Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 4/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+115) Los Angeles (-172)
Dylan Cease and the Chicago White Sox (35-25, 2nd in AL Central last year) travel to Angel Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Angels (26-34, 4th in AL West last season). The Angels open this matchup at -172 while the White Sox are coming in at +115. The total has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Dylan Cease and Shohei Ohtani.
The White Sox accumulated 94 doubles as a squad last year and smacked 96 baseballs out of the park. Chicago had a slugging percentage of .453 and were called out on strikes 571 times, while getting the free base on 179 occasions. As a squad, the Chicago White Sox notched 5.1 runs per outing, which had them sitting at 5th in the league. They had 294 runs batted in and 534 base knocks for the prior year, while their average at the plate sat at .261. They notched a total of 306 runs while having a team OBP of .326.
The White Sox held a team earned run average of 3.81 during the previous year (6th in the league), and their staff struck out 523 hitters. They earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.41 and their pitching staff recorded a WHIP of 1.26. White Sox pitchers conceded 71 home runs in addition to 246 runs in total (21st in the league). Their pitching staff walked 217 batters and their FIP finished at 4.32 as a team for the prior year. The White Sox had sent 224 relief pitchers to the mound during the previous year. The relief pitchers inherited 103 runners in the previous season with 29.1% of those runners ended up scoring. They tallied 13 saves last year and blew 12 of their 25 save opportunities. The White Sox relief pitchers had a save percentage of 52.0% and entered the game in 58 save situations. The relievers a total of 32 holds during the previous year (12th in MLB). White Sox relief pitchers went to the mound with opponents on base in 62 games and also 67 contests with high leverage.
Dylan Cease gave up 50 hits in 58.1 innings he pitched last year. His earned run average sat at 4.01 and he punched out 44 batters. He gave up 26 earned runs last year and had a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.3. He surrendered 7.7 H/9 (hits per 9 innings) and he had a WHIP of 1.44. Cease was the owner of a FIP of 6.36 and his ERA+ was 111. Cease has taken the ball for 131 innings and has 125 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. Cease (9-11 record in his career) has a FIP of 5.71 while going up against 581 batters in the majors. His ERA is 5.00 (73 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.500. He has given up 128 base knocks (8.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 69 walks.
The Los Angeles Angels compiled an on-base percentage of .332 as well as a team batting average of .248 for the prior year. They were called out on strikes on 490 occasions (22nd in baseball) and accounted for 501 base hits. Los Angeles had 85 home runs in the prior season in addition to 285 runs batted in. The Angels had a team slugging % of .430 and they had an average of 4.90 runs per outing (9th in baseball). They hit 97 two-baggers, while taking a walk 239 times and putting up 294 runs.
The Angels held a team WHIP of 1.316 and were the owners of a FIP of 4.49 as a pitching staff over the course of last year. They were ranked 12th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 492. The Los Angeles pitching staff given up 321 runs for the prior year while holding an ERA of 5.09 (297 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio sat at 2.63 (523 strikeouts against 199 bases on balls). They allowed 82 long balls and they surrender 5.50 runs per 9 innings (26th in the league). Los Angeles had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 51 save situations and they tallied 12 saves. They ranked 28th in MLB with a save rate of 46.2%, and they dispatched 228 relievers to the mound last year. Their relief pitchers stepped onto the mound in 74 games with high leverage in addition to 92 contests with runners on. Los Angeles relief pitchers had an inherited score rate of 35.0% out of their 136 inherited base runners. Finishing with 26 save chances, the Angels recorded 23 holds and 14 blown saves.
Ohtani (4-3 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 4.39 ERA and has conceded 6.9 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.20 and he has faced 227 batters during his career. He has allowed 26 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.331 and having a FIP of 3.9. In his pro baseball career, Ohtani has conceded 41 base knocks while he has tallied 66 K's in 53 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-172)
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