In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (11-6) and the Texas Rangers (10-7) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.72 ERA) and Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00 ERA) take the mound. The White Sox won the last game 5-0, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and will air on CSCh and FSSW.
In his last start, Rodon pitched 0.1 inning, giving up five runs, striking out one and walking two in a 7-0 loss to the Angels. Melky Cabrera (.317, 7 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. The Rangers were victorious the last time Lewis pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out seven and walking two in an 8-4 victory over the Orioles. Adrian Beltre (.344, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Chicago -160 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment. The Rangers are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of two runs allowed per away game. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 6.1 strikeouts per road game.
So far this season, the White Sox are 1-0 against the Rangers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its fourth of the season. Texas has been shut out one time this season.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 5-6 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 0-6. The Rangers have a 2-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Texas has hit 13 this season. Chicago ranks 20th with 14 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.12 per game. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with 8.75.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.623). Texas ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .713.
The Rangers are 7-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 1-3 when they allow at least one homer.