Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.63 ERA) and Edgar Olmos (1-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (60-68) and the Seattle Mariners (61-69) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Mariners won the last game 7-6 and Seattle leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on WGN and RTNW.
Quintana pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 5-4 defeat to the Red Sox. Jose Abreu (.293, 75 Rs, 24 HRs, 79 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one RBI. Olmos went 3.2 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out one and walking two in a 6-5 win over the Athletics in his most recent start. Welington Castillo (.243, 37 Rs, 17 HRs, 44 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a -135 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -938 and a record as the favorite of 30-26. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 336. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Seattle has a 24-28 record and an overall money line of -1,701. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing as the underdog. The Mariners can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 154 home runs.
The White Sox have a 13-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Olmos takes the mound. Quintana (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 16-24 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
The Mariners won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 23-26. The Mariners are 26-21 in close games this season.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are coming in with a 27-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the White Sox, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the White Sox have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 39-18. The White Sox have a 47-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago and Seattle both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Chicago sits at 27th with 487 runs this season and Seattle ranks 24th with 504.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 296 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 373.
The White Sox are 36-34 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 52-39 record.