In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (60-67) and the Seattle Mariners (60-69) at U.S. Cellular Field, Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.75 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 4.29 ERA) get the start. The Mariners won the last game 2-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and will air on CSCh and RTNW.
In his last start, Samardzija pitched 5.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. The Mariners were also unsuccessful the last time Iwakuma pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out four and walking one in an 11-5 loss to the Athletics.
Chicago is favored by a slight -115 margin in its matchup against Seattle. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 30-26 record and overall money line at -838. The White Sox rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 335. Turning to the pitching staff, an area where the White Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.4 K's per game.
Across the field, the Mariners have a record of 24-28 when they are the underdog and are -1,801 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were winless as the underdog with a 0-3 record and 4-6 SU. Seattle is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 153 home runs. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Seattle pitchers. They allowed 5.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.6.
The White Sox are 3-2 against the Mariners this season. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Iwakuma) in this game and have a 47-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Samardzija. They sport a 44-45 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
Seattle won its last game in a shutout, its 10th of the season. Chicago has been shut out nine times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 10-50. The Mariners have a 16-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 104 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five at fifth with 153.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.37 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.60.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.686). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .712.
When the Mariners allow at least one home run, they are 30-56, well-matched with the White Sox who are 28-50 when allowing at least one homer.