Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 0.90 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (37-32) as they go up against Jose Quintana (3-7, 4.03 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (29-38) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 21 and will air on FSN-SW and WGN.
In his most recent outing, Quintana pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates. Jose Abreu (.286, 35 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Gonzalez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching, going 8.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. Mitch Moreland (.303, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago, a -123 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 16-14 record and overall money line at -1,307. Chicago has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Chicago has only averaged 2.3 runs per game compared to the 3.4 they've averaged on the season. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the White Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.3 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .542 when playing as the underdog (32-27) and an overall money line of +1,901. The Rangers rank fifth in the AL in scoring, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 3.89.
The Rangers are 3-2 against the White Sox this season. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Gonzalez) in this game and have a 23-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Quintana. They sport a 13-12 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rangers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 12-12. The Rangers are 13-10 in close games this season.
Texas has won 46% (13-15) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 48% (12-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 6-9 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 6-30. The Rangers have an 8-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Chicago has hit 47 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 69 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.97 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.44.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.635). Texas ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .709.
The Rangers are 19-25 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 14-26 when they allow at least one homer.