Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers
The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers meet on Sunday for the rubber match of their three game series on Chicago’s South Side. The Rangers -125 favorites over the White Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Chicago White Sox aren’t in prime position to make the post season but they aren’t out of it by any means either. On Saturday Paul Konerko had two hits, Alejandro De Aza had a hit and scored a run, and Alex Rios had an RBI double that gave the White sox the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth inning. On the mound John Danks allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out five over seven innings to not factor in the decision while Jesse Crain got his eighth win of the season Sergio Santos earned his 26th save. For Sunday’s rubber match Chicago starts Gavin Floyd who is playing his best ball of the season winning four of his last five decisions. For the season Floyd has allowed 145 hits and 77 earned runs while striking out 111 in 148.2 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers have little to worry about in the American League West at this point but they still want to hit the post season with head of steam. On Saturday Ian Kinsler had three hits including two home runs, Mitch Moreland had two hits, and Josh Hamilton had a hit as Texas scored two runs off of eight hits. Alexi Ogando allowed six hits and two earned runs while striking out five over seven innings of work to not factor in the decision while Koji Uehara allowed two hits and a run to take his third loss of the year. For Sunday’s rematch Texas starts Derek Holland who has won his last five decisions. For the season Holland has allowed 164 hits and 73 earned runs while striking out 118 in 155.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 1-5 in their last six home games against a left handed starter, 2-9 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, and 5-1 in Floyd’s last six starts. Texas is 7-2 in their last nine games overall, 8-2 in their last 10 road games, and 4-1 in Holland’s last five starts. Chicago is 1-4 in Floyd’s last five starts against Texas.
This one should be more about pitching than hitting and I see it coming in under the total. Take the under 9.