Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/07/2021

by James Q

Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/07/2021

Game Time
: 2:20 pm ET, Saturday, August 7th, 2021

Venue:  Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Where to Watch: NBCSCH, Marquee Sports Network 

Season-to-Date Record:

White Sox: 63-46 (1st place American League Central)

Cubs:  52-58  (4th place National League Central)

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks:

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds: White Sox -200, Cubs +170; Over/Under:  10 runs

Bet365:  Moneyline odds: White Sox -225, Cubs +185; Over/Under 9.5 runs

Key Injuries:

White Sox:  Luis Robert (Hip) Out,   Jake Burger Day to Day, Luis Gonzalez (Labrum) day to day

Cubs:  Jason Hayward (?) Out, Nico Hoerner (oblique) Out, Cole Roederer (forearm strain) Out

Recent Lineups:

Cubs :

R Ortega (CF)
M Duffy (3B)
I Happ (LF)
F Schwindel (1B)
G Deichmann (RF)
A Romine (SS)
R Chirinos (C)
S Alcantara (2B)

White Sox:

T Anderson (SS)
A Engel (CF)
J Abreu  (1B)
E Jiminez (LF)
A Vaughn (RF)
Y Moncada (3B)
S Zavala  (C)
C Hernandez (2B)

Statistical Leaders:

White Sox:

Batting Average:  Nick Madrigal (.305)
Hits: Tim Anderson (115)
Home Runs:  Jose Abreu (20)
RBI:  Jose Abreu (82)
Stolen Bases:  Tim Anderson (16)
Wins: Lance Lynn (10)
Saves:  Liam Hendriks (26)
ERA: Lance Lynn (2.07)


Batting Average:  Eric Sogard (.249) 
Hits: Javier Baez  (83)
Home Runs:  Willson Contreras (17)
RBI: Javier Baez (65)
Stolen Bases:  Javier Baez (13)
Wins:  Kyle Hendricks (13)
Saves: Craig Kimbrel (23)
ERA: Kyle Hendricks (.371)


White Sox: Tony LaRussa 
Cubs: David Ross

Recent Form:

The Chicago White Sox are 4-6 over their last ten games.  Dropping 5 of 7 to the Kansas City Royals and winning 2 of 3 from the Cleveland indians.  It’s an odd time of the year for the AL Central leaders to wilt against a relatively easy portion of the schedule.

The Chicago Cubs are 3-7 over their last ten games. Dropping 2 of 3 to the Colorado Rockies, dropping 2 of 3 to the Washington Nationals, and dropping 3 of 4 to the Cincinnati Reds.  For a full list of things they have dropped I could keep writing this paragraph until September… but then I'd miss my press deadline.

Series History:

Over the last two seasons the White Sox and Cubs have split 10 games 5-5.  This Windy City series should skew things toward the White Sox, who will be dreaming of October (unfounded rumor), while sending the Cubs headlong into the offseason... to dream of April.

These are fun rivals like Yankees vs Dodgers, Dodgers vs Giants, Red Sox vs Yankees. They share a city, a pizza and most years can only brag about beating each other.

Statistical Comparison:

The White Sox are 7th in team batting average, 8th in runs scored, and 13th in total hits. The offense is due to recover from the recent stretch of games that have disappointed money line betters.

The Cubs are 28th in team batting average, 11th in runs scored, and 5th in total hits.  The hits are producing runs… These numbers make no sense at first until you look at the pitching stats.  The Cubs are 15th in team ERA at 4.27 but are below average in the league in runs allowed (503).  They give up more runs than they score.  That's why they are languishing and the batting stats are all over the place.

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White Sox vs CubsPreview:

The White Sox will trot Carlos Rodon out to the mound.  He’s a lefty with an 8-5 record, 2.49 ERA, and 149 strikeouts. He’s 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA over the last 7 games, so a good game against the lowly Cubs would help raise his trajectory. 

Only when 2 teams share a city do I get to say the home team is not the home favorite.  The Cubs are the home team for these next few games of the season series… but my mlb odds has them as the underdog.  The first pitch for the Cubs will be thrown by Adbert Alzolay, a righty, who has gone 4-11 with a 4.35 ERA, and 99 strikeouts on the season.  What else can I say about Adbert?  His whip is 1.18?  This is a middle of a series start that the Cubs may not expect to win.   


White Sox:  The White Sox have hit a rough patch of plate, going 3-7 on the moneyline over the last ten while recording 7 Unders and 3 Overs.  

Cubs:  The Cubs have gone 2-8 on the moneyline over the last ten games, while recording 6 Overs, 3 Unders, and 1 Push.  

White Sox vs Cubs Prediction:  

Our MLB Pick for Saturday August 7th, game is White Sox 9 Cubs 4.

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James Q

About the Author:

James Q. has been involved with sports and gambling his entire life. A former division 1 scholarship basketball player, James understands sports (and especially basketball) inside-and-out. Following his basketball playing days, James parlayed his gambling skills into a semi-pro poker career. James resides in Los Angeles, and especially loves the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Rams, and Los Angeles Dodgers. And when he isn't betting on sports (and writing about it), James can be found performing stand-up comedy on the Sunset Strip.

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