The Chicago White Sox have endured a period of difficult hardship. They never really had their teeth into the current season. However, the last two months have been particularly weak. As they prepare to face the Texas Rangers on August 2nd, our Chicago vs Texas prediction focuses on the situation the two teams are in.
Chicago’s overall record now stands at 43-65. On recent form, they have gone 14-29 since June 10th. It’s evident that the team has been struggling to find their groove, with a disheartening winning rate of just .326 over that time. That the team offloaded Jake Burger, a power hitter, is enough to suggest that Chicago should be heading into a freefall soon.
Chicago vs Texas Prediction: Starting Pitching
The Chicago White Sox will have Dylan Crease on the mound for this game. Despite playing for a less-than-stellar team, Crease has managed to hold his own this season, with a record of 4-4. While his numbers may not be mind-blowing, they are certainly respectable. His ERA stands at 4.15, and his WHIP sits at 1.34. In terms of recent performance, Crease has been fairly average. Throughout July, he had a 4.50 ERA and a 1-1 record. However, it’s worth noting that the last time he faced Texas, he performed admirably, only allowing five hits and two earned runs over six innings.
The Rangers have decided to go with Dane Dunning as their starting pitcher for today’s game. With an impressive 8-4 record, a solid ERA of 3.28, and a WHIP of 1.19, Dunning seems like a reliable choice. One would expect the betting odds to be in favor of Texas for this match. However, it’s worth noting that Dunning had a rough month of July, where he struggled with a 1-3 record and a not-so-impressive 5.06 ERA. Despite his overall strong performance this season, this recent slump might raise some doubts about his consistency.
Recommendation: Take the Texas Rangers to win
Texas hasn’t exactly been on fire since the All-Star break. Their chances of winning the ALCS and even the AL West are both definitely up in the air. Nevertheless, the White Sox shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge, especially when playing in Texas. The Rangers have been dominant at home this season, boasting a record 15 games above .500. On the other hand, the Chi Sox have struggled on the road, with a dismal 16 games below .500. It’s clear that the home advantage greatly favors Texas in this matchup.
Our suggestion? Place your bets on the Rangers at -140 for the 8:05 PM ET game (starting soon).
Further reading: Did the Max Scherzer trade change much for Texas?