Chicago White Sox (83-62) vs. Texas Rangers (54-92)
September 18, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +185 / Chicago White Sox -263; Over/Under: +8
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The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action from Globe Life Field. This will be the second installment in a three-game series over the weekend. In the Friday game one, the White Sox put up a shutout victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The White Sox played the Angels this week, winning Tuesday but dropping the other two games to lose the series. In the Friday opener versus Texas, Chicago posted five runs in the fourth inning on the way to an 8-0 shutout victory.
For the starter gig in the Saturday game two, Chicago will send out Lance Lynn. Over his 140.2 innings this year Lynn has 106 hits, 43 runs (39 earned), 16 homers allowed, 42 walks, 161 Ks and a 2.50 ERA.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they didn’t have much luck against the Astros this week, winning just one of four games. On Friday against the Sox, Texas had eight hits but couldn’t translate that to the scoreboard. Taylor Hearn lasted 3.1 innings with seven earned on eight hits and three walks.
Starting pitcher for the Rangers on Saturday will be Spencer Howard. Over his 16 games (12 starts) this year, Howard has an 0-4 record with a 7.38 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 39.0 innings of work.
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The White Sox are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and 37-14 in their last 51 versus a team with a winning percentage less than .400. The over is 8-2-1 in Chicago’s last 11 Saturday games as well.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 36-74 in their last 110 overall. Texas is also 28-60 in their last 88 versus a right-handed starter.
PICK: I’m going to take the White Sox. Howard had a nice outing versus the Diamondbacks on September 7 but faltered in his last appearance with six earned on six hits and one walk in just 1.1 innings versus Houston. As for Lynn, he dropped seven earned versus the Cubs to close out August but came back with a clean 5.0 innings against the Red Sox in his last game. I like Lynn to pitch well here in a Chicago win.