In the last of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (62-66) and the Seattle Mariners (68-61) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (4-8, 4.02 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (4-8, 4.14 ERA) get the ball. The White Sox won the last game 9-3, and Chicago leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 28 and will air on WGN and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 6.2 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 9-1 victory over the Phillies. Todd Frazier (.217, 68 Rs, 32 HRs, 81 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Mariners were unsuccessful against the Yankees 5-1 the last time Walker pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking three. Nelson Cruz (.285, 76 Rs, 32 HRs, 79 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Mariners, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a -118 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 34-26 record and overall money line at -356. The most recent 10-game stretch for the White Sox has gone great. Over that span, Chicago is averaging 5.3 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.1.
On the other side, the Mariners have a record of 30-29 when they are the underdog and are +35 overall with the money line. Seattle is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 177 home runs. Seattle has an eye for the strike zone, ranking fifth in the AL with 3.1 walks per game. The Mariners are one of the top pitching staffs in the AL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 4.3 runs allowed per game.
This game will feature Walker (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 47-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Rodon will take the mound against the Mariners, who have a 20-27 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
Seattle has won 50% (29-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 52% (30-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mariners are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The White Sox have a record of 15-8 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 45-12. The Mariners have a 49-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Chicago has earned 522 this season. Seattle ranks 10th with 599 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 362 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 13th with 395.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 46-38, well-matched with the Mariners who are 56-38 when hitting one or more homers.