Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (23-11) at Texas Rangers (19-15)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
M Latos (5-0) (2.62) vs. C Hamels (4-0) (2.68)
The Line: Texas Rangers -125 / Chicago White Sox +115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSSW
Coming up Wednesday afternoon in MLB action from Globe Life Park, the Chicago White Sox will be taking on the Texas Rangers.
This will be the final matchup of the three-game set this week. In Monday’s opener, the White Sox swung big in an 8-4 victory. Tuesday’s game was delayed by weather, but the Rangers are certainly glad they got to play. Texas scored a whopping seven runs in an electric eighth inning, coming back to win 13-11 and even the series.
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The White Sox will be giving right-hander Mat Latos the start on Wednesday. Latos has been pretty darn good with that Chicago offense behind him, tallying a 2.62 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a 5-0 record in six starts and 34.1 total innings. During Latos’ last outing, he allowed four runs in five innings against the Twins, but still got the win in a shaky performance.
The Chicago hitters have been pretty solid overall, and have won a lot of games with their bats already. Adam Eaton is playing well with 39 hits and 17 runs, while Melky Cabrera has produced 38 hits and 17 runs. Todd Frazier is the power source with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. Frazier bagged three RBI in Tuesday’s game alone.
Over on the Rangers’ side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Cole Hamels in the starting role Wednesday. Hamels owns a 4-0 record over six starts and 37 innings, accumulating a 2.68 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. On Friday when he last took the mound, Hamels was great in seven innings of one-hit work, striking out nine.
The Texas batting order has been pretty productive this season as well. Rougned Odor leads the way on 42 hits with 25 runs, seven homers and 21 RBI. Adrian Beltre has 36 hits with 24 RBI, and Ian Desmond has slapped nine doubles with 25 runs. Desmond came up huge on Tuesday with a 2-for-5 line that featured three RBI, a homer and a triple.
The White Sox are 5-1 in their last six game threes of a series, and 6-0 in Latos’ last six starts.
As for the Rangers, they’re 9-1 in Hamels’ last 10 home starts, and 16-2 in Hamels’ last 18 starts overall.
This is a tough matchup to call, as both the hitters and pitchers on each side are capable of great things. I’ll give the edge to the Rangers, though, as Latos has been a little sketchy in his last couple of starts.