Colby Lewis (4-3, 4.70 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (4-2, 3.84 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (26-25) and the Chicago White Sox (23-26) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on CSN-CHI+ and FSN-SW.
Lewis is 5-3 with a 4.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 54 strikeouts against the White Sox. Prince Fielder (.359, 25 Rs, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run. When pitching against the Rangers, Samardzija is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts. Jose Abreu (.282, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run.
The odds for Texas and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Rangers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. The Rangers have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the AL in offense with 4.6 runs per game. The Rangers are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 155.
The White Sox are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 8.7 hits per road game. Chicago is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.0 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The White Sox have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.0 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rangers have an 18-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Samardzija takes the mound. Lewis (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 20-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its second of the season. Texas has been shut out two times this season.
The White Sox are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-2 in such matchups.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 2-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 17-4. The Rangers have a 19-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 179 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at second with 233.
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 157.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 20-11. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have an 11-11 record.