Hector Santiago (7-5, 2.78 ERA) starts for the Los Angeles Angels (59-52) as they square off against Carlos Rodon (4-4, 5.00 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (52-58) in the second of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 8-2 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on WPWR and FSW.
Rodon pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-5 defeat to the Rays. Jose Abreu (.295, 66 Rs, 21 HRs, 67 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. Santiago went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start. Mike Trout (.304, 78 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Los Angeles takes on Chicago as a -122 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -735 and a record as the underdog of 25-35. 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 287. 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 4.4.
As for their opponent, Los Angeles is coming in with an overall money line of +125 and an impressive record of 42-25 as the favorite. Offensively, the Angels have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 3.1 during that stretch. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.62 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, 1-0. The White Sox have an 8-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Rodon (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 has won 51% (23-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 62% (28-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 6-9 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 42-10. The Angels have a 44-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 416 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 15th with 462.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 253 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 308.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 32-31. When the Angels hit at least one homer, they have a 47-26 record.