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Baseball Odds & Preview — Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners (7/18)

What can the Chicago White Sox do to score a few runs? They haven’t been able to do so since they came back from the All-Star break, and that came after a shutout loss going into the brief hiatus. They will try to remedy that on Monday night as they take on the Seattle Mariners in an American League encounter that is scheduled to begin at 10:10 PM ET at Safeco Field.

What can the Chicago White Sox do to score a few runs? They haven’t been able to do so since they came back from the All-Star break, and that came after a shutout loss going into the brief hiatus. They will try to remedy that on Monday night as they take on the Seattle Mariners in an American League encounter that is scheduled to begin at 10:10 PM ET at Safeco Field.  And BetAnySports customers can continue to place wagers after the game has started as they participate through Live Betting Ultra.

How bad has the offense gotten for the Pale Hose? Well, when Adam Eaton hit a double off Jered Weaver on Sunday, diving in a run, it broke a 34-inning scoreless streak for the team, which was the third-longest since those things have been recorded in White Sox history. They have now scored a total of one run in the last four games, and were swept by the Los Angeles Angels in a weekend series in which they were outscored to the tune of 16-1. So quite obviously there is a sense of urgency here. They are 45-46 and are nine games behind in the AL Central division race. The Mariners are at the .500 mark (46-46), and they are 8.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

Power-pitching southpaw Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38 ERA) is on the mound for the White Sox, while the Mariners will go with another lefty in Wade LeBlanc, a veteran who started the season in the minor leagues and is 1-0 with a 3.52 earned run average.

In the baseball odds that have been established on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the White Sox are laying the price on the road:

Chicago White Sox (Sale – L) -139
Seattle Mariners (LeBlanc – L) +129

Over 7.5 Runs -110
Under 7.5 Runs -110

White Sox -1.5 Runs +115
Mariners +1.5 Runs -135

Sale has been known as one of the premier strikeout artists in the American League, and indeed he has averaged about one “K” per inning this season, but those numbers are actually down – well down – from where they were the last couple of seasons. Last season, when he led the league in strikeouts, he fanned 11.8 per nine, and the year before that it was 10.8. And while he was able to craft a ratio of 6.52 K’s for every walk last season (an AL best), that figure is down to 4.73 this year, although the White Sox don’t complain much, because it’s still outstanding.

Sale has been much better on the road this season (2.33 ERA) than he has been at home (4.55). So BetAnySports patrons who are also backers of the Southsiders obviously feel like they are in relatively decent hands with him on the mound as he tries to bounce back from one of his worst outings, as the Atlanta Braves tagged him for eight runs in five innings before the break.

The Sox and Mariners are both chasing down a wild card spot. Seattle is five games behind the Toronto Blue Jays – currently positioned as the #2 wild card team – in that regard, while the White Sox are 5.5 games behind. There is a trade deadline coming, and who knows what each of these teams is going to do. But until people like Felix Hernandez come back to the rotation, the M’s will rely on the likes of LeBlanc to fill a hole. His first two starts were excellent, inasmuch as he allowed just six HITS in twelve innings. He was abused a little by the Houston Astros last time out (four earned runs before leaving with one out in the fourth inning) but maybe he can bounce back at Safeco, the site of his first two outings after the acquired him in a trade with Toronto.

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