In American League action on Saturday afternoon, the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox will play the middle game of their three game series. The Texas Rangers come into the series with a 10-6 record, which puts them at the top of the American League West. The Rangers are looking to repeat as divisional champs. They send Colby Lewis to the mound. For Chicago, they are also 10-6 on the season. That puts the White Sox second behind Kansas City in the American League Central. Carlos Rodon will pitch for the White Sox. Find out the updated MLB online betting odds here.
Texas Rangers vs Chicago White Sox MLB Free Picks
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Where: U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois
Radio: 105.3 The Fan, WLS
Pitching Matchup: Lewis vs. Rodon
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Rangers
Texas is playing good baseball right now. The Rangers have won four straight games, and surged back to first place. The Rangers are scoring 4.8 runs per game, which is tied for sixth in all of Major League Baseball. The Rangers pitching is middle of the pack, with opponents batting .263 against them. Colby Lewis has thrown 18 innings this season, which includes 3 starts of exactly 6 innings. In those three starts, he has allowed 20 hits, but holds a 1-0 record. Lewis has also seen an increase in his strikeouts, as he has recorded 17 in 18 innings.
Why Bet the White Sox
Carlos Rondo will be better in this start than he was in his last start. But, that’s not asking for much. The 23 year old from Miami recorded just 1 out, and allowed 6 hits and 5 runs against the Los Angeles Angels. His previous two starts, Rondo went 13 innings, allowing just 10 hits and 2 runs. Chicago has been one of the lowest scoring teams in all of Major League Baseball. The White Sox are scoring just 3 runs per game, but pitching is allowing just 2.7. The White Sox want to get Todd Frazier going. In his first season since coming over from the Reds, he is hitting just .206.
Expert Score & Prediction
This game being played at US Cellular Field gives us more confidence in the Chicago White Sox than in the Texas Rangers. Carlos Rondo was awful in his last start, and will want to bounce back. Look for the weather to be nice in Chicago, and his pitching to be tough. Colby Lewis has pitched well to start the season, so look for this to be a late bullpen decision type game. The home team wins that type of game. The bet for this game is the Chicago White Sox -120 over the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The final score prediction for this game is the Chicago White Sox 5-4 over the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon.