The Texas Rangers suffered a close 9-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night but can even the series with a win on Saturday. Both teams put plenty of runs on the board, but the Rangers couldn’t put enough runs together over the last three innings to rally back. The 2-0 SP Kyle Gibson will get the start on Saturday for the Rangers and will look to slow down the White Sox’s batters.
Friday’s game went rather well for the Chicago White Sox, fending off the Rangers’ final inning push. They’ll look to capture another win at home against Texas with SP Dallas Keuchel taking the mound for Chicago. A win here for the White Sox will close the gap between them and their AL Central rivals, the Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox come in as the favored team here and after Friday’s game, them being the favorite isn’t surprising. Can the Rangers capture a win on the road? Or will the White Sox take game two of this series as well?
After a close loss on Friday, the Rangers will look to limit Chicago’s batters on Saturday
Clearly, allowing nine runs, five of which were allowed in the third inning, is a recipe for a loss. If the Rangers want any chance at winning on Saturday, they’ll need to slow the White Sox batters. SP Kyle Gibson will be tasked with that duty to start the game off, and against Chicago, he’s in for quite the challenge. The good news for the Rangers is they did well to score runs on Friday, and with just a little help from the fielding group, they should be able to contain Chicago.
Both of these teams hover just under .500 at the sportsbook, but the Rangers have a better record when they come in as an underdog. With the number of runs we saw on Friday, we should expect a similar outcome on Saturday. Think about pairing your pick with the over here to capitalize the most.
The White Sox are looking to extend their win streak to three
In an effort to gain control of the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox have been on a tear over the last three games. They showed prowess in the third inning of Friday’s game, scoring five runs and snagging nine total to win the game 9-7. They’ll look to repeat that success on Saturday night against a Rangers’ team that had no answer for them early in the game.
With both of these teams performing similarly at the sportsbook, choosing one here is complicated. The White Sox, however, have underperformed as the favorite and have a 2-4 ATS record at home.
Best team to take on Saturday night?
Although the Rangers dropped the first game to the White Sox, look for them to bounce back with a big win on the road here. SP Kyle Gibson should be able to slow down the White Sox batting early on in the game and allow his team to get ahead. Take the underdogs here, Texas Rangers +150.
Prediction: Texas Rangers +150