Nick Martinez (4-1, 2.03 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (27-25) go up against Chris Sale (4-2, 3.66 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (23-27) in the second of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 15-2 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 3 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-SW.
In his last start, Martinez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox. Mitch Moreland (.297, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Sale is 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 10 walks. Jose Abreu (.282, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Texas, a +124 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 24-22 record and overall money line at +969. They are 7-2 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Texas has averaged 6.7 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.6. The Rangers come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Rangers are a dangerous hitting team with 160 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Across the field, the White Sox have a record of 12-10 when they are favored and are -470 overall with the money line. One of the top road hitting teams in the AL are the White Sox, who average 8.7 hits in games away from home. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Chicago batters, who rank fourth in the AL with 6.9 strikeouts per road game. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.0 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the White Sox. This game will feature Sale (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have an 8-10 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Martinez will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 20-21 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers won by a margin of 13 runs. The White Sox are 0-3 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Rangers have a 2-1 record in blowouts.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Rangers are 2-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 10-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 17-3. The Rangers have a 20-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 181 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at second with 248.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 113 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 161.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 21-11. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have an 11-12 record.