Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

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The Los Angeles Angels will be taking on the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will televise this AL matchup and the game gets going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

The White Sox are 72-68 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 56-85 straight up (SU). The team’s lost 11.1 units for moneyline bettors and 0.9 units (ATS). Chicago has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven. The Angels are 69-72 SU and have gone 65-75 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 9.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 19.6 units ATS. Los Angeles has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 67-67-6 in 2018. Los Angeles has been a decent under bet with a total record of 61-70-9.

The right-handed Matt Shoemaker is the projected starter for the visiting Angels. Shoemaker is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and seven strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 4.26 ERA and nine strikeouts across six and one-third innings).

The White Sox will turn to righty James Shields (6-15, 4.39 ERA), who has 141 punchouts and 69 walks as well as a 1.29 WHIP. Shields is 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 13.50 ERA in one start against Los Angeles this year.

Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 5.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.8 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters have produced 4.2 runs per contest, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .247/.313/.386 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The White Sox batters have been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 67 runs scored, and Sanchez’s line is .248/.315/.375 with seven homers, 47 RBIs, 53 runs and 13 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.69 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.72, along with a K/9 of 8.53.

The Angels offense has slashed .246/.319/.415 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ offense has been sparked by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout, who’ve collectively swatted 42 home runs. Simmons is slashing .294/.340/.427 with 11 home runs, 70 RBIs and 60 runs scored, while Trout (.306/.460/.604) has produced 31 homers, 63 RBIs, 89 runs and 22 steals.

The Angels have gained 1.8 units and are 47-49 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 45 of those games, compared to 46 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 5.7 units and are 54-50 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 51 of those games, as opposed to 48 that’ve cashed the under.

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • Los Angeles has posted 20.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.2 over its last five.
  • The Angels have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.