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The Chicago White Sox are ready to square off against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago is in line to broadcast this AL showdown.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Chicago (+155) as the underdog to Texas (-165). The total is sitting at 10 runs and bettors can take the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at -140 for the White Sox +1.5 runs and +120 for the Rangers -1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 38-46 straight up (SU) and 40-43 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 7.3 units (ATS). Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The White Sox have gone 28-54 SU this year and are 41-40 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 16.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.6 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven.

Rangers games have a 37-40-6 over/under record thus far in 2018. The White Sox have been a decent under bet with a total record of 35-41-5.

Reynaldo Lopez is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. The right-handed Lopez (3-5, 3.73 ERA) has racked up 67 punchouts in 94 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Texas this year.

The Rangers are sending lefty Cole Hamels (4-6, 3.61 ERA) to the mound. Hamels has 97 punchouts and 37 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.27. Hamels hasn’t faced the White Sox yet this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 2.70 ERA and six strikeouts across 6.2 innings).

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.26 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.98, along with a WHIP of 1.45 and a K-per-9 of 9.27.

The White Sox offense has slashed .241/.304/.395 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 4.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s offensive production has been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is hitting .267/.324/.465 with 12 home runs, 47 RBIs and 39 runs scored, while Sanchez (.260/.306/.410) is up to five homers, 36 RBIs, 31 runs and eight stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Texas pitchers have allowed 5.0 runs per game overall this season. The teams starters have an ERA of 5.22, a WHIP of 1.43 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.4 K/9.

The Texas offense is putting up 4.6 runs per contest, including 6.2 per game over its last 10 games and 7.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .322/.394/.565 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Rangers batters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is hitting .286/.396/.489 with 15 home runs, 39 RBIs and 49 runs scored, and Mazara’s line is .282/.342/.484 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 45 runs.

The White Sox have lost 3.9 units and are 9-9 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to nine that’ve hit the under against lefties. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 0.7 units and are 27-30 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 23 of those games, compared to 31 that went under.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in six of Chicago’s last seven contests.
  • Chicago fielders have 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to two errors for Texas over its last 10.
  • The White Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 14 over their last 10.