Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago White Sox (6/7/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +450, they last won the World Series in the COVID shortened season of 2020, their first title since 1988 season; in which they beat the Mets to win the National League pennant and then upset the Oakland Athletics managed by Tony LaRussa to win the World Series.  The Dodgers are 16 games over .500 at 35-19, first place in the National League West and at -280 are poised to win their ninth National League West title in the last ten years.

In his second stint as the White Sox manager, Tony LaRussa is second all-time in wins by a manager and has won three World Series titles in his managerial career.  Chicago is currently 25-27, third place in the American League Central.  In their last 10 games the White Sox are 4-6.  Chicago is +2200 to win their first World Series title since 2005.  They’ve made the playoffs three times since winning their last championship.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Odds

The Dodgers are 18-9 on the road in 2022.  Los Angeles is 4-0 in their last four road games.  Under is 3-1-1 in the Dodgers last five interleague games.  Los Angeles is 21-7 in their last 28 vs. American League Central. Over is 15-5-3 in Dodgers last 23 games following a loss; they lost on Sunday to the Mets 5-4.  Chicago is 11-13 at home this season.  The White Sox are 6-1 in their last seven interleague home games.  Chicago is 13-3 in their last 16 interleague games.  Under is 4-0-2 in the White Sox last six interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.  Chicago is 0-5 in their last five during game one of a series.  Over is 4-0 in the White Sox last four games following a win; they beat Tampa Bay on Sunday 6-5.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

RF M. Betts R
1B F. Freeman L
SS T. Turner R
C W. Smith R
DH J. Turner R
CF C. Bellinger L
LF C.Taylor R
2B G. Lux L
3B Z. McKinstry L

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Michael Kopech (R)

This season, his first with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Freddie Freeman is hitting .294 with four home runs, 30 runs batted in with an .834 OPS.  He has 96 total bases, .455 slugging percentage and a .379 on-base percentage.  Trea Turner is batting .299 through 54 games this year.  The shortstop has 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 44 runs batted in (fourth in the National League) and a .821 OPS.  Additionally, he has 11 stolen bases and a .352 on-base percentage.  Last season, Justin Turner hit .278 with 27 big flies and 87 runs knocked in.  This year, Turner has 16 doubles, four home runs, 31 runs driven in, accumulated 69 total bases with a .666 OPS.  The veteran third baseman has scored 24 runs while slugging .375 in 2022. 

Chris Taylor, who’s been serving mostly as a designated hitter, has hit six home runs, and driven in 24 runs this year.  He also has 81 total bases, an OPS of .800, and a .460 slugging percentage in this campaign.  Outfielder Mookie Betts hit 23 with a .487 slugging percentage and an OPS of .854 last year.  This season, Betts leads the National League in home runs with 16 and total bases with 125.   He has an OPS of .976 with 39 runs batted in and a .592 slugging percentage.  Additionally, the Dodgers number 50 has .303 batting average with a .383 on-base percentage.  Betts at +290 is the favorite to win the National League MVP in 2022.

Michael Kopech is 1-2 with an ERA of 2.20 in nine starts in 2022.  He’s struck out 43 hitters and allowed 11 earned runs with a 1.022 WHIP in 45 innings this season.  The righty has a career record of 6-6 with a 3.22 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 128 2/3 innings.

Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup

SS L. Garcia S
LF A. Vaughn R
3B Y. Moncada S
1B J. Abreu R
CF L. Robert R
RF G. Sheets L
C Y. Grandal S
DH AJ Pollock R
2B J. Harrison R

Chicago White Sox Vs. Mitch White (R)

In 2021 Jose Abreu hit .261 with 30 home runs, 30 doubles, two triples, drove in 117 runs and accumulated 272 total bases.  Abreu, the 2020 American League MVP has gone over 100 runs batted in, six times in his career.  This season he has 11 doubles, seven home runs, 80 total bases, 23 runs batted in with an OPS of .773.  The first baseman also is slugging .426 with an on-base percentage of .347 in 2022.

Tim Anderson who won the American League batting title in 2019 is hitting .356 this season, second in the American League, but is currently on the injured list.  Third baseman Jake Burger is hitting .245 in his first 106 at-bats this season.  Burger has five doubles, five home runs, 17 runs batted in with an OPS of .723. 

Andrew Vaughn is hitting .298 for the White Sox this year.  He’s tied for second on the team in home runs with six, second in slugging percentage at .496 and is tied with Jose Abreu for the club lead in runs batted in with 23.  The first-round pick in 2019 has 65 total bases and an OPS .839 in 2022.  Luis Robert’s 2021 season was hampered by a right hip flexor tear, causing him to be out for a little over three months.  He’s hitting .296 with six home runs (second on the team) and 20 runs batted in this year.  Robert has 70 total bases, an OPS of .766 and a .440 slugging percentage in 2022.     

Mitch White has appeared in eight games (three starts) this season, going 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA.  He’s struck out 22 batters and allowed 11 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings with a 1.210 WHIP in 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago White Sox Picks & Prediction

Los Angeles is averaging 5.41 runs per nine innings, tops in Major League Baseball. They have a team batting average of .251, sixth in the league, and their OPS is .761, best in all of MLB.  The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed 3.30 runs per nine innings, second in the league with opponents’ batting .219 against the team, third in MLB.  Against right-handed pitchers this year, Los Angeles is 22-13.  The White Sox are averaging 3.69 runs per nine innings, 27th overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .240, 17th in the league, and their OPS is .657, 28th overall in baseball.  Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 4.77 runs per nine innings, 25th in MLB with opponents’ batting .247 against the club, 23rd in the league.  The White Sox are 18-21 against righties in 2022.

The Dodgers have one of the best teams in baseball, while the White Sox have been one of the more disappointing clubs this season.  I’m going with Los Angeles to win the first game of the series vs. their American League opponents from Chicago.  The teams will score over 8.5 runs combined and the Dodgers will cover the 1.5 runs spread.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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