In the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (56-67) and the Chicago White Sox (58-63) at Safeco Field, Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.60 ERA) and John Danks (6-10, 4.61 ERA) get the ball. The White Sox won the last game 6-3 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will air on CSCh and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Walker pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.321, 70 Rs, 37 HRs, 76 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Angels 5-3 the last time Danks pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking one. Jose Abreu (.292, 70 Rs, 22 HRs, 74 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Seattle, a -154 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Mariners are 32-39 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,739. Seattle's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 7.7 during that span, compared to its 4.5 season average.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .426 when playing as the underdog (29-39) and an overall money line of -700. The White Sox are known for their bats, hitting 319 extra base hits. Chicago's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.3. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, best in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.4 strikeouts per game.
The previous two games have all gone Chicago's way. This game will feature Danks (LHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 14-21 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Walker. They sport a 47-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 24-25, while Seattle is 19-27.
The White Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mariners who are heading in with a 12-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 10-46. The Mariners have a 15-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 101 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 143.
Ranking 12th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.30 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.58.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.688). Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .705.
The White Sox are 27-46 when they allow at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 27-55 record.