroit and wasn’t sharp in allowing three runs and 10 hits over 4.1 innings in a no-decision. He is 1-3 with a 4.21 ERA over nine career games (eight starts) against Toronto. Hernandez is hot right now for the Jays but only 1-for-13 against Lynn. Matt Chapman is 2-for-15 but both hits were homers. The Sox are 2-8 in their past 10 as home underdogs.

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