In the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (56-66) and the Chicago White Sox (57-63) at Safeco Field, Vidal Nuno (0-2, 3.14 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.42 ERA) get the start. The White Sox won the last game 11-4 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will air on WGN and RTNW.
In his last start, Nuno pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-8 loss to the Red Sox. Nelson Cruz (.322, 69 Rs, 37 HRs, 76 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Angels 2-1 the last time Rodon pitched. He went 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking three. Adam Eaton (.265, 71 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 6 yesterday with one RBI.
Seattle is favored by a slight -113 margin in its matchup against Chicago. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have a 32-38 record and overall money line at -1,636. Over the last 10 games, they have a very good record when playing as the favorite (4-1). Seattle's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.8 during that span, compared to its 4.5 season average.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 28-39 when they are the underdog and are -800 overall with the money line. Chicago is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 316 extra base hits. Chicago's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.7 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. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.3 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the White Sox are 1-0 against the Mariners. The Mariners will take on a left-hander (Rodon) in this game and have a 14-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Nuno will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 10-14 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Sea, O/U - Over
Seattle has won 41% (19-27) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 49% (24-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Mariners have a 0-8 record when opponents score that many runs 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 100 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 8.32 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.51.
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 .706.
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 27-54 record.