Date/Time: July 20th, 4:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Maholm (Atlanta) vs. Peavy (Chicago)
Moneyline: White Sox -108
The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox will be meeting in the only Interleague game of the day on Saturday’s MLB betting schedule at US Cellular Field.
Atlanta still has a bit of a cause for concern with the way that its lineup looks. OF Justin Upton got back into the fold after he sat out the last game before the All-Star break, and 1B Freddie Freeman was healthy enough to at least get back in the fold in the late innings. The outfield is still a mess though, and that’s going to put a lot of pressure on LHP Paul Maholm on Saturday. Maholm is 9-8 on the season with a 3.98 ERA, but he has been awfully average when push has come to shove, especially of late. He has allowed at least four runs in three of his last four starts, and in his last outing, he threw 103 pitches in just 4.1 innings of work. With the way that LHP David Price has been pitching, he could have gone 10 or 11 innings in that many pitches! As it is for Maholm though, he does have one thing on his side, and that’s that the White Sox are batting just .226 against left-handed pitching this year, and that isn’t going to get the job done.
Chicago dropped its first game out of the All-Star break, and it really has to wonder whether it is going to have the goods in this one or not. The team is going to be asking RHP Jake Peavy to take the ball on Saturday. On one hand, Peavy has some darn good stuff, and his 1.16 WHIP for the season is clearly showing that. On the other hand though, he still has just a 4.30 ERA and a 6-4 record in his 67.0 innings of work. This is going to be the first start back for Peavy since June 4th when he cracked a rib, and that’s always a scary proposition. Peavy really wasn’t able to rehab for at least a few weeks, as his lungs really weren’t able to expand with the rib fracture, and he spent seven weeks on the shelf as a result. How he’ll come back is anyone’s imagination, but what isn’t deniable is just how bad he looked before finding his way to the DL. Peavy allowed a total of 12 runs in just 6.1 innings of work in his last two starts combined.
However, Peavy is one of the few pitchers for the White Sox this year that really could turn into an ace on someone else’s staff at the trade deadline. This is a crucial start for his future. Still, Chicago doesn’t hit the ball well at all against lefties, and that is going to end up being part of the tiebreaker in this one for us. Go with the ‘under’, and expect there to be right around seven runs scored in this game.
Atlanta Braves @ Chicago White Sox Pick: Under 8.5
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