John Danks (3-8, 5.38 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3, 3.09 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (34-42) and the Baltimore Orioles (42-37) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 3 and can be seen on MASN2 and CSN-CHI.
Danks is 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in his appearances against the Orioles, and goes up against a quality Baltimore offense which is batting .259 this season. Avisail Garcia (.273, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one stolen base. Against the White Sox, Jimenez is 3-3 with a 4.48 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts. Manny Machado (.302, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 44 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Baltimore takes on Chicago as a -137 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have recorded an overall money line of -1,043 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 14-27. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.3.
Over in the other dugout, Baltimore is coming in with an overall money line of +525 and an impressive record of 26-16 as the favorite. Offensively, they average 4.6 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 97 home runs. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are fifth in the AL on the road with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per away game.
The Orioles lead the season series, 2-1. The White Sox have a 29-32 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Jimenez takes the mound. Danks (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 10-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
For the eighth time this season, the Orioles registered at least two errors in a game.
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.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The White Sox have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 31-8. The White Sox have a 25-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Chicago is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 266 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fifth with 359.
Chicago and Baltimore both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 29th with 174 this season and Baltimore ranks 23rd with 196.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 20-20. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 35-17 record.