Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (6-9) at Chicago White Sox (10-5)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Jered Weaver (1-0) (4.36) vs. J Danks (0-2) (7.94)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -124 / Los Angeles Angels +114 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSW
Early on Thursday afternoon, the MLB is bringing us another installment of the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox from US Cellular Field.
This will be the final meeting of the four-game set. In the opener on Monday, the Angels pummeled Chicago 7-0. In Tuesday’s game two, the White Sox got some revenge with a 5-0 shutout of their own. On Wednesday, we had a very tight game as the Sox held off L.A. with a 2-1 victory.
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For Thursday’s finale, the Angels will be wheeling out right-hander Jered Weaver. Thus far on the year, Weaver owns a 4.35 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP across two starts and 10.1 innings. Weaver’s most recent outing lasted just 4.1 innings on Saturday, when he allowed four runs on eight hits.
The high-powered Angels offense hasn’t quite gotten off to the start they envisioned. Kole Calhoun has played well, however, with 17 hits, seven runs and six RBI. Yunel Escobar is also hitting well, with seven runs and 17 hits. Escobar went 0-for-4 on Wednesday. Big-swinging vet Albert Pujols has 10 RBI but a pretty horrid .158 BA after coming up empty in game three.
As for the White Sox, lefty John Danks will be getting the call on Thursday. It’s been something of a rough road for Danks across two starts so far, as he’s posted a 7.94 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP across 11.1 innings for an 0-2 record. Danks gave up five runs in 6.1 frames in his last start against the Rays Saturday.
As for the Chicago hitters, they’ve come out strong and surprised many. Adam Eaton leads the way on 18 hits with four runs, and Melky Cabrera isn’t far behind with 16 hits and five RBI. Cabrera whiffed on Wednesday, however. Todd Frazier’s BA is very ugly (.186) but he does have three homers and seven RBI.
The Angels are just 1-4 in their last five game fours of a series, but are 17-8 in Weaver’s last 25 starts against the American League Central. On the Chicago side, they’re 0-4 in Danks’ last four starts during game four of a series, and 0-4 in Danks’ last four Thursday starts.
Neither Weaver nor Danks instills much confidence here, but I think Los Angeles will be able to pull out the victory. The over is probably a sensible play as well.