By: Trent Pruitt
Well it’s probably a good thing I didn’t write any previews for that Astros series because I certainly didn’t see the Sox throwing up 13 runs yesterday and taking two out of three. Regardless, we’re still riding our hot streak and that will continue tonight. We’re looking for seven straight winners as the Southsiders travel to Orange County to take on the Angels.
Money Line: LAA -160, CWS +150
Run Line: LAA -1.5 (+125), CWS +1.5 (-135)
Over/Under: 9 (-110)
First Pitch: 9:07 CST, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Chicago White Sox
Reynaldo Lopez will take the ball for the Sox tonight as he owns a 2.13 ERA since the All-Star break. Last time out he threw 6.2 scoreless innings against the A’s when they were in town. Tonight he will face an Angels lineup that does not have his number, rather he has theirs. He holds the Halos to a .200 batting average over 30 AB’s. The White Sox offense went off yesterday, albeit there was some help from the Astros defense making a few errors. Nonetheless, they are looking good and they will face a lefty tonight which bodes well in their favor.
Los Angeles Angels
That lefty is Andrew Heaney. This will be his second start back since recovering from his shoulder inflammation issue. In that appearance, he went 3.2 innings against Boston allowing only 3 hits and 1 earned run. Overall, Heaney owns a 4.89 ERA on the season and that pairs with a 1.35 WHIP – pretty middle of the road stuff. The Angels offense can really be hit or miss. I watched a couple of their games against the Pirates (which they lost two out of three) and it seemed like they kept coming up one hit short. Obviously, they are led by the best player in baseball in Mike Trout but he’s assisted by Shohei Ohtani, and aging Albert Pujols, ASU alum Kole Calhoun (my guy), and Andrelton Simmons. Simmons and Trout are a combined 4-8 against Lopez but other than that, Lopez has kept them in check.
Analysis & Prediction
I’ll say it again, Vegas continues to undervalue the White Sox. My favorite part about covering and knowing everything about a “less popular” team like the Sox is that when they are underdogs, they’re big dogs. People see “Los Angeles” and “Mike Trout” and they are quick to jump on the Halos. They see the expectations of the season vs the reality of what is going on. The reality is that this Angels team has a terrible pitching staff and the White Sox will 100% expose that just like the rest of the league has. Let’s back ReyLo and the Sox bats tonight as dogs. We’re looking to break the $1,000 profit mark on the season tonight!!
Trent’s Record on White Sox Free Picks
30-23-3 (+8.96 Units). A $100 bettor would be up $896 on the MLB Season.
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