Thursday MLB Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions for White Sox vs. Blue Jays: Back Manoah to Continue Home Dominance

Thursday MLB Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions for White Sox vs. Blue Jays: Back Manoah to Continue Home Dominance article feature image

Cole Burston/Getty Images. Pictured: Alek Manoah

  • The White Sox will send Johnny Cueto to the mound looking to avoid a sweep.
  • Alek Manoah, who has been dominant this season, will get the start for the Blue Jays.
  • Jules Posner breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.

White Sox vs. Blue Jays Odds

White Sox Odds+155
Blue Jays Odds-190
Time3:07 p.m. ET
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.

The Chicago White Sox look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

The Blue Jays are 8-2 over their past 10 games and the White Sox have fallen to 7-11 against teams that are .500 or better. It's almost as if the White Sox struggle to beat good teams because they are not that good? The always entertaining Johnny Cueto takes the mound for the White Sox and he'll be squaring off with Jays' ace, Alek Manoah.

The White Sox would love to salvage the series with a win before they head off to Tampa Bay for an arguably tougher opponent in the Rays.

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Chicago White Sox

One of the main reasons for the White Sox's struggles is they have had trouble keeping their starters healthy. However, a lot of teams have major injuries, even the good ones, and seem to be doing just fine.

Excuses aside, the White Sox offense has finally started to wake up a little bit in recent weeks. More specifically, the White Sox have posted a 105 team wRC+ on the road against RHP over the past three weeks, an improvement over most of the season.

On the other hand, White Sox starter Johnny Cueto is still somewhat of a mystery. He hasn't given up an earned run on the road this season, but the sample is small. His recent history shows Cueto has a 4.32 ERA and 4.35 FIP on the road since 2020, prior to joining the White Sox.

The Sox bullpen has been a mess lately. Over the past two weeks they have the third highest ERA and 10th highest FIP in MLB.

Toronto Blue Jays

Alek Manoah, who has been dealing this season, gets the ball for the Jays as they look to complete the sweep.

Manoah has a 1.33 ERA and a 2.88 FIP across 27 home innings. He's been lights out in all situations this year, but he's especially dominant at home.

On the other side of the ball, the Blue Jays' offense has been underwhelming this season. They've remained relatively healthy, but they're simply not scoring like they were last year.

Over the past few weeks, the Jays have just a 102 wRC+ at home against RHP, which is only 20th in MLB.

White Sox-Blue Jays Pick

While the Blue Jays offense has been underwhelming, the White Sox bullpen and Cueto's potential for regression make the Jays a heavy favorite heading into Friday's match up.

However, the moneyline can be as low as -190, which isn't a great value. Hopefully the Jays can produce enough offense to cover the -1.5 spread, which is available on some books at +115. As long as the runline is in plus money, it's worth the risk.

Pick: Toronto Run Line (+115)

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