Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 6/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (36-31) at Chicago White Sox (28-37)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
N Martinez (5-2) (2.76) vs. C Sale (6-3) (3.01)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -185 / Texas Rangers +175 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Southwest
The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers face off on Friday at US Cellular Field in game one of their MLB series.
The Chicago White Sox are slumping badly and are in last place in the American League Central. Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 games, 16-14 at home, and they are 11 games behind the Royals in the AL Central. As a team the White Sox are hitting .237 with Jose Abreu hitting .283, Avisail Garcia hitting .274, and Melky Cabrera hitting .245. The White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.23 with the starters at 4.38 and the bullpen at 3.91. For game one against the Rangers the White Sox start Chris Sale who has allowed 61 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 105 over 80.2 innings for a 6-3 record and a 3.01 ERA.
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The Texas Rangers have been one of the bigger upside surprises as they continue to stay close to the lead in the American League West. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 21-15 on the road, and they are 3.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .252 with Prince Fielder hitting .344, Adrian Beltre hitting .257, and Leonys Martin hitting .243. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 with the starters at 3.65 and the bullpen at 4.45. For game one against the White Sox the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has allowed 79 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 61 over 80.1 innings for a 6-3 record and a 4.37 ERA.
Chicago is 4-1 in Friday games, 4-1 against the AL West, and 6-2 in Sale’s last eight starts. Texas is 5-0 in game one of a series, 4-1 against a left-handed starter, and 4-1 in Lewis’ last five starts in game one of a series. Texas is 4-1 in their last five games against Chicago.
The White Sox have been awful but Sale has been the anchor and look for more of the same here as the White Sox win game one.