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#925 Los Angeles
Angels -120
#926 Chicago
White Sox 9

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7:10pm

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Los Angeles Angels

69 - 72


Chicago White Sox

56 - 85


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Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

When and Where: Saturday, Sept. 8, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 7:10 p.m. EDT.

Matt Shoemaker looks to continue building his foundation for 2019 as the  Angels starter makes his second start after being sidelined more than five months Friday night when Los Angeles continues its series against the Chicago White Sox.

Shoemaker continues to build foundation for 2019 for Angels

Shoemaker (1-0, 2.53 ERA) makes his second start for the Angels since after missing nearly the entire season with a strained forearm.

The right-hander made one start in April before being put on the disabled list April 3. Shoemaker needed a second surgery to decompress a nerve in his right forearm, and he has worked his way back into game shape after undergoing the procedure in May.

Shoemaker made an excellent start in his return, giving up two hits and one walk in five shutout innings Monday at Texas. He did not get a decision in Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory, but the 62-pitch effort was definitely something to build on.

“Matty looked like he didn’t skip a beat from what we saw when he was pitching well throughout his career,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the club’s official website. “The stamina is not quite there, but he maintained his stuff, maintained his velocity. He was pitch efficient, effective and that’s a great five innings against at a team that, obviously, if you’re missing spots, they’re going to let you know.”

Shoemaker has gone 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA in five lifetime starts against Chicago, winning the last two. His last appearance versus the White Sox came last season when he gave up four runs and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings of a 12-8 victory.

Jose Abreu has gone 5 for 16 with two homers and two doubles against the righty, while Avasail Garcia also has taken Shoemaker deep twice while going 3 for 9.

Shields tries to help ChiSox get over blow of losing Kopech

James Shields (6-15, 4.39 ERA) is looking to avoid losing 16 games for the second time in three seasons, but the veteran is also trying to help the White Sox deal with the blow of losing top pitching prospect Michael Kopech to Tommy John surgery that will sideline him until the 2020 season.

Shields has won two of his last three decisions and turned in one of his best efforts of the year Sunday, scattering four hits and two walks over six innings of an 8-0 romp over Boston.

The right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his last five starts and also has given up just one home run in his last two. Shields has served up 27 gopher balls — tied for fifth-most in the majors through games played Thursday — in 182 1-3 innings.

One of Shields’ 15 losses came against the Angels, who tagged him for six runs and seven hits — three of them home runs — in an 11-3 rout at Los Angeles on July 25. He is 7-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 career starts versus the Angels, losing two of his last three decisions against them in the past three seasons.

Mike Trout has tormented Shields, going 5 for 13 with three homers, a triple and a double in their matchups. Albert Pujols is also 5 for 13 with a homer, while Shohei Ohtani also took Shields deep while going 1 for 2 in July.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Angels will undoubtedly be cautious with Shoemaker, with the likely outcome being a pitch count near 80 for this game to help him build arm strength. Having Thursday off will do the bullpen good, and Scioscia should have plenty of relievers to follow Shoemaker with the expanded rosters.

Prediction: Pick: Angels -133

Full-Game Total Pick

This pick is more contingent on Shields, but he has been solid in his last two starts while keeping the ball in the park. He also has yielded just 10 homers in 109 innings at home, which means the White Sox may able to keep this a relatively low-scoring game.

Prediction: Pick: UNDER 9 runs (-125)

Full-Game Prop Bet

Chicago’s offense has slowed of late, totaling seven runs and 21 hits during a three-game losing streak while failing to score more than three runs in any contest after Friday night’s 5-2 defeat. Shoemaker should be able to extend those struggles while pitching slightly deeper into this game than he did versus Texas.

Prediction: Pick: White Sox UNDER 4 runs (-130)

First Five Innings Side Pick

This is hedging Shoemaker is able to build on his last start and Ohtani continues to pound the ball as he looks to homer for the fourth straight game for the Angels and extend his hitting streak to six games.

Prediction: Pick: Angels -0.5 runs (Even)

First Five Innings Total Bet

This is a somewhat risky pick given Shields’ tendency to serve up the long ball, but this is also a pick being confident in Shoemaker delivering another solid outing and keeping the game low-scoring through five innings.

Prediction: Pick: UNDER 4.5 (-110)

First Five Innings Prop Prediction

While Shields has a 4.97 ERA in the first inning, he has not given up a run in the opening frame in his last seven starts at home. In his loss to the Angels earlier this season, Shields struck out the side around a home run by Trout.

Prediction: Pick: NO to 1st-inning run (-120)

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.


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