Not exactly how I would’ve drawn it up, as the Pirates last night blew leads of 2-1 and (in the
ninth inning) 4-3. But they came through in the 10th, scoring a 5-4 victory and producing a nice +150 underdog winner. Back to the diamond Friday, as a long stretch of interleague play begins and I side with the team that owns the second-best record in interleague history. Two weeks ago, the White Sox traveled a few miles north to Wrigley Field and swept the hated Cubs — by a combined score of 16-6, by the way — and with that the Pale Hose improved to 156-111 against the National League since Bud Selig’s little experiment began in 1997. The only team with a better interleague winning percentage than Chicago’s .584 mark is the Yankees (.593).
Granted, I’m not exactly doing cartwheels over the fact that the White Sox tonight are giving
the ball to Gavin Floyd, who has surrendered 26 runs (all earned) over his last four starts covering just 19 2/3 innings (11.90 ERA). However, in his four starts prior to this ugly stretch, Floyd allowed just four runs in 28 2/3 innings (1.26 ERA). In other words, the right-hander is just in a slump. More importantly, despite Floyd’s mess, Chicago is on a 15-4 run going back to May 17. Conversely, Houston has dropped 10 of its last 12 , including six in a row on the road. In fact, the Astros have posted just six wins in 25 games outside of Houston this season. And while the White Sox were kicking the Cubs all over Wrigley Field last month, the Astros were dropping two of three (at home) to the Rangers, dropping their all-time interleague record to 108-125, including 3-9 since last June.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Thursday’s Result: Pirates (+150) at Reds (Win)