Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Odds and Preview - 08/24/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:07 pm ET, Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Venue:  Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
Where to Watch:  MLB Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline odds:  White Sox +100, Blue Jays -120; Over/Under:  8.5 runs
Bet365:  Moneyline odds:  White Sox +100, Blue Jays -120; Over/Under:  9 runs
BetMGM:  Moneyline odds:  White Sox +100, Blue Jays -120; Over/Under:  9 runs
 

Season Record

Chicago White Sox:  72-53 (1st place, AL Central)
Toronto Blue Jays:  64-58 (4th place, AL East)
 
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Chicago White Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Chicago White Sox:  5-5 last 10
Toronto Blue Jays:  3-7 last 10
 
 
 

Offensive Analysis

 
The Chicago White Sox have been having a great year with their hitters this season, ranking in the top 10 of the MLB. They are ranked 6th in the league for batting average (.251), 7th in the league for RBI (585), 8th in the league for hits (1032), and they are ranked 5th in the league for OBP (.331). The Toronto Blue Jays have also been having a great year with their hitters this season, ranking in the top 10 of the MLB as well. They are ranked 2nd in the league for batting average (.264), 5th in the league for RBI (597), 3rd in the league for hits (1084), and they are ranked 6th in the league for OBP (.328).
 

Defensive Analysis

 
The Chicago White Sox have been good this season with their pitching, ranking in top 10 of the MLB. They are ranked 8th in the league for ERA (3.69), 11th in the league for saves (32), 3rd in the league for strikeouts (1243), and they are ranked 6th in the league for WHIP (1.20). The Toronto Blue Jays have also been good this season with their pitching, ranking just outside the top 10 of the MLB. They are ranked 11th in the league for ERA (3.91), 26th in the league for saves (21), 17th in the league for strikeouts (1085), and they are ranked 11th in the league for WHIP (1.25).
 

 

White Sox Blue Jays Prediction

The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays are meeting for the opening game of their American League series on Monday evening. Lance Lynn and rookie Alek Manoah will be the starting pitchers on the mound for Monday’s game. Dylan Cease and Jose Berrios will be the starting pitchers for Tuesday’s contest. With Monday’s result still pending, the White Sox come into this one with a 9.5 game lead for their division while the Blue Jays are just 4.5 games out of the AL’s final wild card spot looking to make the postseason once again. 

Dylan Cease is starting for the White Sox in this game. He is 9-6 this season with a 4.06 ERA. Cease has been awarded with 2 straight wins when there was a decision and the team has an overall record of 14-11 this year when he has made an appearance in the game. In his last start, he allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits in 6 innings of work in Thursday’s no-decision against the Oakland Athletics. He has allowed 3 earned runs in each of his last 3 starts and has also allowed 3 homers in his last 2. This will be his first time facing the Blue Jays lineup this season.

Jose Berrios is starting on the mound for the Blue Jays in this one. He is 8-6 this season with a 3.52 ERA. He was credited with a loss in the last game he played where there was a decision and his team has lost the last 3 when he has started. The Blue Jays are just 1-3 since acquiring him from the Minnesota Twins. In his last start, he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits through 5 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. His first two starts for the Jays were good, allowing just 1 run through those 2 games but he has fallen apart in his last 2 starts allowing a total of 9 runs on 13 hits through both. Berrios has seen the White Sox 3 times already this season when he was a Twin, and he allowed a total of 9 runs on 15 hits throughout those 3 games, his team losing all 3.

Both of these sides have been good on the offensive side with their batters definitely producing the runs. It could be the pitching that decides this game and the White Sox have the advantage there, especially with their bullpen. The Blue Jays are ranked much lower than the White Sox with their bullpen and if it comes down to it, that could be the difference here.
 
White Sox Blue Jays Prediction:  Our MLB Pick for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 (7:07pm ET start time) is White Sox 6 Blue Jays 4..
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MLB Betting Trends

 
Chicago White Sox: 180-169 (+14.5 units) on the moneyline over the past 3 years.
Toronto Blue Jays: 70-67 (+3 units) when the moneyline is from +125 to -125.
 

Key Injuries

 
Chicago White Sox:  Leury Garcia (2B) Out indefinitely due to a concussion, Carlos Rodon (SP) Questionable for Thursday with a shoulder injury.
Toronto Blue Jays:  George Springer (RF) Out indefinitely due to a knee injury, Cavan Biggio (2B) Out indefinitely due to a back injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Chicago White Sox: Jose Abreu will be looking to continue his good play into this series. He played well in the last series against the Rays. He had 4 hits, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored on 12 at bats. They are coming off a game where they were shutout 9-0 and will be looking to get back on track here. 
 
Toronto Blue Jays: Bo Bichette is coming off a game where he had 3 hits and 1 run scored on 6 plate appearances. After 2 games where all he came away with was a walk in each, he is back to hitting at a good rate and will be looking to expand on a great game offensively. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also had a game where he had 3 hits and 1 RBI on 5 plate appearances. He will also be looking to extend his solid play on Sunday into this series.
 

Notable Quotes

"He's not hurt, just sore. Just wear and tear." - Tony La Russa on the status of Tim Anderson.
 
"He's played a Gold Glove-caliber second base. He just made an error on that one." - Charlie Montoyo on the error that allowed the tying run to be scored.
 

Starting Lineups

 
Chicago White Sox
C. Hernandez (2B)
L. Robert (CF)
J. Abreu (1B)
E. Jimenez (LF)
Y. Moncada (3B)
A. Vaughn (DH)
B. Goodwin (RF)
D. Mendick (SS)
Z. Collins (C)
 
 
Toronto Blue Jays
B. Bichette (SS)
M. Semien (2B)
V. Guerrero Jr. (1B)
T. Hernandez (RF)
C. Dickerson (DH)
A. Kirk (C)
L. Gurriel Jr. (LF)
R. Grichuk (CF)
K. Smith (3B)
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Chicago White Sox
Batting Average:  Luis Robert (.326)
Hits:  Tim Anderson (135)
Home Runs:  Jose Abreu (25)
RBI:  Jose Abreu (92)
Stolen Bases:  Tim Anderson (17)
Wins:  Lance Lynn (10)
Saves:  Liam Hendriks (28)
ERA:  Craig Kimbrel (1.40)
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Batting Average:  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.309)
Hits:  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (138)
Home Runs:  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (36)
RBI:  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (89)
Stolen Bases:  Bo Bichette (18)
Wins:  Hyun-Jin Ryu (12)
Saves:  Brad Hand (21)
ERA:  David Phelps (0.87)
 
Managers:
Chicago White Sox: Tony La Russa (1st season)
Toronto Blue Jays: Charlie Montoyo (3rd season)
 

Weather Forecast

Mostly sunny, 28 degrees with a 10% chance of rain, up to 8 mph wind speeds blowing north.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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