The San Francisco Giants (2-3) and Chicago White Sox (3-3) will get one last crack at each other this afternoon. This series has had a lot of tension, considering they’re interleague foes that seldom face off.
San Francisco took the first game 12-3, with seven home runs. So far this year, the Giants have only alternated wins and losses, a pattern that could result in them winning today. Heading home with a win would be nice too.
The White Sox took last night’s contest despite Tim Anderson getting ejected in the third inning. Having Dylan Cease on the mound, as they did yesterday, always helps make winning easier. A win today would secure their first series win of the season after splitting their opening series.
Neither team has found consistent success in the early stages of the 2023 MLB season. Let’s see who will earn a series win and potentially build momentum in the Giants vs. White Sox round three.
Giants vs. White Sox: Match Details
Fixture: San Francisco Giants @ Chicago White Sox
Date and Time: Thursday, April 6, 2:10 p.m. EST
Venue: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois
Giants vs. White Sox: Betting Odds
|Team||Run Line||Total||Money Line|
|Giants||+1.5 (-170)||Over 8.0 (-105)||+100|
|White Sox||-1.5 (+145)||Over 8.0 (-115)||-120|
Giants vs. White Sox: Starting Pitchers
Alex Wood will make his first start of 2023 today, looking to bounce back from an awful 2022 campaign. Wood finished last season with a 5.10 ERA, and his 79 ERA+ was the worst of any season that he’s pitched at least 100 innings. 2022 brought excellent command, at least, as he posted the lowest walk rate of his career, which resulted in his best strikeout-to-walk ratio ever.
Chicago will put their faith in Lance Lynn, who also had his career’s best walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2022. His first start this season saw him toss 5.2 innings and allow two runs. Lynn walked four batters and struck out six.
Giants vs. White Sox: Key Stats
San Francisco’s seven home runs on Monday account for most of their offensive output this season. Only the Kansas City Royals have fewer hits than the Giants, and only the Miami Marlins have struck out more frequently than San Francisco.
Chicago’s pitching staff hasn’t found the strike zone consistently this season. No team has issued walks at a higher rate than the White Sox through the first week of games, nor has any team hit more batters. The result is a team ERA that’s 23rd in MLB. Their offense isn’t drawing walks but is top-10 in batting average, OBP, and slugging early in the season.
Giants vs. White Sox: Betting Prediction
Based on how Alex Wood pitched last season and how Chicago’s offense has produced this season, this game could get out of hand early. Of course, Wood could have a much better season in store for 2023, but he hasn’t pitched yet this season, so there’s nothing to suggest he will. Lance Lynn issued a lot of walks in his first start but still managed to limit the damage to two runs. If he stays in the strike zone as well as he did last season and keeps the ball in the yard, San Francisco’s offense should have a rough day. This game is Chicago’s to lose, in my opinion.