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Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox - 6/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Friday June 21, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Texas Rangers -145 / Chicago White Sox +125
TV Channel
FS-Southwest
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The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Friday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after settling for a split with the Chicago Cubs, dropping the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 7-3. Leury Garcia and James McCann each had a solo home run while Yoan Moncada went 2 for 4 with a triple, a double and an RBI to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the loss. Yolmer Sanchez went 3 for 4 with a triple while Tim Anderson added a double and Ryan Cordell chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort. Lucas Giolito took the loss, falling to 10-2 on the year after allowing six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out nine over 4.1 innings of work. Reynaldo Lopez will start game one and is 4-7 with a 6.31 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to keep their momentum going after a series split with Cleveland, taking the series finale on Thursday by a final score of 4-2. Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 with a home run, a triple and two RBIs while Danny Santana went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double of his own. Delino DeShields went 2 for 3 with a double while Willie Calhoun and Ronald Guzman each had a two-bagger as well in the victory. Mike Minor got the win to improve to 7-4 on the year after allowing just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out four over eight innings of work. Shawn Kelley closed out the 9th for his 9th save of the season. Ariel Jurado will start game one and is 4-3 with a 4.23 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s second career start against the White Sox.

Chicago is 1-6 in Lopez’s last 7 road starts and 3-9 in their last 12 games against the AL West while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Texas is 16-7 in their last 23 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games against the AL Central while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record.

Jurado is coming off of his worst start of the season in which he allowed seven runs in just three innings of work. However, Jurado had has a solid run before that, winning three straight starts. The White Sox have found some wins lately, but Lopez has put himself in a lot of hard spots, giving up five runs or more in four of his last five starts. Given how Texas has stepped it up lately in terms of putting runs on the board, especially at home, I think the price is good enough to warrant a play on Texas here.

Pick:
Texas Rangers -145

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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