White Sox vs. Cubs prediction and odds for Wednesday, Aug. 16 (Value on total)

How to wager on the total in the second game between the Cubs and White Sox.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Javier Assad (72) throws a pitch.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Javier Assad (72) throws a pitch. / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox won the first game of their two-game series with the Chicago Cubs, meaning the Cubbies are going to want some revenge on Wednesday night.

Javier Assad (2-2, 3.12 ERA) is coming off a gem in his last game when he held the Toronto Blue Jays to just one run across seven innings of work. The Cubs righty will look to keep the momentum going tonight against Mike Clevinger (5-5, 3.55 ERA), who is making his fourth start since returning from an injury back in late July. 

The Cubs – who have playoff hopes in the National League – would love to get a win in this spot since they’re now 3.5 games back in the NL Central. 

Let’s break down the odds for this crosstown matchup and my best bet: 

White Sox vs. Cubs odds, run line and total

White Sox vs. Cubs prediction and pick

This game has a sky-high total at 11, but I think that’s a little high considering the starting pitching matchup. 

Assad has been solid in a hybrid role as a starter and reliever this season, posting an impressive 1.20 ERA in 10 appearances since July 1. 

Meanwhile, Clevinger has a sub-4.00 ERA and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since  May 6. 

Even though the Cubs have one of the better offenses in baseball, the White Sox are downright awful, ranking 28th in the league in OPS this season.

The first game of this series finished with eight combined runs, and I think we’d need to see a monster offensive showing from the Cubs for this matchup to go OVER. 

I’ll fade the movement on the total and take the UNDER on Wednesday night. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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