Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction 4/18/14
Chicago White Sox (8-8) at Texas Rangers (9-7)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Felipe Paulino (R) (0-1) (7.981) vs. Martin Perez (L) (2-0) (2.700)
The Line: Texas Rangers -170 / Chicago White Sox +160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox take to the road for a weekend series with the Texas Rangers starting Friday night at 8:05PM.
The White Sox fell to .500 last night with a late game loss to the visiting Red Sox 3-1. The White Sox gave up a double and walked home a run in the top of the 9th to let the game slip away. Chicago got a strong outing on the mound from pitcher Chris Sale who allowed just 1 hit and K’d 10 batters. The outing deserved a win but the late inning loss leaves him at 3-0 for the season. Alexei Ramirez leads the White Sox offensive attack -- Ramirez is averaging .381 at the plate and leads the team with 4 home runs and 14 rbi’s. He also leads the team with 24 total hits.
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The Rangers used steady offense throughout their contest Thursday to overcome a 3rd inning outburst by Seattle to take down their third straight in a four game series away from home. The Rangers got another huge game from recently promoted Kevin Kouzmanoff who had two doubles and scored twice for the Rangers in the game. Kouzmanoff has now been batting .414 since being called up from the minors. The Rangers will send Martin Perez to the mound Friday night -- Perez is 2-0 on the season and sports a solid 2.70 ERA with 12 K’s. The Rangers hitters have been efficient and productive on the year but have yet to show much power as their leader in home runs and RBI’s is Elvis Andrus with 1 jack and Alex Rios with 7 RBIs.
Texas has been pretty solid this year and are finding their groove after a great last three days in Seattle. I like Perez to be the difference here as he has gone eight innings and six in his past two starts respectively, with the eight inning showing being a 5 hit shutout at home. I like the Rangers to win this one handedly behind their young ace and strong run support.