Chicago White Sox (28-52) at Texas Rangers (36-46)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 30, 2018, 9:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -120 / Chicago White Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 10
The Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers meet in game two of their three game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington in MLB action on Saturday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after being beat down on Friday by a final score of 11-3 in the series opener. Avisail Garcia went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI while Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu each went 0 for 4 with an RBI to round out the White Sox scoring in the loss. Kevan Smith, Charlie Tilson and Adam Engel each added a base hit with Engel’s hit going for a double. Dylan Covey took the loss, falling to 3-3 this season after giving up nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits over just 2.1 innings of work. Carlos Rodon will start game two and is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Rodon is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to win the series and push for the sweep on Sunday after taking game one on Friday. Pretty much all of Texas’ damage on the scoreboard came via the home run, as Nomar Mazara and Robinson Chirinos each hit a three run bomb with Mazara going 2 for 4 with a double as well. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two run shot while Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo each hit a solo shot. Elvis Andrew and Delino DeShields each had two hits while Jurickson Profar added a double to cap off Texas’ offense in the win. Yovani Gallardo got the win to improve to 2-0 this season after giving up all three runs on four hits while striking out seven over 7.1 innings of work. Bartolo Colon will start game two and is 4-5 with a 4.72 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. In his career, Colon is 11-8 with a 3.84 ERA and 109 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 0-6 in Rodon’s last 6 road starts and 4-10 in their last 14 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the AL West. Texas is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL Central while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games overall. The over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
Backing Colon can be hard to stomach at times because there are games where he tends to pitch his age. However, Rodon has struggled on the road dating back to last season, and between the two, Texas has played much better over the last couple of weeks and is enjoying some of their best baseball of the season. Given the low line and the form of the two teams, it’s hard not to like Texas to keep things going with a win on Saturday.