By: Trent Pruitt
A White Sox win was not in the cards last night as Reynaldo Lopez looked more like the ReyLo we’ve been accustomed to this season. There was a late rally in the 9th but it wasn’t enough as the Southsiders dropped the series opener to the Halos 8-7. Unfortunately we lost our streak of six straight winners but that’s alright because today we start a new streak.
Money Line: LAA -113, CWS +103
Run Line: LAA -1.5 (+170), CWS +1.5 (-200)
Over/Under: 8.5 (O -115, U -105)
First Pitch: 9:07 CST, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
Chicago White Sox
White Sox fans, it’s Giolito Day!! No better man to get us back in the win column than Lucas. He returned to his dominant form last start against the A’s as he went 6 innings allowing only 2 runs, which came on one swing of the bat thanks to Matt Olsen. He took the L in that game since the Sox were not able to drum up any offense. That moved his record on the season to 12-6. Overall on the year, Giolito owns a 3.42 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP to go along with a 1.25 K’s per Inning rate. The Sox bats got off to a slow start but heated up towards the end of the game last night. Jose Abreu continues to have a solid year as he belted homeruns number 25 and 26.
Los Angeles Angels
The Angels will send Patrick Sandoval to the bump tonight to take on the White Sox in his second career start. Sandoval went 4.2 innings against the Red Sox in his first Major League start, allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 free passes. The lefty has a 5.59 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP over his two appearances this season. The Angels showed last night that their offense is no slouch as they notched 8 runs in their second straight win. Mike Trout proved why he is the best player in baseball, going 4-4 with a walk and blasting his 40th bomb of the season. That game alone moved his batting average from .291 to .298. Ohtani went 2-5 and Upton knocked in 4 runs as well.
Analysis & Prediction
Folks, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, any time you can get Lucas Giolito for positive money, take it. We’re rolling with the White Sox tonight as dogs again. The White Sox hit lefties really well (.274 vs .247 against RHP) and so far, Patrick Sandoval has not shown that he has dominant stuff. He has 6 walks over 9.2 innings so if he gives out some free passes, the Sox will take advantage. I’m also throwing a unit on the over for the Sox team total tonight. That is at 4.5 (+117) via Betonline.
Trent’s Record on White Sox Free Picks
30-24-3 (+7.96 Units). A $100 bettor would be up $796 on the MLB Season.
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