Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play August 28th


#978 CHICAGO with Cease (-188) over Arizona with Davies at 2:10 PM EST
Off three consecutive losses and on a dismal 2-8 run, the Pale Hose will crank their game up a notch and grab a much-needed victory in the Windy City this afternoon. Chicago sits 5.0-games back in the hunt for the AL Central title and manager Tony La Russa’s boys need to crank their game up a notch at home (30-33) in order to have a shot at winning the division.

Righty Dylan Cease will toe the rubber for the ChiSox. In 2022, No. 84 has made 25 starts for the Southsiders and been nicked for only 35 earned runs and 101 hits in 139.0 innings of work. Cease struck out 182 and walked 61 on his way to a solid 12-6 mark with a 2.27 ERA. Dylan has been at his absolute best in day starts too. With the sun shining, Cease has allowed only 12 earned runs and 57 hits in 87.1 frames. After the math, that equates to a solid 8-3 tally with a powerful 1.24 ERA.

Up on the mound for the visitors will be right-hander Zach Davies. So far this season, No. 27 has made 20 starts for the D’Backs and been slapped for 44 earned runs and 86 hits in 102.2 innings. Davies fanned 75 and walked 36 on his way to a 2-4 record with a 3.86 ERA. Zach got absolutely crushed in his last outing against the White Sox too. Back on August 8th, 2021, Davies was slammed for seven earned runs and seven hits (three of which left the stadium) in only 2.0 frames. The Pale Hose won that contest 9-3.

Several strong team trends support this money-maker. Chicago has tasted victory in 13 of its last 16 on Sunday, four straight after slipping in the first two games of a series, and 18 of its last 25 against National League opponents. On the other side of Guaranteed Rate Field, Arizona has fallen in 61 of its last 91 in the third game of a series, 88 of its last 125 on foreign soil, and 90 of its last 133 after allowing five runs or more in their last game.

After scoring a grand total of 27 runs in their last four battles, the Diamondbacks will have trouble lighting up the scoreboard in this classic pitching mismatch. Take Chicago with Cease. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.


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