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Chicago White Sox vs Cincinnati Reds 5/5/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

Chicago White Sox vs Cincinnati Reds 5/5/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Great American Ball Park will be the site of a three-game interleague series between the Chicago White Sox from the American League Central and the Cincinnati Reds from the National League Central starting on Friday evening. The Chi White Sox are currently struggling with a 10-22 record, marking their longest losing streak of 10 games and having lost 12 of their last 16 road games. They are currently fourth in the AL Central division, trailing the Minnesota Twins by eight games. 

Last Sunday, the White Sox ended their 10-game losing streak with a 12-9 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, avoiding a series sweep. They followed it up by winning a 2-1 series against the Twins but then lost 3-7 at home against them yesterday afternoon, surrendering five runs in the 12th inning. Designated hitter Eloy Jimenez hit a home run and drove in three runs for the White Sox in the losing effort.

Chicago’s Lance Lynn, a 35-year-old right-hander who has struggled this season along with most of his teammates, will start on Friday. He has a 0-4 record and 7.16 ERA, having given up 37 hits, 15 walks, and 8 home runs in 32.2 innings pitched while posting a 1.59 WHIP and 42 strikeouts. Lynn has taken the loss in his last five starts, giving up 24 runs in his last 27 innings.

  • The Chicago White Sox are 3-11 SU in their last 14 games.
  • The Chi White Sox are 4-2 SU in their last 6 matches with Cincinnati.
  • The White Sox are 0-8 SU in their last 8 games on the road.

Chicago White Sox vs Cincinnati Reds 5/5/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

The Cincinnati Reds are returning home after winning nine of their last fifteen games at home and hope to add another win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. Cincinnati is 13-18 overall, 9-6 at home, and fourth in the NL Central with 6.5 games behind Pittsburgh in first place. The Reds dropped three of their last four games on the road, including a 7-1 loss in the series finale on Wednesday. Luis Cessa (1-4) took the loss for Cincinnati after giving up three runs in more than three innings pitched while Spencer Steer was the only Red to score a run in the loss. 

Hunter Greene (0-1, 2.89 ERA) will take the mound for Cincinnati in the series opener on Friday. The hard-throwing right-hander has a WHIP of 1.43 and 40 strikeouts while allowing 29 hits, 11 walks, and a home run in 28.0 innings pitched. In his last outing, Greene struck out ten batters while giving up two runs in a 3-2 road win over Oakland.

  • The total stayed UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 7 matches with the White Sox.
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 9 games at home.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home against Chi White Sox.

Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds. The MLB Pick for this contest is Cincinnati -115. The Reds will dominate this match-up at home versus the White Sox who will be missing 3B Yoan Moncada who is currently on a 10-day IL due to back issues. After finishing 31 games played, Chicago ranked 24th in OPS and 22nd in runs scored while Cincinnati ranked 22nd in OPS and 18th in runs scored for the season. The prediction: Cincinnati Reds will win 5-3.   

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM ET

Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio 

Date: Friday, May 5, 2023 

TV: Apple TV+

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati Reds -115 

MLB Totals: 8.5

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