This Thursday, there is a matchup between two American League teams. Specifically, the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels will face off at about 10:07 PM. This is game one of a four-game series, which will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
White Sox Bring Bats To Life On Wednesday
The Chicago White Sox have not had much to cheer about this season. Chicago has been out of the playoff picture and has had to deal with a plethora of injuries to some star players like Yoan Moncada. Another reason why the White Sox have struggled so badly has been their inability to win on the road. Specifically, the White Sox are just 24-34 away from home this season. Luckily for the White Sox, their last series against the Astros was at home which helped account for their ability to split a series against one of the best teams in baseball. More importantly, Chicago finally broke out of its offensive slump and will look to keep its bats hot in these four games against the Angels.
The White Sox have won three of their last six games and they have gone 26-24 against teams with losing records which is the eighth-worst record in the league. Yesterday, the White Sox managed to score a whopping 13 runs against the Astros as they won 13-9. Leading their offense was James McCann who had a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning. However, the White Sox still gave up nine runs yesterday and will need to pitch better moving forward.
Pitching for the White Sox in this game will be Reynaldo Lopez and he has gone 7-9 with a 5.16 ERA in 24 starts this season, including a 3-4 record with 5.31 ERA in 11 appearances on the road. Righties are hitting .260 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .299. However, he has been great since the All-Star Break as he is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA.
The White Sox have been below average on offense in road games so far as they come into this game ranked 27th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.29 runs per game, while also recording the second-fewest home runs in the league with 1.03 home runs per game. On the mound, however, they have also been below average as they come into this game ranked 21st in the league with a 4.81 ERA. Meanwhile, the bullpen for the White Sox ranks 12th in the league with a 4.33 ERA.
Angels Continue To Fall Apart
The Los Angeles Angels have continued to fall apart after the All-Star Break as they are well out of a playoff spot with about a month and a half left in the season. Los Angeles had the talent to potentially sneak back into the AL Wild Card race but its lack of quality depth pieces became the team’s undoing. Specifically, Los Angeles’ pitching has been pedestrian lately as it has not been able to keep its opponents off of the bases. In two of its last three games, the Angels have allowed at least ten runs. With a Chicago offense who scored 13 runs yesterday, the Angels will need to get their pitching under control in a hurry.
The Angels have lost 10 of their last 13 games and they have gone 13-17 in their last 30 games. Yesterday, they scored seven runs in a victory against the Pirates and leading their attack was Albert Pujols who had three RBIs. However, despite winning yesterday, the Angels have been pretty underwhelming against below average teams this season. Specifically, the Angels are just 35-29 against teams below .500 which is the 12th-worst record in the league.
Pitching for the Angels in this game will be Andrew Heaney, who has gone 1-3 with a 4.89 ERA in ten starts on the year, including a 1-2 record with a 5.13 ERA in five appearances at home. Righties are hitting .236 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .275. He has also been solid since the All-Star Break as he has a 3.38 ERA.
The Angels have been solid on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.00 runs per game, while also ranking 13th in the league with 8.63 hits per game. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 5.09. Meanwhile, the bullpen for the Angels ranks 19th in the league with a 4.69 ERA.
- Angels are 0-6 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series.
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League Central.
- White Sox are 5-1 in Lopez’s last 6 road starts.
- White Sox are 5-1 in Lopez’s last 6 starts with 4 days of rest.