The Chicago White Sox won their first AL Central crown in 2021 since 2008, finishing the regular season with 93 wins. Unfortunately for Sox fans, the team flopped in the Playoffs, losing to the Astros in four games.
An intriguing offseason looms as Chicago looks to go from ‘good’ to ‘great.’ It appears that polarizing manager Tony La Russa will be back, as will most of the team’s core players. Though Cy Young candidate Carlos Rodon, who is a free agent, could be an exception.
The White Sox don’t yet have an official sportsbook partner. But for now, Illinoisans can still bet on White Sox games at any of the sports betting apps in Illinois.
From the latest Sox World Series odds to player and team futures, first five betting and more, here’s your guide to betting on the White Sox. We’ll provide live odds and bonus offers from Illinois sportsbooks during the 2022 season.
Our odds tool makes it easy to find the best available Sox odds and betting lines for each game with the latest numbers from multiple books. Check our daily MLB game odds and click on any odds to start getting your bet down.
The most common ways to bet on single games in baseball include the moneyline bet (which team will win the game), the run total and the run line.
Below is an example of such markets for a White Sox game from an actual online sportsbook in Illinois:
|Team||Run line||Run total||Moneyline|
|Houston Astros||+1.5 -180||Over 8 -115||+110|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 +155||Under 8 -105||-130|
If you don’t like these numbers the sportsbook has on a particular game before the first pitch, you might be able to get odds more to your liking after the game has started. These markets stay available live, with adjustments on the lines and odds as the game goes along.
Additionally, there are myriad other ways to bet on White Sox games. These are the most common and often the first lines you’ll see when you visit the MLB section on your favorite sports betting app.
In today’s MLB, games can drastically alter once teams get into their bullpens and managers start using pitch hitters to play the matchups. Some handicappers find it far easier to predict outcomes when starting pitchers are on the mound and teams’ starting lineups are still in their first or second times through.
Sportsbooks allow for this dynamic by allowing bettors to wager on just the first five innings of games. When you bet on these markets, the sportsbook will grade your wagers at the end of the fifth inning as if the game has ended.
However, you might have to pay a premium for this favor. That will especially apply if one team seems to have a decided edge in the starting pitching matchup for the game. An example of a first five market from the same game is below:
|Team||Run line||Run total||Moneyline|
|Houston Astros||+1.5 -230||Over 5 -115||-140|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 +105||Under 5 -105||-180|
The run line bet is the same as a point spread in a basketball or football game. Essentially, it’s the difference in the number of runs the winning team scores as compared to the same for the losing team. The margin of victory is another term that means the same thing here. Usually, the market looks like this:
If you think the White Sox will win by at least two runs, then you’d take the better odds for Chicago at -1.5. On the other hand, if your handicapping says the Astros will win the game outright or lose by just one run, you’re better off taking the short odds on Astros +1.5.
The run total in baseball is the same as the point total in basketball and football betting. It’s the number of runs that both teams will combine to score in a game. The markets usually appear this way:
These bets are quite simple. If you think both teams will combine for at least nine runs in the game, you’d pay a little more on the over bet. However, if your models forecast seven or fewer runs in the game, you’ll take the better deal on the under wager.
In this case, the sportsbook has posted a whole number for its run total, which means a push is possible. In that instance, the sportsbook will simply return your wager if the teams combine to score exactly eight runs.
Often, sportsbooks will add what’s called a “hook” to the run line to avoid pushes. Usually, that takes the form of a 0.5 added to the number. In this example, that would be 8.5 instead of eight. Since it’s impossible to score just half a run in MLB, that would assure either the sportsbook or you win the bet.
Illinois has very few regulatory and statutory limits to what kinds of futures and prop bets sportsbooks can accept on MLB games and other related events. For that reason, sportsbooks are mostly left to their own levels of comfort and can get creative to that extent.
That’s why you’ll see myriad futures for entire seasons, postseasons, and props on everything from single pitches to player awards. Some of the most popular futures include which team will win the World Series and how many games a team will win during the regular season.
Right now, DraftKings Sportsbook has the White Sox +2500 to win the World Series. You can also bet on the exact matchup of the World Series, like White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, at +4000.
Prop bets are even more plentiful and varied. You can find them in-game, like whether the next pitch will be put in play; for entire games, like whether a certain player will hit a home run that day; and for entire seasons, like a home run total for the White Sox as a whole at the end of the season.
If you have season-long futures or props bets on the White Sox live, it’s a good idea to check in on the markets from time to time during the season. You might have chances to “sell your position” or cash out your bet early before you risk losing the wager altogether.
The White Sox closed out their season in October. When the 2022-23 schedule is posted, we will include it here.
Here’s everything you need to know about the home of the White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field:
Guaranteed Rate Field is open at 100% capacity. Sox COVID protocols are still in place. As of Aug. 30, 2021, face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.
You can contact the Chicago White Sox sales office number is 1-312-674-1000. The Sox box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and closed on the weekends. You can purchase White Sox tickets during gameday hours, online at the White Sox website or by calling 1-866-SOX-GAME.
It was only a 60-game season, but Chicago recorded its highest winning percentage since 2005, the year it won the World Series.
The Sox lost to the A’s in the rubber match of a three-game Playoff series. Chicago entered the Playoffs as the No. 7 seed, but it had the best record in the American League in early September before slumping to end the year.
Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Dallas Keuchel and Luis Robert led the team in WAR.
Here is Chicago’s regular-season record for every year over the last decade.
Here are some important stats from core position players over the last two seasons. Keep in mind that the 2020 season was only 60 games.
|Tim Anderson||.335, 18 HR, 56 RBI||.322, 10 HR, 21 RBI|
|Jose Abreu||.284, 33 HR, 121 RBI||.317, 19 HR, 60 RBI|
|Yoan Moncada||.315, 29 HR, 75 RBI||.225, 6 HR, 24 RBI|
|Eloy Jimenez||.267, 31 HR, 79 RBI||.296, 14 HR, 41 RBI|
|Yasmani Grandal||.246, 28 HR, 77 RBI (Brewers)||.230, 8 HR, 27 RBI|
|Luis Robert||N/A||.233, 11 HR, 31 RBI|
Here are Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel’s stats over the last two years. We’re only highlighting them because the rest of the Chicago rotation is in flux.
|Lucas Giolito||14-9, 3.41 ERA, 228 Ks||4-3, 3.48 ERA, 97 Ks|
|Dallas Keuchel||8-8, 3.75 ERA, 91 Ks (Braves)||6-2, 1.99 ERA, 42 Ks|
The White Sox have hired La Russa as manager, and also traded for stud pitcher Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers.
They signed old friend Adam Eaton from the Washington Nationals.
The White Sox lost fan favorite James McCann in free agency to the New York Mets, and had to trade promising young starter Dane Dunning for Lynn.
MLB allows each team to negotiate its broadcast rights in its home markets for most of its games. You will find some White Sox games on national TV, however. National rights carriers include Disney (games usually on ESPN or ESPN2), Fox (games may also be on FS1), Google (games streamed on YouTube), and Turner (games usually on TBS).
The White Sox’s local broadcaster is NBC Sports Chicago. You can find that channel according to your cable, live TV streaming or satellite provider here. If you pay for such a service, you can also usually stream the games live on devices using the platform authorized by your provider.
MLB.TV is the league’s streaming platform for games. However, if you live within the White Sox’s home territory, you can’t use that service to stream games live. You can only watch them in “archived” format, meaning at least 90 minutes after the end of the game.
MLB has national audio/radio contracts with services like SiriusXM and iHeartRadio. If you pay for those services, you can usually find internet broadcasts of White Sox games there.
For over-the-air radio broadcasts, the team’s flagship stations in Chicago are ESPN WMVP AM 1000 (English) and WRTO AM 1200 (Spanish). The White Sox also have a number of affiliates that carry most games. In Illinois, those are:
With a subscription, fans can also stream the games on MLB.tv.
The White Sox are famously known as the Second City’s second team, but they have a rich history in their own right. Here’s the breakdown:
Jerry Reinsdorf owns the White Sox. He purchased the team from Bill Veeck in 1981 after the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” promotion.
The Comiskey family owned the White Sox for 56 years starting in 1900, hence the former name of the stadium, “Comiskey Park.”
Prices vary depending on the game, date and seat, but tickets run anywhere from $5 to over $100.
The White Sox had the eighth-most expensive tickets in baseball, on average, in 2019. Their city counterparts, the Cubs, ranked sixth.
Three, in 1906, 1917 and 2005.
Much had been made about the Cubs’ World Series draught, but the White Sox went 87 years without winning a championship. Led by manager Ozzie Guillen, Chicago only lost one game in the 2005 postseason.
The Sox have only made the playoffs twice since winning the World Series in ’05.
The White Sox are worth $1.65 billion according to Forbes. That ranks 14th among MLB franchises.
The Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers occupy the two spots ahead of the White Sox, while they are trailed by the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.
Reinsdorf originally purchased the team for just $19 million in 1981.
Seventeen players who played at least five seasons with the White Sox are in the Hall of Fame.
Among the most noteworthy are Luke Appling, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas and Harold Baines. Baines was the most recent induction in 2019.