Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.00 ERA) and Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.62 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (62-57) and the Chicago White Sox (55-62) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 1-0 and Los Angeles can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on WGN and FSW.
Tropeano pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Rangers. Mike Trout (.295, 79 Rs, 33 HRs, 71 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Quintana went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Adam Eaton (.261, 70 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Los Angeles and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 319. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.67. The Angels are the third-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
The White Sox have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 307 extra base hits. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the White Sox have the fewest in the AL with only 2.4 walks allowed per game.
The Angels have an 18-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. Tropeano (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 45-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The White Sox lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Angels are 22-15. The White Sox are 22-24 in close games this season.
Chicago has won 48% (23-25) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 65% (31-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 Angels have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 10-46. The Angels have a 14-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 99 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 131.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.50.
Los Angeles and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 22nd with an OPS of .700 and Chicago ranks 27th with an OPS of .683.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 26-46. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 31-46 record.