Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (6-5, 4.04 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (36-42) and the Baltimore Orioles (42-39) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 3-2 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and can be seen on MASN2 and WGN.
Sale is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in his appearances against the Orioles, and goes up against a quality Baltimore offense which is batting .257 this season. Jose Abreu (.294, 46 Rs, 14 HRs, 44 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. When pitching against the White Sox, Gonzalez is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Manny Machado (.302, 52 Rs, 17 HRs, 46 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Chicago and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.3.
Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for third in the AL. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fifth in the league with 98 home runs. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are fourth in the AL on the road with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per away game.
The White Sox lead the season series, 3-2. The White Sox have a 30-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 10-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
The Orioles lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 17-14. The Orioles are 11-13 in close games this season.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 7-2 record. The Orioles are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 20-33 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 5-27. The White Sox have a 7-33 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Chicago has hit 58 this season. Baltimore ranks fifth with 98 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.61.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.655). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .733.
The Orioles are 23-26 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 19-29 when they allow at least one homer.