Texas Rangers (16-27) vs Chicago White Sox (10-28)Date : 05/18/2018
Time : 8:10 PM
Location : Guranteed Rate Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Rangers vs Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are set to return back to Guaranteed Rate Field for game 2 of a 4 game home series as they will take on American League opponent in the Texas Rangers, first pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET. After this series, these two teams will meet again on 6/29 when the White Sox travel down to Texas for a 3 game series.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
Dropped In Extras
The Texas Rangers reside in arguably one of the best divisions in baseball as they have the defending champions, a really good Angels team, and an underrated Mariners ballclub which accounts for almost half of the Rangers schedule as they will play over 57 games this season. The Rangers are nowhere near competing even when healthy as this ballclub just simply doesn’t have the talent especially in the pitching end of things. We saw another example of poor starting pitching in a 5/15 matchup against the Seattle Mariners when former 1st round pick Mike Minor took the mound for the Rangers. Minor has not been very good this season as he has a 5.61 ERA in 8 starts, and this matchup was a prime example of why it is so high as the lefty gave up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in only 3.1 innings of work. The bullpen was able to hold their own for the most part especially 34-year-old Tony Barnette as the righty was able to give the Rangers 2 innings of hitless baseball with 3 strikeouts. The Rangers had a solid game offensively as they were able to score 8 runs on 12 hits and their leader on offense in Joey Gallo had yet another solid game. Joey Gallo was able to go 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and the former 1st round pick was able to connect with a ball in the top of the 6th inning to give him an MLB-high 13th HR. The combination of Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara could be a deadly force moving forward as both guys are under the age of 24 and the duo has combined for 23 HRs and 53 RBIs through the first 42 games.
Chicago White Sox's Latest Performance :
Lopez Roughed Up
The Chicago White Sox look nothing like their 2005 selves which happen to be the last good season for this struggling franchise as the White Sox won their 3rd World Series in a 99-63 season under Ozzie Guillen. Since the 2005 season, the Sox have only made the playoffs in 1 season and nothing looks like their drought will end as Chicago has the worst record in the MLB. The White Sox continued their bad season in a 5/15 matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates as Chicago dropped its 8th game in as many as their last 10 outings, 7-0. The White Sox started their youngster Reynaldo Lopez who had a pretty good start to the season as he had a 1.78 ERA through his 5 starts, but Lopez has not been as solid as of recent as he has given up 12 runs in his last 3 starts. Lopez got roughed up against the Pirates as the 24-year-old gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits in only 2 innings of work which gave him his 3rd loss of the season. One positive for the White Sox is that their bullpen was effective in the final 6 innings as the combination of Chris Beck, Aaron Bummer, and Chris Volstad gave up only 3 hits while striking out 8 guys in the process. The White Sox were shut down once again on the offensive end as they were unable to bring any runs across which helped lower them down to the 29th ranked team in runs scored. One of the guys who has continuously struggled from the batter’s box for the White Sox is 3rd-year SS Tim Anderson who is only batting .130 in his last 7 games.
How Texas Rangers & Chicago White Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas is 16-27, 9-11 on the road.
Chicago is 10-28, 3-15 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Doug Fister (1-4, 4.06 ERA) for the Texas Rangers vs. Carson Fulmer (2-3, 6.23 ERA) for the Chicago White Sox.
Fister last started on 5/12 against the Astros where he went 6.1 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits in a L.
Fulmer last started on 5/11 against the Cubs where he went 1.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 3 hits in a L.
Texas and Chicago both rank in the bottom 10 in runs scored.
Chicago and Texas both rank in the bottom 5 in team ERA.
Against The Spread Selection: Texas Rangers
My reason for the pick :
Both these teams aren’t playing for much this season as the Texas Rangers are injured and the Chicago White Sox are in the midst of a rebuild but one thing that the Texas Rangers have the advantage over the Chicago White Sox with is their starting pitcher. Fister has not been amazing this season hence his 1-4 record but its not like he is getting absolutely wrecked as he is on the border of getting himself under a 4.00 ERA and this is a great chance for him as he is going against arguably the worst offense in baseball. The Rangers have a lot more proven talent on their team despite the injuries as Joey Gallo has been on a tear this season and this might be the ideal game to extend his hot start to the season to another level as Fulmer has been known for giving up the long ball. The White Sox have also only won 3 of their 18 games at home so how can I trust this team? I can’t.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Texas is 12-17 against right-handed pitchers this season.
- The over is 20-14-3 with no rest this season.
Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:
- Chicago is 4-19 against teams outside the AL Central this season.
- The over is 10-4-1 as the home underdog this season.