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#971 Los Angeles
Angels -140
#972 Chicago
White Sox 9

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:10pm

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Game Stats

Los Angeles Angels
A. HEANEY

70 - 72

8
W's
9
L's
4.22
ERA
1.19
WHIP

Chicago White Sox
R. LOPEZ

56 - 86

5
W's
9
L's
4.37
ERA
1.33
WHIP

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Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

When and Where: Sunday, Sept. 9, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 2:10 p.m. EDT.

A pair of pitchers looking to shake off inconsistencies meet in Chicago on Sunday when Reynaldo Lopez and the White Sox wrap up a three-game series against Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels.

Heaney looks to get back to .500 for Halos

Heaney (8-9, 4.16 ERA) has alternated between losses and wins in his last three starts and looks to get back on track in this series finale.

The left-hander was hurt by a pair of solo homers and allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings of a 4-2 defeat at Texas on Tuesday. The loss dropped him to 1-6 with a 5.02 ERA on the road this year and has yielded four or more runs in six of his last 11 starts outside Angel Stadium.

Heaney — the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award — also has a 5.79 ERA in his last four road starts, giving up 15 runs and 30 hits in 23 1-3 innings while opposing hitters are batting .309 in that span.

Heaney, who has not lost back-to-back starts on the season, is facing the White Sox for the first time since 2015. He did not get a decision in either of his two starts made five days apart, giving up three runs and 11 hits in 11 2-3 innings.

No one on the White Sox has more than five at-bats against the lefty, with Avasail Garcia going 2 for 5 with a double.

Lopez hopes ChiSox provide him some runs

Lopez (5-9, 4.37 ERA) makes his second bid for a career-high sixth win on the season, but he would have gotten there already had the White Sox provided him with any sort of consistent run support.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.76 ERA in his last seven starts, pitching at least seven innings in four of them, but Chicago has backed him with just 12 runs in those games. It was a similar story for him against Detroit on Monday when he allowed a solo homer and three other hits in seven innings, leaving without a decision in an eventual 4-2 walk-off win.

Lopez has been highly erratic in going winless in his last six starts at home. He has given up two runs or fewer in three of them but five runs or more in the other three. The righty is 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 13 overall starts on the South Side of Chicago.

He did not get a decision in his lone career start versus the Angels last year, yielding four runs and five hits in six innings before Chicago emerged with a 6-4 victory in 10 innings. Kole Calhoun homered in that game for Los Angeles, and Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 3.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Lopez has been doing his part in keeping the White Sox in most games, and while his home form has been spotty, it has been better than Heaney’s season-long struggles on the road.

Prediction: Pick: White Sox +125

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

With the over solidly trending when Lopez starts, coupled with Heaney’s inconsistency on the road, the over is a strong play here.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 8.5 runs

Full-Game Prop Bet
Rating:

Despite their current four-game losing streak in which they have been outscored 35-10, this is a stubborn belief Lopez is going to get the job done and at worst keep the White Sox in this contest as they bid to avoid a three-game sweep.

Prediction: Pick: White Sox +2.5 Adjusted Run Line (-215)

First Five Innings Side Pick
Rating:

Heaney has given up four or more runs in five of his last seven starts and also has yielded four home runs in his last three. Lopez’s recent form has been better — he has given up two or fewer runs in his last three outings — and he has been strong at home.

Prediction: Pick: White Sox +125

First Five Innings Total Bet
Rating:

The teams have scored at least six runs over the first five innings in the first two games of this series, and there is little reason to believe that trend will stop in the finale of this three-game set. The combined runs in the first five innings has gone over 4.5 runs in four of Heaney’s last six starts.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 4.5 runs (-125)

First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Rating:

Staying bullish on Lopez and the White Sox with this pick as they have led after five innings in three of the right-hander’s last four starts.

Prediction: Pick: White Sox 3-way winner through 5 inning (+155)

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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