Tom Koehler (9-8, 3.83 ERA) and Chris Sale (14-5, 3.16 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Miami Marlins (60-56) and the Chicago White Sox (56-60) at Marlins Park. The White Sox won the last game 8-7, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and can be seen on WGN and FSFL.
Koehler pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking three in a 2-0 win over the Giants. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Sale went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 7-5 win over the Royals in his last outing. Todd Frazier (.211, 64 Rs, 31 HRs, 72 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago takes on Miami as a -138 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Marlins have an overall money line of +18 and a record as the underdog of 31-28. Miami has recorded a disappointing 1-3 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Marlins have seen an uptick in scoring against teams in the AL, averaging 5.3 runs per game. They average 4.3 runs per game on the season. The Marlins lead the NL in hits with an impressive 9.4 per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Miami. The Marlins are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 3.8 runs per home game.
In games where it is the favorite, Chicago has a 30-23 record and an overall money line of -446. Chicago is 1-3 as the favorite and 8-7 SU against National League opponents. The White Sox allow just 4.3 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Marlins have a great 10-4 record at home (19-8 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Sale takes the mound. Koehler (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 44-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
The White Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Marlins are 15-14. The White Sox are 20-22 in close games this season.
The Marlins managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the White Sox have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the White Sox have won their last two games while the Marlins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 50-13. The White Sox have a 40-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Miami and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Miami sits at 21st with 496 runs this season and Chicago ranks 25th with 464.
Ranking 22nd, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 331 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 337.
When the Marlins hit at least one home run, they are 43-27. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 41-34 record.