There’s plenty of work for the Chicago White Sox to do if they want to give the Minnesota Twins a run for their own money in the Americal League Central. The same is true for the Texas Rangers who are lagging behind the Astros in the American League West. Both the White Sox (+2500 to win AL Central) and the Rangers (+2500 to win AL West) will look to give their chances of winning their respective divisions a shot in the arm when they lock horns in a three-game series in Arlington.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers Regular-Season Series Running from June 21-23 2019
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington
Game 1 Friday, June 21, 8:05 PM EST
Game 2 Saturday, June 22, 9:05 PM EST
Game 3 Sunday, June 23, 3:05 PM EST
Line: Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Reynaldo Lopez (4-7, 6.31 ERA) vs. Ariel Jurado (4-3, 4.23 ERA)
Lopez was not able to stand the bats of the New York Yankees in his last start, allowing five earned runs on six this in six innings of an 8-4 loss at home on Jun. 15. He’ll look to get his second win on the road this year in his next start as he also tries to lower his ERA away from home, which is currently at an abysmal clip of 7.28 in six starts. Jurado lasted just three innings in a forgettable start against the Cincinnati Reds on the road on Jun. 16, when he gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in an 11-3 defeat. He is 2-2 with a 3.10 ERA in three home starts this year.
Jose Abreu is 2-for-2 in career vs. Jurado.
Rougned Odor is 3-for-7 in career vs. Lopez.
Prediction: White Sox win, 5-4.
Starters: Manny Banuelos (3-4, 6.90 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (8-4, 4.16 ERA)
Banuelos has appeared in just two games so far this month as of this writing, with only 5.1 innings of total action logged on the mound. Over that span, he’s allowed two earned runs on five hits. He is 3-2 with a 6.40 ERA in nine games played on the road this season. Lynn was solid in his last start, allowing just an earned run on six hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 7-2 home win over the Cleveland Indians on Jun. 17. He is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts this June.
Welington Castillo is 9-for-15 with three homers in career vs. Lynn.
Elvis Andrus is hitting .314 against lefties this season.
Prediction: Rangers win, 4-2.
Starters: Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2, 8.71 ERA) vs. Adrian Sampson (5-3, 4.21 ERA)
Despaigne was lit up by the Yankees at home in his last start, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in just 4.1 innings of a 10-3 loss. Prior to that, he allowed three earned runs on seven hits during a lopsided 12-1 home loss to the Washington Nationals. He is 2-5 with a 6.71 ERA in 26 appearances, including five starts, on the road since 2016. Sampson picked up a no-decision in his third start of the month, allowing six earned runs on seven hits (four homers) in five innings of a 7-6 road loss to the Boston Red Sox on Jun. 13. He is 2-0 with a 3.43 over his first three starts this June.
Tim Anderson is batting .336 at home this season.
Hunter Pence is 4-for-11 in career vs. Despaigne.
Prediction: Rangers win, 6-5.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Rangers win two of three games.
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