Chicago White Sox (1-1) at Los Angeles Angels (1-1)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 8:37 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
Dylan Cease (0-0) (0.00) vs. Shohei Ohtani (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -120 / Chicago White Sox +100 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels meet in this week’s installment of Sunday Night Baseball.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound from a 5-3 loss to the Angels on Saturday. Yermin Mercedes led the White Sox by going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Luis Robert went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out the scoring for the White Sox in the loss. Adam Eaton went 2 for 4 while Tim Anderson and Zack Collins added a base hit each added a base hit to cap off the offense for Chicago in defeat. Lance Lynn threw 4.2 shutout innings, giving up just six hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Evan Marshall took the loss in by giving up the game-deciding homer in the 8th. Dylan Cease will start this one and was 5-4 with a 4.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts last season. In his career, Cease is 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA and 10 strikeouts against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to finish the series strong after their win on Saturday. Justin Upton had a home run and two RBIs while Jared Walsh went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs of his own. David Fletcher added two hits while Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, Jose Iglesias and Kurt Suzuki each had a base hit to finish off the offense for the Angels in the win. Alex Cobb gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Junior Guerra closed things out for his first win of the season. Ohtani will start on the mound here and was 0-1 with a 37.80 ERA and 3 strikeouts last season. This is Ohtani’s first career start against the White Sox.
Chicago is 3-10 in their last 13 games overall and 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog. Los Angeles is 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL Central.
The Angels looked good on Saturday, but I’m still reluctant to back Ohtani on the mound after what we saw in a small sample size last season. Cease had his moments and ups and downs, but it’s more ups than Ohtani had last year. Give me the White Sox here.