Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (28-37) square off against Nick Martinez (5-2, 2.76 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (36-31) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox come into this series in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 19 and can be seen on FSN-SW and CSN-CHI.
Sale is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts against the Rangers. Jose Abreu (.283, 34 Rs, 12 HRs, 40 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Martinez is 0-2 with a 12.96 ERA when pitching against the White Sox. He is up against a below-average Chicago offense which is hitting just .236 this season. Prince Fielder (.344, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
This one isn't expected to be close when Chicago, a big -185 favorite, takes on Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The White Sox have an overall money line of -1,119 and a record as the favorite of 16-13. The White Sox have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.5 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.1.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 31-26 record and an overall money line of +1,823. Offensively, they average 4.6 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL.
The Rangers lead the season series, 2-1. The White Sox have a 23-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 12-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers lost by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 11-11 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 12-9 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.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rangers 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 White Sox are 20-4. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 225 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fourth with 301.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 149 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with 204.
The White Sox are 16-16 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 27-13 when they hit at least one homer.