Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49 ERA) and Derek Holland (2-0, 2.70 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (12-6) and the Texas Rangers (10-8) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-3, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on CSCh and FSSW.
Latos pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-0 win over the Angels. Melky Cabrera (.344, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Holland went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 7-5 win over the Astros in his last outing. Adrian Beltre (.333, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Chicago and Texas are White Sox -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now. The White Sox are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.006 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 6.6.
The Rangers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.1 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
In their last game, the Rangers lost by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 5-3 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 2-2 record in close games.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 3-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the White Sox have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the White Sox have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
Neither the White Sox (11-0) nor the Rangers (8-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Chicago has earned 57 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 80 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 47 this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 50.
The White Sox are 8-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 6-6 when they hit at least one homer.