Toronto Blue Jays vs Chicago White Sox Picks and Predictions May 22nd 2024

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Toronto Blue Jays
ML: -250
Chi. White Sox White Sox
ML: 200

White Sox Aim to Close Road Trip with Win Against Blue Jays

The Chicago White Sox are all set to wrap up their six-game road trip with a bang as they face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Coming off a stellar 5-0 victory on Tuesday, the White Sox have a golden chance to turn their road trip around after a tough start.

Garrett Crochet’s Dominant Performance

Garrett Crochet was the star of Tuesday’s game. The lefty pitched an impressive six innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, extending his scoreless streak to a remarkable 19 innings. The bullpen backed him up perfectly, shutting down the Blue Jays in the final three innings, with five of Toronto’s last six batters striking out. Crochet has been on fire lately, boasting a 4-0 record, a tiny 0.39 ERA, just four walks, and 27 strikeouts over his last four starts. His near-flawless performance saw only one blip, a double by Justin Turner in the fifth inning.

Quotes from the Game

Blue Jays manager John Schneider couldn’t help but praise Crochet: “You tip your hat, man. That kid throws 100. He’s got good stuff. That’s his third good game in a row. We hit some balls hard but didn’t get much going. You tip your hat to a good pitcher.”

White Sox catcher Korey Lee was equally impressed: “He’s a special one. We’re lucky that we have him on our team. He had all his pitches working in the zone. Good things happen when we have options like that.”

Key Offensive Contributions

The White Sox made the most of their opportunities, scoring all their runs with two outs. Corey Julks’ two-run single in the fifth and Danny Mendick’s two-run double in the eighth were game-changers. Manager Pedro Grifol emphasized the importance of these clutch hits: “That’s something that we’ve needed here for a little bit. Guys stepped up.”

Injury Update

Eloy Jimenez left the game after straining his left hamstring while scoring from second base on Julks’ single. Gavin Sheets stepped in as the designated hitter in the seventh inning. Grifol expects Jimenez to miss at least two games but will re-evaluate him: “We won’t know ‘til tomorrow. Obviously, you’ve got to see how he wakes up.”

Toronto’s Offensive Struggles

Justin Turner, despite his recent struggles, showed some signs of improvement on Tuesday. His 0-for-30 slump was the longest of his career. The Blue Jays’ offense has been struggling, ranking among the lowest in the American League for runs scored. Turner commented, “I thought the at-bats were way better just overall. Recognizing, being on time, being able to get a good swing off, contact point was better.”

Reflecting on baseball’s challenges, Turner said, “You’ve just got to keep working and trust the process and keep trying to get the right feels in the box, really. It’s a crazy game. It’s amazing how good you can feel one moment, and then you lose it at the snap of a finger, and then you’ve got to fight and work to get it back. Honestly, that’s what I love about the game. If it was easy all the time, a lot more people would be doing it.”

Pitching Matchup

The White Sox will start rookie right-hander Nick Nastrini, who holds a 0-2 record with a 7.88 ERA. This will be his third career start and first against the Blue Jays. Toronto will counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt, who has a 3-6 record with a 5.03 ERA this season. Bassitt has a favorable history against the White Sox, with a 3-2 record and a 3.89 ERA in seven career starts against them.


The White Sox are eager to capitalize on their recent win and finish their road trip on a high note. With strong pitching and timely hitting, they aim to clinch the series against the Blue Jays. The showdown between Nastrini and Bassitt adds extra excitement to the series finale. As both teams tackle their challenges, this game promises to be a thrilling conclusion to Chicago’s road trip.

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Toronto Blue Jays
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