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Hendricks and Cubs are Huge Faves in Windy City Series Opener

Winning eight of their last nine and reclaiming the lead in the NL Central, the Cubs will welcome back Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 4.09 ERA) for the start of the Windy City series this afternoon after the righty missed more than a month with tendinitis. The defending champs seem to have righted the ship and if Hendricks can rediscover his form from 2016, he’ll be a major boost to the Cubbies’ division bid.

  • The White Sox are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games.
  • The Cubs are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against right-handed starting pitchers.
  • The visiting team is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games in this matchup.

It sure seems the Cubs are finally over their World Series hangover and since the Midsummer Classic, they’ve scored an average 6.22 runs while hitting .294 as a team.

On the other side of the city, the Pale Hose are struggling. Since the all-star break, the White Sox have lost eight straight games and it’s clear that the tank is fully on. They’ll counter Hendricks with Miguel Gonzalez (4-9, 4.89 ERA) as the 33-year-old looks to break a personal four-game losing streak in which the righty has given up a total of 16 earned runs.

Pegging the home team a massive -270 moneyline favorite for this series opener, bookmakers are confident that the Cubs are on the up and up. At that line, however, the world champions are a tough team to bet in Hendricks’ first game back – maybe consider a bet on the total here.

Chicago White Sox vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 51-46 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago White Sox sit at 38-57 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Chicago injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 16-rated Chicago Cubs and the league No. 29-ranked Chicago White Sox, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Chicago Cubs and its No. 14-rated batting order, averaging 4.69 runs per nine innings, against the No. 22 lineup of the Chicago White Sox at 4.43 runs per outing.

Chicago brings the No. 20-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs' No. 10-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago suffered a 5-4 loss against Kansas City on Sunday, as Derek Holland wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Royals Stadium.

Chicago rolled to a 5-3 win against St. Louis on Sunday, as Jose Quintana and the Cubs' bats led the team to victory at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Chi White Sox is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi White Sox is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox' last 10 games
  • Chi White Sox is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox

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