Chicago White Sox (45-73 SU, 57-56-5 O/U) v. Texas Rangers (60-60 SU, 53-64-3 O/U) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 8:05 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Derek Holland (L) 6-12, 5.68 ERA, 1.64 WHIP (CWS) v. Martin Perez (L) 7-10, 5.08 ERA, 1.56 WHIP (TEX)
Money Line: Chicago White Sox +179 | Texas Rangers -200
The Texas Rangers will play host to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. The Rangers have had a pretty decent season. They’re currently .500 in 2017. The Rangers are only 1.5 games back in the American League Wild Card race. The White Sox, on the other hand, have had a disastrous season. They’re 20.5 games behind in the AL Central. The South Siders have no shot at a playoff spot, but they’ll try to play spoiler in this one. Will the Rangers find a way to close-in on a Wild Card spot with a win on Saturday?
White Sox finally getting a win
The Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday. The Sox finished the game with nine hits. Nicky Delmonico led the way for the South Siders with two homers, including an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning. Delmonico was called up in the beginning of August, and he has been fantastic at the plate. The young third baseman is hitting .382 this season.
Derek Holland gets the start for the White Sox in Saturday’s matchup with the Rangers. Holland has really struggled to pick up wins this season. He had a disastrous start in his last outing against the Kansas City Royals. The veteran southpaw gave up 7 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs in just 2 innings of action in the loss to the Royals. Holland will look to get back to winning as he takes on the Rangers in this one.
Rangers fall in game two
The Texas Rangers came up short in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak. The Rangers only had 6 hits in Friday’s game, and they couldn’t find a way to put enough runs up on the board. It was an unusually bad game for the Texas lineup. The Rangers have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the majors. They’ve scored 606 runs this season, which is the sixth-most in Major League Baseball.
Martin Perez will get the nod in Saturday’s showdown with the South Siders. Perez has had a pretty lackluster season thus far. The young southpaw has won his last two starts. Most recently, Perez beat the Detroit Tigers. He allowed just 6 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs in six innings against the Tigers. Perez will look to win his third consecutive game as he takes on the White Sox on Friday.
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- 1-7 in their last 8 games after losing the first 2 games of a series.
- 0-6 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games.
- 3-13 in Holland’s last 16 starts on grass.
- 0-5 in Holland’s last 5 road starts.
The Texas Rangers are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League Central.
- 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- 9-1 in their last 10 Saturday games.
- 6-1 in Perez’s last 7 Saturday starts.
The Rangers are playing for a chance at the postseason, and they’ve been playing great recently. The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games. Meanwhile, the Chicago White Sox have looked like the worst team in baseball. The White Sox are just 1-4 in their last 5 visits to Globe Life Park. I like the Texas Rangers to win this one easily in Arlington.