Chicago White Sox vs. Washington Nationals Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-19-2023

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The Chicago White Sox (57-93, 4th AL Central) play the middle game of a three-game interleague series in the nation's capital on Tuesday when visiting Nationals Park to play the Washington Nationals (66-84, 5th NL East). Chicago was defeated by the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Sunday and has lost five of the last six. Chicago has been eliminated from postseason contention. Washington defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Sunday snapping a five-game losing streak. Washington is on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention as they trail the third and final NL wild card spot by 12 games and have only 12 games remaining in their regular season schedule. By the time this game is played, Washington could have been eliminated as they play the White Sox on Monday.

The Chicago White Sox have struggled at the plate all season with a team batting average of .239 that is just 24th. The White Sox drop to 26th in slugging percentage at. 367, 28th in runs scored with 612 and 30th or last in on base percentage with .293. Luis Robert Jr is the team leader in home runs with 35 and RBI was 75, while Andrew Vaughn is second in home runs with 20 and tied for the lead in RBI with 75. Chicago traded away Jake Burger, who had 25 home runs through just 88 games.

 

Chicago struggles on the mound as well. The White Sox are 20th or worse in four major pitching categories. Chicago is 20th in batting average allowed at .250, while dropping to 22nd in Quality Starts with 45, and is 26th in both team ERA at 4.93 and WHIP at 1.42. Dylan Cease is leading Chicago in victories with seven and in strikeouts with 196. Chicago will hand the ball to Jose Urena on Tuesday. This season the right-hander is a disappointing 0-6 with an ERA of 8.48 and 20 Ks.

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