The Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox wrap up a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Sunday afternoon, so here’s the best betting pick for their American League showdown along with the latest odds on William Hill Sportsbook.
The Rangers have played above expectations so far, but they couldn’t cope with the White Sox in the opener. Chicago won 9-7 as a -137 home fave, and the Chi Sox opened as -165 favorites for the middle contest on Saturday night.
Texas is listed at +184 to win the closing clash of this AL series, while the White Sox are firm -200 moneyline favorites with a total of 7.5 runs.
The Rangers will have another tall task at Guaranteed Rate Field
The Texas Rangers entered Saturday’s game against Chicago with a 9-11 record. They were the worst team in the AL West, trailing half a game behind Houston, but the Rangers can be satisfied with their displays in 2021.
Texas is considered as a massive +15000 underdog to win the World Series this term, and the Rangers have already recorded a few impressive wins over the Rays, Blue Jays, and Angels. They are scoring 4.05 runs per game (tied-19th in the majors) while slashing .221/.304/.358. The Rangers have smacked 23 home runs thus far, one above the league average.
Rookie Kohei Arihara will get his fifth start in the majors Sunday. The 28-year-old righty is 2-1 with a sharp 2.21 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 13/3 KK/B ratio across 20.1 innings of work. Arihara will search for his third straight victory, and he hasn’t yielded a single earned run in his previous two outings.
The White Sox look to extend their dominance over Texas
The Chicago White Sox improved to 10-9 on the season with that 9-7 victory over the Rangers this past Friday. They had a 6-2 lead at the end of the fourth and blew it in the next two innings, but the White Sox’s offense stepped up once more to grab a huge win in front of the home fans.
It was their sixth triumph in the last seven home encounters with Texas, and the White Sox entered Saturday’s clash as the second-best team in the AL Central. Chicago is tallying 5.16 runs per game (4th in the MLB) while posting the fourth-best batting average (.256) and the 10th-best slugging percentage (.405).
Lucas Giolito will get the starting nod Sunday, and the 26-year-old righty is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 30/10 K/BB ratio across 23.0 frames of work. Giolito will look to bounce back from his previous start, as the righty surrendered a whopping eight runs on seven hits over one-plus innings. He met the Rangers once in 2018 and earned a win while yielding a couple of earned runs on four hits through six innings.
- 1-4 in the last five games against the White Sox
- 2-12 in the last 14 games against the AL Central
- 4-1 in the last five games overall
- 6-1 in the last seven home tilts against Texas
The White Sox have owned the Rangers lately, and I’m expecting more of the same Sunday. Luca Giolito will be keen to make amends for his previous outing, while Kohei Arihara will have a mountain to climb against the White Sox’s potent lineup.
The Rangers’ rookie has been impressive in his previous two showings. However, he’ll have to deal with some red-hot bats in this one, and I’m looking for the hosts’ offense to make the difference.
Pick: Take Chicago White Sox at -200
The totals seem tricky in this game, as the White Sox’s best pitcher faces off against the in-form rookie. Giolito won’t put on another awful performance, but I’m not sure about Arihara who’s allowed five hits and no earned runs in his previous two starts and 11.1 innings of work.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Arihara struggles mightily against the White Sox, so I would stick with the hosts to win. The over is 4-1 in Texas’ last five road contests excluding Saturday’s game, and it is 4-2 in Chicago’s previous six games overall. The odds on the over certainly look tempting.
Pick: Go over 7.5 runs at +105