Chicago White Sox (45-71 SU, 55-56-5 O/U) v. Texas Rangers (58-60 SU, 51-64-3 O/U) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 8:05 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Reynaldo Lopez (R) 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP (CWS) v. Tyson Ross (R) 3-2, 7.11 ERA, 1.55 WHIP (TEX)
Money Line: Chicago White Sox +143 | Texas Rangers -153
The Texas Rangers are hosting the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night in this American League showdown. Neither of these clubs has been very good this season. The Rangers are 14.5 games behind the division-leading Houston Astros. They’re only 2.5 games back in the Wild Card race. The White Sox, on the other hand, have no chance at the playoffs. The South Siders are the last place team in the American League. They’re 14.5 games back in the Wild Card race. Will the Rangers inch closer to a Wild Card spot with a win on Thursday?
White Sox continue to stumble
The Chicago White Sox lost their third straight game on Tuesday, falling 6-1 to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The White Sox really struggled at the plate in the loss. Chicago’s lineup finished the game with just 6 hits. The South Siders have been atrocious offensively in 2017. They’ve only scored 500 runs this season, which is the fifth-fewest in Major League Baseball.
Reynaldo Lopez will get the start for the Sox on Thursday night in Arlington. Lopez was recently recalled from the minor leagues, and the White Sox are hoping that he can help them pick up some wins in the second half of the season. He had a nice outing in his most recent start against the Kansas City Royals. Lopez only allowed 4 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings in a no-decision against the Royals. He also fanned 6 batters in that outing. He’ll look to get his first win of the season as he takes on the Rangers in this one.
Rangers try to close the gap
The Texas Rangers are still within range of a playoff spot in the American League. They won their second consecutive game on Tuesday, beating the Detroit Tigers 10-4. The Texas lineup had a terrific night in that victory. They finished the win with 11 hits, and the Rangers scored 4 runs in the eighth inning. The Rangers have been one of the best offenses in all of baseball. They’ve scored 585 runs this season, which is tied for the sixth most in the majors.
Tyson Ross gets the nod for the Rangers in this matchup with the White Sox. Ross picked up a win in his last outing against the Houston Astros. The right-hander had a pretty impressive start, giving up just 4 hits and 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings of action. Ross had some issues with control in the win over the Astros, allowing 5 walks in his time on the mound. The Rangers are hoping that he can keep the bases cleared in Thursday night’s game.
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 6-15 in their last 21 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 7-19 in their last 26 vs. a team with a losing record.
- 6-22 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
The Texas Rangers are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
- 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games.
The White Sox have been one of the worst teams in all of baseball, and they’ve been losing games at an alarming rate. The Sox have only won one of their last 10 road games. Meanwhile, the Rangers have really turned it up recently. They’ve won five of their last six games. Tyson Ross hasn’t lost a game at home in nearly two months, and I think he’ll easily handle Chicago’s struggling lineup. I like the Rangers to win this one at home.