In the second of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (60-57) and the Chicago White Sox (55-60) at Angel Stadium, Garrett Richards (11-9, 3.55 ERA) and John Danks (6-9, 4.58 ERA) get the ball. The Angels won the last game 2-1 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and will air on CSCh and FSW.
In his last start, Richards pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 loss to the Royals. Albert Pujols (.253, 64 Rs, 31 HRs, 67 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Angels 3-2 the last time Danks pitched. He went 7.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out two and walking three. Jose Abreu (.295, 70 Rs, 22 HRs, 69 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the White Sox, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -174 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Angels perform well as a favorite with a 43-27 record, but haven't fared as well with the overall money line (-314). The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 311 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Los Angeles pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 3.9 runs per game. The Angels don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the AL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (27-36) and an overall money line of -617. The White Sox are known for their bats, hitting 304 extra base hits. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they allow just 2.4 walks per road game, good for tops in the AL.
The previous three games have all gone Chicago's way. The Angels will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have a 16-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Richards will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 45-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
In their last game, the White Sox lost by a margin of one run. The Angels are 20-15 in one-run games. The White Sox have a 22-22 record in close games.
Chicago has won 50% (23-23) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 63% (29-17) 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 outhit their opponents, the Angels are 44-14. The White Sox have a 43-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 433 this season. Los Angeles ranks 16th with 479 runs.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 269 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 324.
The Angels are 47-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 34-32 when they hit at least one homer.