Rockies vs. White Sox (September 14): Will stellar September continue for AL Cy Young favorite Cease?

Eddie Griffin

The Cleveland Guardians are proving hard to catch in the AL Central, but the Chicago White Sox continue to do what they can to try to close the gap. This afternoon, they will have their ace on the mound as they look to wrap up a two-game sweep of the visiting Colorado Rockies.

With 10 wins in their last 13 games, the White Sox are playing their best baseball of the season. Whether or not it has to do with manager Tony La Russa being away from the team is anyone’s guess, but their form is strong as they prepare for the most important stretch of their season.

In eight days, the White Sox might be riding high, or their postseason hopes will be on their last legs. After today, they have a single game at Cleveland tomorrow and a weekend series in Detroit before hosting the Guardians for three games next week.

Cease is slated to get the ball for the opener of the series with the Guardians next Tuesday, but today, he will be tasked with mowing down the Rockies and at worst remain three games behind Cleveland in the division.

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox Matchup Information and Betting Odds

Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Colorado Rockies (61-81, 21-47 away, 5th in the NL West) vs. Chicago White Sox (73-69, 35-36 home, 2nd in the AL Central)
  • Venue & Location: Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time (1:10 p.m. local time)

Rockies vs. White Sox Pitching Matchup

  • Colorado: Kyle Freeland (2022: 27 starts, 8-9, 4.63 ERA)
  • Chicago: Dylan Cease (2022: 28 starts, 14-6, 2.06 ERA)

Rockies vs. White Sox Odds

Game odds are via FanDuel. This article may also mention odds from our other recommended legal online sportsbooks.

Moneyline

  • Colorado Rockies +198
  • Chicago White Sox -240

Over/Under

  • Over 7.5 (-106)
  • Under 7.5 (-114)

Run Line

  • Colorado Rockies +1.5 (-113)
  • Chicago White Sox -1.5 (-106)

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox Prediction and Picks

Rockies vs. White Sox Prediction: White Sox to win

Rockies vs. White Sox Picks: White Sox -1.5 (Best Value: +100 at BetRivers) & Dylan Cease over 7.5 strikeouts (Best Value: -102 at FanDuel)

Justin Verlander going on the IL a couple of weeks ago opened the door wide for Cease in the AL Cy Young race, and Cease has not wasted the opportunity.

Eleven days ago, he came within one out of a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. In his most recent start last Thursday against the Oakland A’s, he allowed three hits and two walks and struck out nine in six scoreless innings.

Verlander is reportedly set to return soon, but as of now, he’ll be playing catch-up in the AL Cy Young race, according to the latest odds. At FanDuel, Cease is now a -140 favorite, with the two-time AL Cy Young winner at +100.

That gap should widen after today. Over his last eight home starts, Cease is 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA.

While the Rockies are certainly formidable offensively at Coors Field, they don’t come close to matching that on the road.

At home, they are hitting .284 and averaging a league-leading 5.84 runs per game. But on the road, they are hitting just .230 and averaging a league-worst 3.01 runs per game.

They are also much weaker against right-handed pitching than left-handed pitching.

Batting Splits for Colorado

  • Batting average vs. RHP: .248
  • Batting average vs. LHP: .280
  • Batting average in games started by RHP: .247
  • Batting average in games started by LHP: .274
  • Runs per game in games started by RHP: 4.18
  • Runs per game in games started by LHP: 4.96

Also, Colorado’s strikeout splits point to another good day in that department for Cease. At home, they are averaging just 7.32 strikeouts per game, but on the road, they are averaging 8.6 Ks per game.

Cease has had eight or more strikeouts nine times in 15 home starts and 17 times overall this season. Look for him to add to those numbers this afternoon and for the White Sox to go into a potentially season-defining stretch with 11 wins in 14 games.

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Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.