Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Chicago White Sox will square off against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:07 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this AL showdown.

Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Chicago (+200) as the underdog to Los Angeles (-220). The total is sitting at 8.5 runs and gamblers can take the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the runline odds standing at White Sox +1.5 runs (-110) and Angels -1.5 runs (-110).

The Angels are 50-52 straight up (SU) and 44-57 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 9.4 units for moneyline bettors and 21.1 units (ATS). Los Angeles has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 36-64 SU and have gone 50-49 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 17.4 units for moneyline bettors and 5.3 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 42-51-8 in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 45-49-5.

James Shields will get the nod for Chicago. The right-handed Shields is 4-11 with a 4.26 ERA and 97 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Angels this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 2.57 ERA and eight strikeouts over seven innings).

The Angels are going with lefty Tyler Skaggs (7-6, 2.68 ERA), who has 106 strikeouts and 31 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.22. Skaggs did not record a start against the White Sox in 2017.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.07 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.45 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.45, along with a K-per-9 of 9.50.

White Sox hitters have slashed .242/.303/.398 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 4.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been sparked by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is hitting .253/.316/.439 with 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 47 runs scored, while Sanchez is hitting .257 with five homers, 42 RBIs, 35 runs and 10 steals.

For the home team, Los Angeles’ pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .219/.321/.369 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have paced the Angels offense this year. Trout is hitting .305/.457/.599 with 26 home runs, 54 RBIs, 73 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Simmons has put up a line of .303/.361/.426 with six homers, 43 RBIs and 47 runs.

The White Sox have lost 6.6 units and are 11-12 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 11 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 4.2 units and are 36-37 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 31 of those games, compared to 37 which went under the total.

Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The Angels have dropped five of their last six games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 18.0 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 14 over their last 10.