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Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Predictions, Preview, and Odds – 8-22-2019
On Thursday night, the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox will do battle in this AL West vs. AL Central division matchup. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET, with Ariel Jurado on the mound for Texas and Ross Detwiler going for Chicago.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on FSSW for Texas and NSCH for Chicago.
Rangers Looking To Win A 4-Game Series
The Texas Rangers still have a lot to play for in this 2019 season. They are only a few games under .500 and tied with the Los Angeles Angels for third in the AL West. Texas is 3-7 in their last ten games and they will be looking to try and do well in this four-game series with the White Sox. This will be the Rangers third straight-four game series. They got swept by the Minnesota Twins and so far, doing well in the Angels series.
Ariel Jurado started the season as a reliever and then became a starting pitcher in late May. He pitched well into mid-June, but since then, he has had mostly bad starts. In his last two starts, he pitched a few innings and gave up 8 runs. The Rangers have lost the last four games he has pitched in.
Coming into this series, Texas had a great series against the Angels. The Rangers won a high scoring game 8-7 and another, more well-pitched game 3-2. Hunter Pence and Danny Santana both had at least one 3-hit game in the series. Now the Rangers are 2-1 in the season series against the White Sox and two games were one-run games and the other was a three-run win by Texas. They just won a few tight games against LA and they will be ready to do it again.
Since the Rangers are pretty much playing for next year, they decided to call some guys up early, for some MLB time. “They are our future,” manager Chris Woodward said enthusiastically before the doubleheader Tuesday. “I have full faith that we are going to win a lot of games with these guys. I’ve been dying to see [Burke] pitch. I want these guys to get involved in our culture and in our process. I’m excited about it.”
White Sox Looking For Strong Homestand
The Chicago White Sox are cemented in that third-place spot, in the weak AL Central division. The sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games and despite being way under .500, they actually have a surprising 30-31 record at home. Also, their pitching is in the middle of the pack in a tough American League.
Ross Detwiler goes back and forth as a starting pitcher and a reliever. His last two starts have been terrible, and the guy is hot and cold with actually pitching well. In those last two starts, he pitched a few innings, gave up 4 runs, walked a few hitters, and gave up a few home runs. Detwiler can walk a lot of batters at times and the White Sox have lost three of his last four games that he pitched in.
Coming into this series, the White Sox took two out of three from the Minnesota Twins. Chicago had a solid 6-4 win, blown out 14-4, and then an impressive 4-0 win, in the series finale. José Abreu led the way for the sox, by getting 7 RBI’s in the series, and even had a 3-hit game in the last game. Also, the top of the lineup did all the work in the series as well. The White Sox are a confident bunch after playing the spoiler role against the tough Twins.
The White Sox are so confident about their play recently, that José Abreu believes Chicago will make the postseason next year. “I truly believe that we are going to be in a good position next year to compete for a playoff spot,” he said through an interpreter. “I know that the front office is going to make the move that will be the right move for us to move forward and to get to that final phase of this process.”
- White Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
- Under is 8-0 in White Sox last 8 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Over is 5-0 in White Sox last 5 vs. American League West.
- Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. American League Central.
- Rangers are 1-4 in Jurado’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rangers are 4-11 in their last 15 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Now even though the Rangers lead the season series 2-1 and are closer to .500 then the White Sox are, Chicago has been the better team lately. They just 3-hit shutout the Twins and teams can get momentum from games like that.
Plus the Rangers went 3-6 on their last nine-game road trip. The White Sox actually had an impressive 3-3 record on their last homestand and they played against the always tough Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox +103
Full-Game Total Pick
This will be a toss up because in the season series, the under has won twice, but it was usually .5 under or over the total. These teams know how to score against each other because let’s face it, their pitching gives up runs and lots of them at times.
The starters in this game haven’t pitched well in the last few starts or most of the season. However, the pitching did calm down a bit in the previous series for these teams, but not that much. White Sox win 6-4.
Prediction: Under 11