Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 4/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (9-6) at Chicago White Sox (10-5)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
M Perez (0-1) (3.44) vs. J Quintana (1-1) (2.55)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -140 / Texas Rangers +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSCh
Coming our way Friday evening at U.S. Cellular Field, we’ve got game one of a great-looking weekend series between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox.
The Rangers just finished up a three-game series with the Astros this week. Texas won the first two games by a combined three runs, and in Thursday’s finale, the Rangers fended off a minor Houston rally to win 7-4 and sweep the series.
As for Chicago, they played four games with the Angels this week, book-ending two losses around a pair of wins to split the series.
For Friday’s opener against the Sox, Texas will be bringing out left-hander Martin Perez. Over three starts in 2016, Perez has a 3.44 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and nine strikeouts in 18.1 innings of work. Last Friday, Perez allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for a no-decision in his most recent outing against the Orioles.
The Rangers batting order is stacked with talent and overall has played pretty well this season. Adrian Beltre has 20 hits with 12 RBI and eight runs, while DeLino DeShields has 15 hits with 11 runs. DeShields went 0-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday’s game. Prince Fielder is another notable name and has contributed 14 RBI but his BA sits at an ugly .183. Fielder went 1-for-4 in the Astros finale.
The White Sox will be giving the start to left-hander Jose Quintana in Friday’s game. Quintana has three starts to his credit this year, with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP with 18 Ks over 17.2 innings. Back on Sunday in his most recent outing, Quintana gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings.
Chicago has found some early success with their hitters, but there have been a few bumps along the way. Adam Eaton leads the team in hits with 18, but has just one RBI. Todd Frasier has four homers and eight RBI, but is hitting just .206 on the season. Jose Abreu is in much the same boat, with his three homers, six RBI and tepid .190 batting average.
The Rangers are just 1-4 in Perez’s last five Friday starts, and 0-6 in Perez’s last six starts overall.
As for the White Sox, they’re 5-1 in Quintana’s last six starts against the American League West, but just 1-4 in Quintana’s last five home starts against a team with a winning record.
This one seems like a pretty tough call. I like Quintana in the pitching matchup, but I’m not sure he’ll get much run support. I’m going to take Chicago in a pretty low-scoring matchup.
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