White Sox vs. Blue Jays MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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Big favorites to win the AL Central on the preseason MLB futures, the Chicago White Sox look to climb back to .500 Wednesday at Toronto in Game 2 of their series with the Blue Jays. 

Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – 07:07 PM EDT at Rogers Centre 

Among the disappointments this season are the Chicago White Sox. A consensus pick to repeat with a division title in 2022 the White Sox are instead languishing around the .500 mark as they continue their series north of the border on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

A pair of oft-injured hurlers are slated for the middle game of set, Chicago sending Michael Kopech (1-1, 1.29) to the bump against Hyun Jin Ryu (2-0, 5.48). The Blue Jays are showing up as small favorites on BMR’s live odds board, with 8-8½ for the total. 

Big Inning Lifts Jays in Opener

Alejandro Kirk played hero for Toronto in a 6-5 final to begin the series. Kirk swatted a pair of 2-run homers to help Toronto extend its winning streak to six games, and Jordan Romano squelched Chicago’s 9th-inning rally effort to earn his AL-leading 16th save.    

  • The Blue Jays have a 218-202 lead in the all-time series, that record including Toronto’s 1993 ALCS victory. 
  • The two sides split their previous 20 matchups prior to Tuesday’s outcome. 
  • The ‘over’ winner in Game 1 runs contradictory to the trend in the rivalry (1-3 O/U last year in Toronto, 1-7-1 O/U/P before Tuesday). 
  • Toronto visits Chicago about three weeks from now for the final regular season meetings between the clubs. 

Kopech Stats

For the third time in eight starts this season, Kopech only allowed one hit and it finally paid off with the righthander picking up his first win of 2022 in a 5-0 decision over the Yankees 10 days ago in New York where Chicago was a +148 underdog at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review). 

That start came in the second game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium after the series opener was rained out and with extra days off this past week, Chicago decided to skip Kopech in his next assignment to give him some extra rest. 

The native Texan has only faced the Blue Jays twice before, and both outings came in relief roles last season. One of those appearances was a disaster with Marcus Semien cracking a homer to account for two of the five runs the Blue Jays scored against Kopech, though the White Sox managed to ultimately prevail despite his poor effort. 

Ryu Stats 

Toronto has won all three of Ryu’s starts since he returned from the injured list in mid-May. He made it through five innings before minor pain in his left elbow flared up last Thursday in Anaheim, and got the win in a 6-3 final that saw the Blue Jays close as sizeable underdogs on the baseball odds against Shohei Ohtani. 

In his 11 starts at Rogers Centre since joining the Blue Jays before the 2020 campaign, Ryu has struggled to a 4-4 record while pitching to a 5.22 ERA (51.2 IP).

He lost both assignments against the White Sox last season, and was soundly beaten on the Toronto diamond where he served up three homers and allowed seven runs before being chased in the fourth inning. 

Bacchus at Dish on Wednesday

Erich Bacchus will be the umpire calling balls and strikes for the second game of the set, and he brings a solid lean to the ‘under’ into the contest with a 3-7 O/U record at top-rated sportsbooks in 2022.

A fill-in umpire since the 2020 campaign, Bacchus has just 34 previous plate assignments in his career and his games with 8½-run totals this year are 1-2 O/U. 

Will the Roof Be Closed or Open?

The roof will most likely be closed. There is a major chance of rain.

It was a pretty nice late-spring day in Ontario on Tuesday, prompting Blue Jays officials to open the roof at Rogers Centre. There is an 80%-90% chance of afternoon showers on Wednesday, however, which could lead to the stadium being buttoned up at game time when temps will be in the low 70s with a 10 mph NNW breeze (in from left-center). 

The Pick

Not having team leader – and arguably their best hitter – Tim Anderson (groin) for the next few weeks is a huge loss for the White Sox. But despite the team’s woes, Chicago is my free baseball pick for this Hump Day battle as Kopech cools Toronto’s bats and Luis Robert picks up the offense with a long ball in a 5-3 White Sox victory. 

MLB Pick: White Sox (+118) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review

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