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The Chicago White Sox will travel to face the San Francisco Giants on Friday evening in the opener of a three-game interleague set. First pitch is slated for 10:15 p.m. ET from Oracle Park. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
This will be a matchup between a pair of right-handed pitchers. Lance Lynn will be the starting pitcher for the White Sox. Alex Cobb will take the mound for the Giants. Lynn has a 1-1 record with a 6.19 ERA. Cobb is 3-3 with an ERA of 5.48.
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Going into the series, the White Sox are third place in the AL Central standings. Meanwhile, the Giants are third place in the NL West. The White Sox are coming off a three-game road series at the Los Angeles Angels in which they dropped two of three. The Giants most recently split a pair vs. the visiting Detroit Tigers in interleague play.
The White Sox are 2-3 in their last five games. The Giants are also 2-3 in their last five contests.
Lynn has allowed 20 hits, three walks, and three home runs, while also tossing 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. Cobb has given up 53 hits, 14 walks, and five home runs, in addition to throwing 53 strikeouts in 46 innings.
In his last outing on June 25 vs. the Baltimore Orioles, Lynn pitched 6.2 innings and allowed five earned runs and six hits, as well as throwing eight strikeouts. In Cobb’s last game against the Cincinnati Reds on June 24, he went 4.1 innings and gave up two earned runs and five hits with four strikeouts.
As of June 30, the White Sox ranked eighth in batting average (.253), 20th in on-base percentage (.309), 24th in slugging percentage (.379) and RBI (291) and tied for 25th in home runs (61). First baseman Jose Abreu leads the White Sox in home runs (9), on-base percentage (.375), and hits (78). Designated hitter Andrew Vaughn is tops for the White Sox in batting average (.307). Center fielder Luis Robert has a team-leading 38 RBI.
As of June 30, the Giants ranked eighth in RBI (343), ninth in on-base percentage (.322), 11th in home runs (91), 12th in slugging percentage (.402) and 17th in batting average (.239). Center fielder Mike Yastrzemski leads the Giants in on-base percentage (.342) and is tied for second in RBI (31). Third baseman Wilmer Flores is tops for the Giants in RBI (40) and is second in hits (59).
The Giants are favored by 1.5 runs vs. the White Sox. The over/under is set for 7.5 runs.
Going into the set, the White Sox are 34-40 against the spread overall and 21-16 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the White Sox are 34-37-3 overall and 17-18-2 on the road.
Prior to the series, the Giants were 38-36 against the spread overall and 17-21 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Giants are 35-34-5 overall and 18-16-4 at home.
Count on the OVER to occur in a high-scoring contest. The Giants will cover the spread as well as earn the victory in the series opener.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.