Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Mat Latos vs. Cole Hamels
The Chicago White Sox visit Globe Life Park on Wednesday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Mat Latos for the White Sox and Cole Hamels for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +120 and Texas at -130. The over/under was set at 9. The White Sox have a 12-18-3 over/under record and a 20-13-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 61% of the time. The Rangers are 18-15-0 against the run line and have a 16-16-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup with a 23-10 record, including 13-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Mat Latos has a 5-0 record with an earned run average of 2.62 and a WHIP of 1.19. He has 19 strikeouts over his 34.1 innings pitched and he has given up 31 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.44. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.98 and they have given up 67 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .196 against the bullpen while being struck out 87 times and walking 34 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.88 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 2.79. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 245 base hits and 92 earned runs. They have allowed 24 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 96 batters and struck out 260. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 3.45.
As a team, Chicago is batting .249, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .259 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.36 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .296 and his on-base percentage is at .386. He has 37 hits this season along with 15 runs scored and 8 runs batted in. He's struck out 15 times and has walked 15 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .370. He has totaled 36 hits so far while scoring 16 runs and he's driven in 11. He has walked 14 times and has struck out 12 times. The White Sox have 276 hits, including 51 doubles and 31 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Chicago has walked 114 times this season and they've struck out 241 times as a unit. They've left 234 men on base and have a team OPS of .718. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 139 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 10-6 home record and a 18-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.68, Cole Hamels has a 4-0 record and a 1.22 WHIP. He has 36 strikeouts over the 37 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 28 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.23. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.89 and they have given up 116 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .284 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 84 times and walking 40 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.69 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.9 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 287 base knocks and 132 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 43 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 119 hitters and struck out 228. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .266 average at home. The Rangers hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.64 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .331. He has 35 hits this year along with 15 runs scored and 22 RBI. He's struck out 11 times and has walked on 9 occasions. Elvis Andrus is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 31 hits so far while he's scored 12 runs and drove in 14. He has earned a walk 7 times and has punched out 13 times. The Rangers as a unit have 285 base hits, including 60 doubles and 32 homers. They have 16 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Texas as a team has walked 86 times this year and they have struck out 238 times. They've had 206 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They score 4.45 runs per game and have totaled 147 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 12-18-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 20-13-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 16-16-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 18-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
04/24/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers
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