Carlos Rodon (2-8, 4.67 ERA) and Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.46 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (52-57) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-46) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Orioles won the last game 7-5, and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on WGN and MAS2.
Rodon pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-4 defeat to the Twins. Todd Frazier (.214, 61 Rs, 30 HRs, 68 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Tillman went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 6-2 win over the Blue Jays in his last outing. Pedro Alvarez (.262, 30 Rs, 18 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Baltimore takes on Chicago as a -133 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -544 and a record as the underdog of 23-33.
Over in the other dugout, Baltimore is coming in with an overall money line of +1,470 and an impressive record of 40-17 as the favorite. Offensively, the Orioles have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 3.2 during that stretch. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 163 home runs.
The Orioles lead the season series, 3-2. The White Sox have a 41-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Tillman takes the mound. Rodon (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 17-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
For the seventh time this season, the Orioles registered at least two errors in a game.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 5-3 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 8-44. The Orioles have a 17-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs this season with 163. Chicago ranks near the bottom with 109.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.47 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five with 9.01.
Ranking 23rd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .774.
The Orioles are 35-36 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 31-41 record.