Whether you want to call it the “homer hose” or the “dong bong” , the Baltimore Orioles home run celebration is the best in baseball right now.
The O's got to break it out for Adley Rutchsman yesterday when he walked off the Athletics 8-7 to finish a 4-3 homestand. Baltimore now heads to Chicago for a three-game weekend set with the White Sox at 7-6.
The White Sox are 5-8 and got a much needed off day yesterday after dropping two of three in Minnesota. The injury bug got a good taste of the White Sox last season and is back for more, with a lot of important players already down with injuries.
Mike Clevinger is still healthy and he’ll take the mound in this one. Tyler Wells goes for Baltimore. Clevinger is 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA through two outings. Wells is 0-1 with a 3.27 and this is his second start, but third appearance this season.
Let’s get into the odds for Baltimore and Chicago on a Friday night.
Orioles vs. White Sox odds, run line and total
Orioles vs. White Sox prediction and pick
Tyler Wells fared a lot better out of the bullpen this season as compared to his first start, last time out. He went 5.0 innings in his first outing and carried the O’s from the middle to the late innings with a scoreless performance. Then as a starter, he surrendered four runs over six innings. He has a 3.27 ERA and a 4.30 FIP across 11.0 innings on the season. That may indicate some impending negative regression, but it’s hard to tell with such a small sample.
Despite some questions with a young pitcher on the mound and the White Sox having the more reliable Clevinger, who looks like he’ll be a stabilizing force in their rotation, Chicago is still a home underdog. That’s because of the injury bug biting hard early on. Tim Anderson is on the 10-day IL, but Yoan Moancada and Eloy Jimenez have both missed some time and could potentially return for this series.
The White Sox should have a good lineup this season, but injuries have left them with the 19th best OPS and 14th in runs scored. Meanwhile, Baltimore, perhaps motivated by the “dong bong” are third in both categories. Rutschman is looking like an MVP candidate with a 1.094 OPS and already four homers. I’ll trust their offense to carry them in Game 1 tonight.
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