Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53 ERA) is on the hill for the Los Angeles Angels (60-57) as they square off against Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (55-60) in the first of a four-game series at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on WGN and FSW.
Heaney pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the White Sox. Albert Pujols (.253, 64 Rs, 31 HRs, 67 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Rodon went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 3-0 win over the Angels in his last outing. Jose Abreu (.295, 70 Rs, 22 HRs, 69 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -158 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Angels have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-214), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 43-27. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 311. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.71. 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.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 27-36 record and an overall money line of -617. The White Sox have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 304 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 White Sox have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Angels have a 16-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodon takes the mound. Heaney (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 10-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
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.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 21-37 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
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 18th with 324.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 47-28. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 34-32 record.