Saturday, July 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Matt Shoemaker
The Chicago White Sox visit Angel Stadium on Saturday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Matt Shoemaker for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +136 and Los Angeles at -146. The over/under was set at 8.5. The White Sox have a 41-44-3 over/under record and a 42-46-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Angels are 43-48-0 against the run line and have a 36-52-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 45-43 record, including 21-21 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 4-10 record with an earned run average of 5.42 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 75 strikeouts over his 101.1 innings pitched and he has given up 117 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.37. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.45 and they have given up 247 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen while being struck out 242 times and walking 126 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.95 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.84 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 785 base hits and 353 earned runs. They have allowed 95 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 299 batters and struck out 688. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.23.
As a team, Chicago is batting .251, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.52 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .271 and his on-base percentage is at .355. He has 93 hits this season along with 43 runs scored and 29 runs batted in. He's struck out 63 times and has walked 35 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .297 and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 90 hits so far while scoring 38 runs and he's driven in 41. He has walked 24 times and has struck out 34 times. The White Sox have 749 hits, including 145 doubles and 88 home runs. They've stolen 41 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Chicago has walked 265 times this season and they've struck out 718 times as a unit. They've left 608 men on base and have a team OPS of .717. They score 4.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 368 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 16-26 home record and a 37-52 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.45, Matt Shoemaker has a 4-9 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 97 strikeouts over the 97 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 106 hits. He has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.66. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 295 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 232 times and walking 107 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.29 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.52 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.43. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 829 base knocks and 394 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 117 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 285 hitters and struck out 636. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .238 average at home. The Angels hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 8.08 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .322 and he has an OBP of .425. He has 104 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 58 RBI. He's struck out 71 times and has walked on 58 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 97 hits so far while he's scored 55 runs and drove in 47. He has earned a walk 37 times and has punched out 66 times. The Angels as a unit have 809 base hits, including 158 doubles and 84 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 265 times this year and they have struck out 524 times. They've had 597 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They score 4.53 runs per game and have totaled 403 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 41-44-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 42-46-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 36-52-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 43-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
07/09/16 P Carlos Rodon Wrist 15-day DL (7/6)
07/05/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 15-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Los Angeles Angels
07/09/16 1B C.J. Cron Hand 15-day DL (7/8)
07/06/16 LF Shane Robinson Ankle 15-day DL (7/6)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
06/01/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 60-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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