John Danks (6-11, 4.90 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (60-66) meet Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.72 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (59-69) in the second of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-2 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and will air on CSCh and RTNW.
In his last start, Danks pitched 5.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out four and walking three in an 8-6 loss to the Mariners. Jose Abreu (.296, 75 Rs, 24 HRs, 78 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Mariners were victorious over the White Sox 8-6 the last time Walker pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs and striking out four. Nelson Cruz (.320, 76 Rs, 39 HRs, 82 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a small underdog (+105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The White Sox are 30-40 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -938. The White Sox are a dangerous hitting team with 334 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Turning to the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .461 when playing as the favorite (35-41) and an overall money line of -1,701. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.2 runs per game, above their 3.9 season average. Seattle's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.6.
In their previous four games this season, the White Sox have a 3-1 record. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Walker) 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 left-hander Danks. They sport a 15-23 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
Seattle has won 40% (19-29) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 51% (26-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 7-11 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 37-18. The White Sox have a 47-12 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Chicago ranks 27th with 481 runs and Seattle is 24th with 495.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 288 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 12th with 369.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 36-34, well-matched with the Mariners who are 50-39 when hitting one or more homers.