White Sox vs. Nationals Free Pick
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nationals are -144 money line favorites over the White Sox (+133), while the over/under total is currently sitting at 8 runs. Chicago is 4-4 on the year and 0-2 on the road, while Washington is 6-2 overall and 5-0 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The White Sox opened as +143 money line underdogs but their odds have dropped down to +133. The Nationals, meanwhile, opened at -155 and are now -144.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 53% of the betting public currently favors X. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most updated numbers.
MLB FREE PICK: Take Chicago. According to latest MLB trends, Chicago White Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game, 20-8 in their last 28 interleague road games vs. a right handed starter, 31-14 in their last 45 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-1 in Axelrod's last 5 starts as an underdog.
The rubber game of this series goes on Thursday where the Chicago White Sox (4-4, 2-6 O/U) look to save face after losing the first two. The Washington Nationals (6-2, 4-3 O/U) have won three of their last four after struggling against the Cincinnati Reds. The Nats send Dan Haren (0-1, 13.50) to the mound against Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 0.00). Haren struggled in his debut with the Nationals, as he was pummeled for six runs on nine hits in four innings against the Reds. Axelrod did not allow a run in 5 2/3 innings against Seattle in a 4-3 win where he got a no-decision. This is his first time facing the Nationals or any of their batters. That's a good thing since they really don't know what to expect and Chicago could use a decent start since they've allowed 13 runs in the first two games of the series. They entered the series with the best ERA in the American League but Gavin Floyd and Jake Peavy struggled. They produced nine but they were going up against two of their best three starters in Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez. Alex Rios leads the White Sox with a .419 average with four homers. Expect the White Sox to save the series with a solid performance from Axelrod.
THURSDAY MLB FREE PICK: CHICAGO WHITE SOX +133