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

Payton Matthews | Updated May 31, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays are back at Rogers Centre as they open a three-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

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May 31, 2022, 7:07 PM ET
Rogers Centre
Toronto
92-70
Runline +1.5 -123
Moneyline +169
Over / Under o +7.5

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Betting Action

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Runline -1.5 +102
Moneyline -203
Over / Under u +7.5

9%

Betting Action

91%

The Toronto Blue Jays return home from a very successful road trip and host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday to open a three-game series. The Jays are -185 favourites to win on the MLB odds behind ace Kevin Gausman.

Betting Analysis

The White Sox were heavy favourites entering the season to win the AL Central Division again, and they still may do so but have been a moderate disappointment at 23-23 thus far. They have been one game over, one game under or at .500 every day since improving to 12-13 on May 6.

Injuries have been an issue. Slugging outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been out since April 23. All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson landed on the injured list Monday with a right groin strain. He’s one of the best hitters in the majors at .356 and truly makes that team go. Since 2020, the Sox are 103-58 in games Anderson has a hit. Pitcher Lance Lynn, who finished third in the 2021 AL Cy Young voting, has yet to appear in a game but is close.

Chicago was 4-3 against Toronto last season. Leury Garcia hit .429 in the series, Luis Robert .375, Anderson .316 and Jose Abreu .286 with two homers and seven RBIs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit .292 with two RBIs for Toronto.

Chicago White Sox

White Sox setup man Kendall Graveman didn’t make the trip to Toronto presumably because he’s not vaccinated against COVID. Neither did starting pitcher Dylan Cease, but he wasn’t scheduled to go in the series. The Sox and Blue Jays have alternated wins and losses over the last 10 contests since May 17, 2019. Chicago is 18-14 in the series since 2016. Maybe Chicago’s most talented player, Robert, is on the COVID list but did make the trip to Toronto. Not clear if he will play Tuesday, though. He’s hitting .285 with six homers and 17 RBIs and is an excellent defender. Third baseman Yoan Moncada is dealing with a quad injury and his status is TBA.

It’s right-hander Lucas Giolito (3-1, 2.63 ERA) on the mound. He beat the Red Sox last time out, allowing one run and five hits over six. Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA over his past four starts. He’s 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA and a .241 (21-87) opponents’ average in four career starts against the Blue Jays. Chicago is 1-5 in its past six series openers.

Toronto Blue Jays

Having a day off is never a bad thing in the grind that is the 162-game MLB season, but the Jays finished their road trip to St. Louis and Anaheim with five straight wins. Guerrero walked Sunday as a pinch-hitter against the Angels. He wasn’t in the starting lineup due to wrist soreness but is likely to start Tuesday. Teoscar Hernandez didn’t start Sunday, either, due to a hip issue but drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk and also singled in the 11-10 victory.

It’s Cy Young candidate Gausman on the mound Tuesday. He snapped a two-game skid last Tuesday with six shutout innings in St. Louis. The right-hander has faced the White Sox four times in his career, but not since 2018 with the Orioles. He has a 1.26 ERA in 14.1 innings vs. Chicago. The Jays are 5-2 in their past seven at home.

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