Sunday Night Baseball will feature an interleague battle of first-place teams as the Chicago White Sox (58-40) take on the Milwaukee Brewers (58-41). The Brewers will host this one at American Family Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm ET.
This will be the final game of a three-game set between the two teams. The Brewers will be looking for the sweep after victories in the first two games.
In Saturday’s 6-1 victory for Milwaukee, newly acquired first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs while Kolten Wong and Tyrone Taylor each added solo shots. Corbin Burnes picked up his sixth win after going six innings and allowing just a single run.
Carlos Rodon was not his sharpest in the loss. He went just four innings after allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. Catcher Zach Collins picked up the lone run batted in for Chicago.
The Brewers are the slight favorites playing at home. They are -142 to win while the White Sox’ moneyline is +120. The runline features Chicago +1.5 (-182) while the over/under for total runs is seven.
It doesn’t get a whole lot better than this in terms of pitching matchup. The White Sox will send righty Lance Lynn (9-3) to the mound. He currently leads the American League in earned run average at 2.03.
Not to be outdone, the Brewers will send Brandon Woodruff (7-4) to the mound. While Lance Lynn ranks second in the entire MLB (trailing only Kevin Gausman) in earned run average, Woodruff comes in third with a 2.04 ERA. Woodruff also ranks seventh in the majors in strikeouts with 137.
By The Numbers
Offensively, the White Sox have had the advantage this season. They rank fifth in scoring averaging 5.05 runs per game. The Brewers rank 14th, averaging 4.41 runs.
It is the Brewers that have the edge on the defensive side. They rank third in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 3.78 runs per game. The White Sox rank sixth, allowing 3.84 runs.
White Sox Trying To Salvage The Finale
After dropping the first two games of this series, the White Sox will look to All-Star Lance Lynn to try to at least steal one game on the road. Luckily, the White Sox have some breathing room in their division as they still lead the A.L. Central by nine games over the Cleveland Indians.
Leading the way for Chicago offensively is reigning A.L. MVP, Jose Abreu. On the season, he is hitting .256/.338/.476 with 18 home runs, 75 runs batted in, and 50 runs scored.
Keep an eye on the third baseman, Yoan Moncada, in this one. Not only is he the hottest White Sox hitter over the last week (.296/.296/.704 with three home runs), but he is also the only one on the team who has a hit off of Woodruff in their career.
Brewers Look To Finalize Sweep
At 58-41, the Milwaukee Brewers currently have the best record in the N.L. Central and the third-best record in the National League. Even though they enjoy a comfortable 6.5 game lead in the division, they would still love to finish the sweep Sunday at home and potentially give themselves even more breathing room.
The Brewers continue to make savvy baseball moves this season, and Rowdy Tellez is the most recent example. After acquiring him from the Blue Jays, he is already paying dividends for the Brewers, including the two home runs Saturday.
Another player who is coming up big after being acquired earlier in the season is shortstop Willy Adames. On the season, he is now hitting .293/.386/.540 with 11 home runs, 39 runs batted in, and 34 runs scored.
Despite how spectacular Lance Lynn has been in his career, there are a couple of Brewers that have had success against the righty. Both Christian Yelich and Jackie Bradley Jr. have taken Lynn deep twice in their careers.
Take The White Sox On The Runline
With two starters as dominant as Lance Lynn and Brandon Woodruff on the mound, runs could be at a premium. This is reflective in the fact that the over/under for total runs is set at just seven.
With such a low-scoring output expected, the smart play is to take the runs on the runline in this one. In this case, it means taking Chicago at +1.5 (-182).