Chicago White Sox (54-52) vs. Texas Rangers (47-59)
August 7, 2022 2:35 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +125 / Chicago White Sox -172; Over/Under: +9
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The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers meet Sunday in MLB action from Globe Life Field. This will be the finale in a four-game series over the weekend. After splitting the first two games, in the Saturday matchup the Rangers secured a blowout win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago took a close 3-2 loss in the Thursday opener of this set, then came back with a close 2-1 win of their own Friday. On Saturday, the White Sox couldn’t find much offense on two hits in an 8-0 blowout loss. Michael Kopech put up 3.1 innings in the start with four earned on five hits and two walks.
For the starter job in the Sunday finale, the White Sox will go with Lucas Giolito. Over his 19 starts so far Giolito is 7-6 with a 5.06 ERA. In 101.1 innings total he has 57 earned on 112 hits and 39 walks with 115 Ks.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they had an early lead on Friday but couldn’t hang on past the third inning. On Saturday, Texas scored three runs in the third and four more in the seventh on the way to the win. Starter Dane Dunning had 7.0 innings with one hit, one walk and six strikeouts.
Spencer Howard will take the mound for the Rangers on Sunday. Across his nine games (seven starts) this year Howard is 2-3 with a 6.82 ERA. In 34.1 innings total he has 26 earned, 42 hits, 14 walks and 29 Ks.
The White Sox are 6-0 in their last six Sunday games and 5-0 in their last five in game four of a series. The under is 6-2 in Chicago’s last eight in game four of a series.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 17-42 in their last 59 in game four of a series and 3-8 in their last 11 Sunday games. The over is 7-3 in Texas’ last 10 Sunday games.
PICK: I’m going to try the Sox here. Should be another solid matchup. Giolito had a rough start versus Cleveland back on July 22 (3.0 innings; six earned), but since then he’s gotten better with 10.0 combined innings, five earned, 11 hits and seven walks. As for Howard, he’s been hit-and-miss lately himself and is coming off a bad start versus the Orioles (4.0 innings; six earned). I like both guys to flirt with quality starts in the finale, though.