The Texas Rangers entertain the Chicago White Sox in a four-game series at Globe Life Field. The Rangers are holding out hope that they’re going to catch fire and find a way into the postseason. It’s highly unlikely to happen, at least in 2022.
They’re entering Thursday night at 46-58 and have been a disappointment after spending big bucks in the offseason. They quickly went from rebuilding to throwing money at Marcus Semien. The Rangers also added Corey Seager to the lineup.
It isn’t working out for the Rangers this season. Semien started off slow and they’ve never been able to recover as a team. The 2023 campaign is going to be especially critical for the Rangers.
The White Sox are in the midst of a divisional race with the Guardians and Twins. It’s up for grabs in the AL Central. The White Sox are 53-51 and only two games out of first. What does that say about the division?
Grab some bench. pic.twitter.com/0gMBjoF6X5
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 3, 2022
Chicago was expected to compete for the AL Central, but something better than two games above .500 at this point in the season. Nevertheless, their mediocre effort so far can be forgotten with a trip to the postseason. They’re coming off a 4-1 victory over the Royals.
The White Sox are sending Johnny Cueto to the mound to get this series started on Thursday night. Cueto will be countered by rookie Cole Ragans of the Rangers. Ragans is scheduled to make his major league debut in this one.
Head below for our free White Sox vs. Rangers prediction on August 4, 2022.
Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Live Betting Odds:
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 (+135)||-125||Over 8.5 (-115)|
|Texas Rangers||+1.5 (-160)||+108||Under 8.5 (-105)|
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|125% up to $2,500|
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|Team Data||Chicago White Sox||Texas Rangers|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.270||.233|
|Runs Per 9||4.39||4.51|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.48||4.33|
White Sox vs. Rangers Prediction:
The White Sox have a good one on the mound at Globe Life Field tonight. Johnny Cueto is pitching in good shape this year and in his best form since 2016. In his first season with the Giants in 2016, Cueto posted an ERA of 2.79 and a 1.09 WHIP through 32 starts.
He’s shown plenty of improvement in his opening stint with the White Sox. The veteran is going into this start with an ERA of 2.86 and a 1.17 WHIP. He posted an ERA of 2.70 and a 1.25 WHIP in his previous three outings.
The Rangers are hitting .194 with no RBIs against Cueto in 18 at-bats. Overall, this season, the Rangers’ offense has stalled out too often for a team that was expected to make noise.
They’re one of the biggest culprits for striking out, with 8.92 per game for 24th going into this series. There is a lot of work for them to do going into next season.
Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 7-3
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games versus a starter with a WHIP better than 1.15
- 6-2 overall in their previous eight games on the road
- 7-3 overall in their previous ten games versus the Rangers
- OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games versus the Rangers
- Record (Last 10): 3-7
- 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at home versus a team with a winning record
- 0-7 overall in their previous seven games at home
- 1-10 overall in their previous 11 games versus a team with a winning record
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games after conceding 5 or more runs
- 3-7 overall in their previous ten games versus the White Sox
Lefty Cole Ragans is making his major league debut on Thursday night. The season is done for the Rangers, so the rest of the season is an attempt to give some young pitchers some experience.
Ragans has been fine through Double-A and Triple-A ball this season. Between 18 starts, he posted an ERA of 3.04 and a 1.12 WHIP.
Ragans may be fine, but he’s likely going to need more than that to have the advantage over Cueto in this contest. I’m giving the White Sox the nod tonight. Cueto at -125 to -130 over a rookie hurler looks like a good bargain.