Dan Haren out to silence White Sox bats in MLB contest
Chicago White Sox vs Washington Nationals Odds
The Nationals will be trying to slam their rivals from the other league on Thursday, as the Chicago White Sox visit in inter-league play at Nationals Park.
Dylan Axelrod gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the White Sox on this day; he's 0-0 on the season. The Nationals, meanwhile, will counter with Dan Haren, who will be looking to improve on his 0-1 mark.
The White Sox were listed as +-164 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 9 in the National League and the White Sox at No. 9 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 8-rated offensive output, at 8.4 hits per game. The White Sox average 8.1 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the American League list.
Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the American League's No. 14-rated road mark, allowing 6.5 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.
The White Sox were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -152 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Nationals, who beat them 5-2 on Wednesday behind a start from Jordan Zimmermann at Nationals Park.
Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few White Sox at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi White Sox's last 16 games on the road
Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox at Cleveland, Friday, April 12
Washington home to Atlanta, Friday, April 12