Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (78-79 SU, 77-80 RL, 66-81-10 O/U) vs. Chicago White Sox (64-93 SU, 84-73 RL, 74-77-6 O/U)
MLB: Thursday, September 28, 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:10 pm ET
Lines: Anaheim -115, Chicago +105; Over/Under: 10.5
It’s the conclusion of a series between teams with hopes of a better year next season in the Windy City. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play the last game of a four game series on the road against the Chicago White Sox Thursday night. Chicago won the opening game of the series, taking a 4-2 triumph Monday night. Anaheim squared the series with a 9-3 victory in the second game of the set Tuesday. The pitching matchup for Wednesday night’s third game of the set saw Garrett Richards take the hill for the Angels against the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez. First pitch in that contest was set for 8:10 pm ET.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Have Issues to Address
Anaheim managed to get back in the win column Tuesday night but it proved to be too little, too late. The Angels entered Wednesday five games behind the Twins with five to play: it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a loss or a Twins win eliminates them from playoff contention. Martin Maldonado (run), Brandon Phillips (run, two RBI) and Albert Pujols (run, two RBI) each had two hits for the Angels in the win. That was more than enough offense for Parker Bridwell (9-3) to get the win: he allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout over 6.2 innings of work.
Andrew Heaney hopes to take the ball for his sixth start of the year for the Angels. He has been out with shoulder inflammation the last couple of weeks. Heaney is 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA, a 1.662 WHIP, nine walks and 27 strikeouts over 21.2 innings of work but he’s given up 12 homers in that short span. He took the loss in his last start, which came back on September 9 against the Mariners on the road. Heaney allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 2.1 innings in an 8-1 Angels loss. He is 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA, a 1.80 WHIP, nine walks and 18 strikeouts over 11.2 innings in his last three starts. This is Heaney’s third career start against the White Sox: he has no record with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.114 WHIP over 11.2 innings of work. He recorded a no-decision in his lone career start at Guaranteed Rate Field, which came on August 12, 2015. Heaney threw 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in an eventual 3-2, 13 inning, Angels loss.
Chicago White Sox Looking to Close Series With Win
Chicago was overpowered in the second game of the series as they gave up three homers in the second inning en route to the loss. The White Sox finished the game with six hits with Jose Abreu (two runs, two RBI) accounting for three of them. Abreu hit his 32nd and 33rd homers of the season, both solo shots, and added his 42nd double of the year. Kevan Smith knocked in the other run for the White Sox in a losing effort. Chris Volstad (1-1) took the loss on the mound in his first major league start since 2012 as he allowed six runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts over five innings.
Dylan Covey makes his 18th appearance and 12th start of his rookie season for the White Sox in this contest. He is 0-7 with a 7.83 ERA, a 1.725 WHIP, 32 walks and 36 strikeouts while allowing 19 homers over 64.1 innings of work this season. In his last start, which came against the Royals at home on Saturday, Covey took the loss. He allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings of work in an 8-2 White Sox loss. Covey is 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, nine walks and seven strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. This marks his first career appearance against the Angels. Covey makes his eighth career appearance and fourth start at Guaranteed Rate Field: he has no a 0-1 record with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.348 WHIP over 23 innings of work.
- Angels are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series
- Angels are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. American League Central
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 home games
The pitching matchup here is one that leaves plenty to be desired. Covey is winless in his big league career though he turned in a quality start against the Royals his last time out. The rookie has to prove he can consistently throw strikes at the big league level, which is something that’s eluded him so far. Anaheim could well be out of the playoff picture by the time this contest takes place. The Angels melted down when it mattered most: look for the White Sox to come up with a win in this contest.