Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers
The Chicago White Sox hope to continue their improved play as they host the Texas Rangers. The White Sox are -130 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under total of 8.5 runs.
The Chicago White Sox are still looking to recover from their horrendous first month of the season and the jury is still out as the whether or not they will recover this season at all. The White Sox are nine games back in the American League Central, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and just 5-11 at home this season. As a team Chicago is hitting .248 with Paul Konerko hitting .327, Alexei Ramirez hitting .268, and Carlos Quentin hitting .259. The White Sox pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.11 with the starters at 4.08 and the bullpen at 4.18. For game one against the Rangers Chicago starts Edwin Jackson who broke a personal four game losing streak with a win in his last start. For the season Jackson has allowed 54 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 39 in 50.1 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers are back to within a half of a game of the lead in the American League West and with Josh Hamilton due back later this week they have a lot to be hopeful about. The Rangers are just 6-10 on the road this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have outscored their opponents by 15 runs this season. As a team Texas is hitting .260 with Michael Young hitting .342, Mitch Moreland hitting .289, and Elvis Andrus at .274. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.91 with the starters at 3.79 and the bullpen at 4.18. For game one in the Chicago, Texas starts Colby Lewis who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Lewis has allowed 43 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 31 in 45.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight games, 5-2 in their last seven games against a right handed starter, and 4-1 in Jackson’s last five home starts. Texas is 1-4 in their last five road games, 1-5 in their last six against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Lewis’ last five starts against a team with a losing record.
The White Sox look to have turned a corner and while the jury is still out, it’s time for them to start winning at home. I’ll take the White Sox minus the 130 here.
Chicago White Sox -130 Texas Rangers