Carlos Rodon (2-1, 3.86 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (28-38) go up against Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.16 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (37-31) in the second of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox lost the last game 2-1, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 20 and will air on FSN-SW and CSN-CHI.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out three and walking one in an 11-0 loss to the Pirates. Jose Abreu (.286, 34 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his career against the White Sox, Gallardo is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.344, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Chicago is a -133 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 16-13 record and overall money line at -1,119. Chicago has averaged 2.5 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 3.5. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the White Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.1 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .534 when playing as the underdog (31-27) and an overall money line of +1,723. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game.
The Rangers are 3-1 against the White Sox this season. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Gallardo) in this game and have a 23-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Rodon. They sport a 12-12 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers won by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 11-12 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 13-9 record in close games.
The White Sox are 4-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 3-2 in such matchups.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 7-16 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 20-5. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 226 this season. Texas ranks fourth with 303 runs.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 150 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 206.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 16-17. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 27-13 record.