Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45 ERA) starts for the Los Angeles Angels (59-53) as they square off against John Danks (6-9, 4.79 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (53-58) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 3-0 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on CSCh and FSW.
Danks pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Royals. Adam Eaton (.269, 68 Rs, 9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Heaney went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-4 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start.
Los Angeles takes on Chicago as a -129 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -624 and a record as the underdog of 26-35. Chicago has recorded a disappointing 1-4 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The White Sox have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 289. Chicago's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.3.
In the other locker room, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +four and an impressive record of 42-26 as the favorite. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.66 ERA. When it comes to issuing walks, the Angels have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The White Sox have an 8-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Heaney takes the mound. Danks (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 16-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its eighth of the season. Los Angeles has been shut out 10 times this season.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 21-34 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the White Sox have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the White Sox have won their last two games while the Angels have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 44-11. The White Sox have a 42-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 419 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 462.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 255 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 310.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 33-31. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 47-26 record.