Chris Sale (9-7, 3.52 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.01 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (51-58) and the Los Angeles Angels (59-51) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on CSCh and FSW.
Sale pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out nine and walking three in an 11-3 defeat to the Rays. Adam Eaton (.268, 67 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Shoemaker threw six innings in his last start and struck out 10 with zero runs allowed.
Chicago is a -147 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -835 and a record as the favorite of 26-23. Chicago is a disappointing 1-4 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The White Sox are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 283. Chicago's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.4.
As for their opponent, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+125), Los Angeles has an unimpressive 17-26 record when playing as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog. 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 2.7 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 third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.6 walks allowed per game.
The White Sox have a 43-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shoemaker takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a very good 16-9 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 21-21. The Angels are 19-13 in close games this season.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are coming in with a 25-10 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 8-44. The Angels have an 11-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Chicago has hit 91 this season. Los Angeles ranks eighth with 122 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.24 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.55.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.684). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .705.
The Angels are 30-42 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 25-42 when they allow at least one homer.