Chicago White Sox (83-63) vs. Texas Rangers (54-92)
September 17, 2021 8:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +165 / Chicago White Sox -233; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The White Sox need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Rangers look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Chicago White Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The White Sox have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Tim Anderson leads the White Sox with 142 hits and 53 RBI while Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada have combined for 260 hits and 165 RBI. Dylan Cease gets the ball, and he is 11-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 202 strikeouts this season. Cease is 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Isiah Kiner-Falefa leads the Rangers with 153 hits and 48 RBI while Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia have combined for 259 hits and 149 RBI. Kolby Allard gets the ball, and he is 3-12 with a 5.00 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. Allard is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 12-2 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games. The Rangers are 6-21 in their last 27 Friday games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in White Sox last 9 overall. The over is 4-1-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The White Sox are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Chicago White Sox should be favored in this matchup, but I’m leaning more toward the over with this short line. Cease has allowed eight hits and 10 earned runs in his last 7.2 innings. Allard has allowed 12 hits and six runs in his last 13 innings. The over has cashed in 13 of the last 19 meetings between these clubs in Texas. We’re not asking much from the offenses. Give me the over.