Sunday MLB ESPN Preview: Chicago White Sox versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago White Sox on ESPN at 7:08 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The Brewers have won the first two games after a 6-1 victory yesterday. The recently acquired Rowdy Tellez clubbed solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings to lead the way. He went 3-4 with three runs batted in. Milwaukee traded for the first baseman from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 6th.
The Brewers have won five of their last seven games to improve their record to 58-41. They are first place in the National League Central, 6 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Milwaukee is scoring 4.4 runs per game, with a .223 batting average, .305 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .687. Avisail Garcia leads the team with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs. He has a .253 batting average. Luke Urias is second on the team with 13 homers and 45 RBIs. He is hitting .237. Christian Yelich has disappointed this season with a .240 batting average, six home runs, and 28 RBIs.
Manager Craig Counsell pitches Brandon Woodruff tonight. The right-hander allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work in Cincinnati in his last start last Saturday. He has a 7-4 record this season with a 2.04 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 19 starts. The Brewers bullpen has a 3.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. They have earned 25 saves and blown 16 of their save opportunities.
Chicago has lost three games in a row to drop their record to a 58-40 mark. They are in first place in the American League Central, nine games ahead of the Cleveland Indians.
The White Sox are scoring 5.0 runs per game this season with a .254 batting average, .331 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .749. Tim Anderson leads the team with a .304 batting average. He has added nine home runs and 36 RBIs. Jose Abreau’s 18 home runs and 75 RBIs are tops on the squad. He is hitting .256. Yoan Moncada has a .275 batting average with eight home runs and 44 RBIs. Eloy Jimenez and Nick Madrigal are on the 60-day disabled list. Yasmani Grandal went on the 10-day disabled list three weeks ago with a knee injury.
Manager Tony LaRussa turns to Lance Lynn in his starting rotation. The right-hander last pitched on Monday when he allowed one run in seven innings against Minnesota. He has a 9-3 record with a 1.94 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 27 starts. The Chicago bullpen has a 4.22 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. They have earned 26 saves and blown 16 of their save opportunities.
The White Sox continue their seven-game road trip by beginning a four-game swing in Kansas City against the Royals tomorrow. The Brewers get tomorrow off before starting a six-game road trip with a three-game series in Pittsburgh.
DraftKings lists the White Sox as a -160 money line favorite with a total of 7.5.