Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.88 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.45 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (27-26) and the Chicago White Sox (24-27) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The White Sox won the last game 9-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and FSN-SW.
Gallardo pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one, striking out five and walking three in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox. Prince Fielder (.355, 26 Rs, 10 HRs, 39 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Rodon went 6.1 innings, surrendering one and striking out four in a 6-3 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Jose Abreu (.286, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Texas is a -128 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +1,069 and a record as the favorite of 3-3. Texas is unbeaten as the favorite and has an 8-2 SU record in its last ten outings. The Rangers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.8 runs per game. The Rangers have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in offense with 4.8 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 8.7 per game.
In the other locker room, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -573 and a disappointing record of 11-17 as the underdog. The White Sox are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 8.6 hits per road game. Chicago is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 6.9 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The White Sox have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.9 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rangers have an 8-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodon takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 20-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
Texas has won 46% (12-14) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 56% (10-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-22. The Rangers have a 5-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Chicago has hit 35 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 59 home runs.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.38 per game. Texas ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.69.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.658). Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .731.
The White Sox are 13-21 when they allow at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 13-22 record.