Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chi. White Sox Picks and Predictions June 16th 2024

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chi. White Sox White Sox MLB Sun, Jun 16, 16:10 pm.
Arizona Diamondbacks
ML: -175
Chi. White Sox White Sox
ML: 145

White Sox Seek Rare Series Win in Matchup with D-backs

The Chicago White Sox are looking to grab a rare series win as they wrap up their three-game showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. With right-hander Drew Thorpe making his second major league start, the White Sox hope to build on their recent victory and snag just their fifth series win of the season.

Series Dynamics

Drew Thorpe’s Promising Start

Impressive Debut

Drew Thorpe, who was traded from the San Diego Padres, made quite the entrance in his major league debut against Seattle. He pitched five solid innings, allowing only two runs (one earned) on three hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Chicago manager Pedro Grifol was all praises for Thorpe’s command and his effective use of secondary pitches.

Thorpe’s Pitching Style

Thorpe is known for his strike-throwing prowess and competitive spirit. In his debut, he threw 98 pitches, with 61 of them landing for strikes. His changeup was particularly effective, accounting for 38 pitches and even striking out Julio Rodriguez.

Chicago’s Season Struggles

Rare Series Wins

It’s been a rough season for the White Sox, who currently hold the worst record in the majors at 19-53. Their last series win was back in mid-May against the Washington Nationals. Securing a series win against the Diamondbacks would be a much-needed boost, marking only their fifth of the season.

Strong Performance in Game 2

In the second game of the series, the White Sox put on a show, winning 9-2 and tying their season high for runs scored in a game. Erick Fedde’s solid pitching and the team’s offensive surge, which included four home runs, were key factors in the victory.

Pitching Matchup

Jordan Montgomery for the Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 6.58 ERA) will be on the mound for Arizona. Despite his struggles this season, Montgomery has a strong record against the White Sox, boasting a 2-0 record and a 2.20 ERA in five career starts. However, he’s had some trouble with catcher Martin Maldonado, who, despite a .086 average, has managed three hits, including two home runs and three RBIs against Montgomery.

Thorpe’s Challenge

Thorpe will need to keep his cool and stay effective against a resilient Diamondbacks lineup. His ability to control the strike zone and use his changeup will be crucial in this matchup.

Team Performances and Dynamics

Diamondbacks’ Resilience

Arizona took the series opener 7-1 but faltered in the second game, especially when trailing by two or more runs. The team has a dismal 1-32 record in such situations this season. Manager Torey Lovullo emphasized the importance of moving past the loss and focusing on the next game.

White Sox’s Offensive Surge

The White Sox’s offense came alive in the second game, with significant contributions from multiple players. Keeping this momentum will be essential for them in the series finale.


The series finale between the White Sox and Diamondbacks is critical for both teams. For the White Sox, a rare series win would be a huge morale booster in an otherwise tough season. For the Diamondbacks, rebounding from a loss and leveraging Montgomery’s track record against the White Sox will be key. Drew Thorpe’s second start and both teams’ execution will ultimately decide the outcome.

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O 8.5
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