Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/14
Texas Rangers (43-68) at Chicago White Sox (54-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Colby Lewis (R) (7-8) (5.981) vs. John Danks (L) (9-6) (4.500)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -144 / Texas Rangers +134 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, CSN-CHI
The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox play game two on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Rangers have lost four straight and are 25 games below a .500 record. As usual, it’s the Rangers pitching staff that is ruining everything, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 21 of their last 21 games. Overall, the Rangers have the 29th ERA in baseball at 4.88 and have lost 21 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Elvis Andrus has an 11-game hitting streak. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 7-8 with a 5.98 ERA and has 84 strikeouts in 102.1 innings. Lewis is 4-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 10 career games against the White Sox.
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The White Sox have won seven of their last 11 games and are four games below a .500 record. Like the Rangers, it’s the pitching that continues to kill the White Sox, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. Overall, the White Sox have an ERA of 4.30 and have lost six of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has 12 RBIs in his last 10 games and Alexei Ramirez has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is John Danks, who is 9-6 with a 4.50 ERA and has 94 strikeouts in 136 innings. Danks is 2-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-0 in Lewis' last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 2-5 in Lewis' last 7 starts overall. The White Sox are 0-5 in Danks' last 5 starts as a favorite and 8-3 in Danks' last 11 starts overall. The White Sox are 4-0 in Danks' last 4 home starts vs. Rangers.
I really don't like teams that are brutal pitching wise because it usually results in a toss-up game every time. However, Danks has had his moments this year and has been hot lately. Give me the White Sox at home.