A pair of division leaders wrap up a three-game series on Sunday night when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Chicago White Sox. The Brewers have won the first two games of the series and are -140 favorites to complete the sweep on Sunday. Meanwhile, Chicago’s moneyline is listed at +120 after being outscored 13-2 over the first two games.
Milwaukee could be in the process of running away with the NL Central. After sweeping the Reds last weekend, the Brew Crew could do the same to the White Sox this weekend ahead of a series against the lowly Pirates. The Brewers are currently 17 games over .500 and holding a 6.5-game lead over the Reds atop the division.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are nursing a three-game losing streak, going 4-5 since the all-star break. On the bright side, they were already pulling away with the AL Central, so a losing skid isn’t the end of the world. Chicago is still 18 games over .500 and holding a nine-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central.
Next Chance, Lance
Chicago ace Lance Lynn will take the mound on Sunday in hopes of ending Chicago’s losing streak. Lynn looks like a bonafide Cy Young candidate, going 9-3 with a 1.94 ERA over 17 starts. He’s also allowed one run or less in four consecutive starts, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA over his three starts in July.
Of course, he’ll have to slow down a Milwaukee lineup that has scored 13 runs over the first two games of the series and is averaging 6.3 runs per game since the break. Young outfielder Tyrone Taylor and recent acquisition Rowdy Tellez have been the ones leading the way for the Milwaukee lineup lately. They aren’t exactly marquee players, which means that the Brewers are starting to develop some lineup depth.
Bringing the Wood
Meanwhile, the Brewers will send Brandon Woodruff to the mound on Sunday to help them complete the sweep. Woodruff is having a Cy Young-caliber season for the Brew Crew, going just 7-4 but posting a 2.04 ERA over 19 starts. He also owns a 0.83 WHIP on the season, although Woodruff is winless over his last three starts and has given up 15 hits over his last 18 innings.
On the other hand, the White Sox have looked sluggish since the all-star break, scoring two runs or less in five of their nine games coming out of the break. Yoan Moncada, Andrew Vaughn, and Jose Abreu have all been swinging a hot bat lately. But with Tim Anderson in a slump and the team’s lineup hurt by injuries, the White Sox aren’t getting much from anyone other than Moncada, Vaughn, and Abreu.
Bust Out the Brooms
The White Sox have a watered-down lineup right now, which isn’t going to get the job down against a pitcher like Woodruff. While this game figures to be a pitcher’s duel, the Brewers have more options in their lineup right now who can get something done against Lynn. Bet on Milwaukee to win on Sunday and complete the sweep of the White Sox.
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