5* MLB *BEST BET*
Texas vs. Chi White Sox,
07/03/2012 20:10 EDT,
Score: 2 - 19
Money Line: -125 Chi White Sox
5* MLB *BEST BET* on White Sox -125
When the Rangers, who own the best record in baseball, are underdogs, it has been for good reason. Consider that they are 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 2-12 in their last 14 games as an underdog of +110 to +150. The White Sox, meanwhile, are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 9-3 in their last 12 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
The Sox clearly have the edge on the mound with Sale, who has a 2.29 ERA and a 0.954 WHIP. The White Sox are 6-2 in his last 8 starts and 4-1 in his last 5 starts as a favorite. The Rangers are 8-13 versus an AL starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.50 or better this season and 9-15 versus a starting pitcher who gives up 0.5 or less HR's/start this season.
Chicago has been playing sensational defense, which will allow Sale to attack the strikezone with confidence. It is 18-6 this season when going 15 straight games with one or less errors.
The White Sox are also 6-1 in their last 7 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. The Rangers have won Oswalt's first two starts, but his 1.973 WHIP shows us he's been far from dominant. Take the White Sox.