Lester to start series opener for Chicago at Chicago
Chicago; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago hosts Chicago to begin a two game series.
The White Sox are 24-19 in home games. Chicago’s lineup has 101 home runs this season, Jose Abreu leads the club with 20 homers.
The Cubs are 17-26 in road games. Chicago has slugged .452, good for fourth in the National League. Willson Contreras leads the club with a .571 slugging percentage, including 33 extra-base hits and 18 home runs. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 5-5, .286 batting average, 5.66 ERA, outscored by 11 runs
Cubs: 3-7, .265 batting average, 6.20 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
White Sox Injuries: Carlos Rodon: 60-day IL (elbow), Michael Kopech: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 60-day IL (elbow), Dylan Covey: 10-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Burr: 10-day IL (elbow), Manny Banuelos: 10-day IL (shoulder), Yolmer Sanchez: day-to-day (hand), Tim Anderson: 10-day IL (ankle), Welington Castillo: 10-day IL (oblique).
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Cole Hamels: 10-day IL (oblique), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Carl Edwards Jr.: 10-day IL (shoulder), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist).