Wagering on the MLB at this stage of the season can prove to be a little tougher than usual. While we are getting a good share of series that feature good teams against bad, the pressure of trying to maintain a playoff spot can often prove to be too much for the teams in the hunt for postseason ball. It’s perhaps even more difficult when you have a pair of teams long since eliminated from the playoffs going head to head. When there is little more than pride at stake, you need to try and figure out which of those two teams will be up for what is ultimately a meaningless fight.
This is when you need to dig into the stats to see where the value plays reside. That is what we are all going to need to do with this series, as the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox are now both playing out the season with absolutely zero stake. Which of these two will rise up and win this game? The Rangers are favored by 1 ½ on the road, with the run total set at 10 ½.
Rangers vs White Sox MLB Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Thursday, August 22 at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
- Starting Pitchers: Jurado vs. Detwiler
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: WGN
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Texas Rangers -115 (Total 10.5)
- Sunny: 22°C/71°F
- Humidity: 55%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 5%
- Wind: 14 mph NNE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Texas Rangers?
There was a moment, albeit a while back now, when the Texas Rangers went on a run that took them up into second in the AL West and had them looking like a playoff contender. That run was short-lived, though, with Texas now sitting well of the pace in the division and the Wild Card race.
While their season is all but over, the Rangers are showing some signs of life, taking 3 of 4 from the Angels in their most recent series. That win came at home, though, where Texas has a very decent record. The same cannot be said for their play on the road, where they are now just 25-38. They have not enjoyed playing in Chicago, where they are just 2-10 SU in their last 12 visits. They will have Ariel Jurado (6-9, 5.38 ERA) on the mound on Thursday.
- Runs: 5.08
- Hits: 8.57
- Walks: 3.40
- Strike Outs: 9.88
- Runs: 5.34
- Hits: 9.35
- Walks: 3.57
- Strike Outs: 8.59
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox?
The Chicago White Sox currently have 6 fewer wins on the season than their opponent in this series, going 57-69 on the season. They are also 1-2 in their season series with the Rangers, but this is a team that is certainly better at home than on the road, sitting 1 game below .500 at 30-31 SU when playing in their own ballpark.
Chicago are coming home on a bit of a high after a very good series win over the Minnesota Twins, but will that carry over into this one? They do have a good record against the Rangers at home, but they are just 4-11 SU overall in recent games versus teams from the AL West. Playing the White Sox against the spread might be the way to go here, as they have covered in 8 of their last 10. It will be Ross Detwiler (1-3, 6.10 ERA) taking the mound.
- Runs: 4.22
- Hits: 8.65
- Walks: 2.30
- Strike Outs: 9.49
- Runs: 5.23
- Hits: 9.07
- Walks: 3.60
- Strike Outs: 7.91
Rangers vs White Sox MLB Betting Trends
- Rangers are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of Texas’ last 20 games played on a Thursday
- White Sox are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the American League West division
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of White Sox’s last 9 games at home
- White Sox are 36-34 against the money line in night games this season
- Rangers are 63-65 against the money line in all games this season
- Jurado is 0-1 when starting against WHITE SOX with an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 1.406
- Detwiler is 1-1 when starting against TEXAS with an ERA of 6.30 and a WHIP of 1.900
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Rangers vs White Sox
I really do believe that the White Sox against the spread is the way to go here. I actually think that they might come out and win this one straight up.
Score: Texas Rangers 5 – Chicago White Sox 6