The Chicago White Sox (58-40, 23-23 away) and the Milwaukee Brewers (58-41, 29-23 home) meet up in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday Night Baseball. Milwaukee has been victorious in the first two games against Chicago. This three-game series will be the only time these two opponents face each other this season.
The first pitch for Sunday’s contest is at 7:00 p.m. EST at American Family Field in Milwaukee, WI. According to oddsmakers, Milwaukee is the favorite (-135), and the run total is 7.5.
What to Know – Chicago White Sox
Chicago is 4-5 since returning from the All-Star break and has dropped three in a row. The White Sox have only scored four runs over their last three contest. Even with the losing streak, Chicago is comfortably in the first place of the American League Central with a nine-game lead over Cleveland.
All-Star Lance Lynn (9-3, 1.94 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) is the expected starter for the White Sox. The 34-year old veteran has been one of the best arms in the majors this year. Lynn owns a 1.42 ERA and 2-0 record over three starts in July.
The White Sox are sixth in the majors and fifth in the AL with a .254 team batting average. Veteran first baseman Jose Abreu continues his assault on opposing pitchers. Abreu leads the White Sox with 18 home runs and 75 runs driven in.
What to Know – Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers enter Sunday night’s contest winners of their last two and 5-2 in games since the break. Milwaukee’s pitching has been the catalyst to their early success in the second half, allowing just 3.2 runs over the seven games. The Brewers own the top spot in the NL Central and have a 6.5 game advantage.
Right-hander Brandon Woodruff (7-4, 2.04 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) toes the rubber for the Brewers. Another All-Star, Woodruff’s pitching stats are nearly identical to his counterpart. The 28-year old will be looking for his first victory of the month with two no-decisions and a loss over three trips to the mound.
Milwaukee has the worst batting average in the NL and is second-last in the majors hitting only .223. Outfielder Avisail Garcia has burst onto the scene this season with a .253 average and team-high 17 home runs and 58 RBIs. Third baseman Luis Urias is a budding star, compiling a .237 average with 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 50 runs scored in his first full season for Milwaukee.
The Pick is In
Two of the best arms in the game go at it Sunday night with a national audience tuning in. This will be the last time these two teams face each other this season, so expect the White Sox to want to avoid the series sweep.
Sunday’s contest is going to be low-scoring with the elite arms on the mound. Chicago will push enough runs across later in the game to secure the series finale victory over the Brewers.
The Pick: Chicago White Sox ML