Chris Sale (15-6, 3.15 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (61-65) take on Felix Hernandez (8-4, 3.26 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (67-60) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 7-6, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on WGN and RTNW.
Sale pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 6-2 win over the Athletics. Todd Frazier (.211, 66 Rs, 31 HRs, 80 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs. Hernandez went 8.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking one in an 8-2 win over the Brewers in his most recent start. Robinson Cano (.298, 84 Rs, 29 HRs, 80 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Chicago is a -120 favorite against Seattle and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -459 and a record as the favorite of 33-25.
In games where it is the underdog, Seattle has a 29-28 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 White Sox have a 47-54 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hernandez takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Mariners, who have a 19-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Mariners lost by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 21-24 in one-run games. The Mariners have a 23-24 record in close games.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 29-27, while Seattle is 28-28.
The Mariners managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are heading in with a 31-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 44-11. The Mariners have a 49-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 512 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 with 593.
Ranking 24th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 357 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 392.
The White Sox are 45-37 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 55-38 record.