Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.42 ERA) and James Paxton (4-5, 3.53 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (60-65) and the Seattle Mariners (67-59) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on CSCh and RTNW.
Ranaudo pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-7 win over the Indians. Jose Abreu (.285, 49 Rs, 17 HRs, 70 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Paxton went 8.1 innings, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 3-1 win over the Angels in his last outing. Robinson Cano (.297, 82 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle takes on Chicago as a -151 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -459 and a record as the underdog of 27-40.
In games where it is the favorite, Seattle has a 38-31 record and an overall money line of +158. The Mariners are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.2 hits per road game. Seattle is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. Moving on to Seattle's pitching staff and defense, the Mariners allow just 4.3 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The Mariners lead the season series, 2-1. The White Sox have a 13-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Paxton takes the mound. Ranaudo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 48-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
When they lead after seven innings, both Chicago and Seattle have a 28-27 record.
The Mariners didn't score any runs in their last game. The White Sox have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 43-11. The Mariners have a 49-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 505 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 587.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 353 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 389.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 45-37, well-matched with the Mariners who are 55-37 when hitting one or more homers.