7:05 pm
August 24

White Sox @ Orioles

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago White Sox (62-60)

@ Baltimore Orioles (63-58)


Starting Pitchers:

Giolito (CHW): 9-7; 5.34 ERA

Watkins (BAL) 4-3; 4.04 ERA


Current odds:

Chicago White Sox: (-120)

Baltimore Orioles: (+102)


• The starting line-up for the White Sox is as follows:

• The starting line-up for the Orioles is as follows:

• The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles have quite a bit in common, as they’re both on the wrong side of the American League wild-card race, but there’s time to do something about that. So, games against each other have added significance as they face off Wednesday night in Baltimore. Just 2 1/2 games separate the teams in the battle for wild-card spots, with the Orioles holding the upper hand.

• Baltimore has won three of its past four games, including Tuesday night’s series opener 5-3 despite posting only five hits.

• The White Sox have lost five of their past six after five straight wins.

• The White Sox received some good news regarding Eloy Jimenez, who homered in the first inning Tuesday and then exited in the eighth after he was hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Felix Bautista. He has a bruise, but no extensive damage.

• Baltimore has won four of five meetings with the White Sox this season. Chicago has scored a total of 10 runs in the five games.

• The Orioles will try to keep it going behind right-hander Spenser Watkins (4-3, 4.04 ERA), though he has recorded just one victory in his past five starts. He has been dogged by home runs, allowing a long ball for the only run allowed in two of his past four starts.

• He threw five innings without giving up an earned run in a 6-2 road win against the White Sox on June 25, his first game back from the minors. In two career outings against Chicago, he has given up just one earned run in 9 1/3 innings. The Orioles could use a solid outing from Watkins after they used six pitchers Tuesday.

• Right-hander Lucas Giolito (9-7, 5.34 ERA), who’ll get the call for the White Sox, will try to get back on track after probably his worst outing of the season last Thursday. He gave up seven runs in three innings in a 21-5 loss to the Houston Astros. Before that, he won his first three starts of August.

• Giolito is trying to reach double-figure victories for the fourth time in the past five seasons, missing only in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season during that stretch. He’s 2-2 all-time with a 6.41 ERA in four starts against the Orioles.

• The Orioles had infielder Terrin Vavra back in Tuesday’s lineup after he was on the paternity list. He went 0-for-3.

StreakSmarter Pick
Baltimore Orioles