The Chicago White Sox head into Anaheim with some confidence following a solid series against the Astros. The White Sox were winners in two of three games, bouncing the Astros in two straight by scores of 4-1 and 13-8. Getting to the Houston pitching staff like that isn’t easy, but the White Sox were able to make it look easy yesterday afternoon against Miley and the bullpen.
The White Sox offense have a tendency to surprise here and there offensively. They just have to figure out a way to do it consistently. With the two wins over the Astros, the White Sox advanced to 54-65 on the season. That gets the White Sox nowhere this season, but they have something to build on for future years.
The Angels on the other hand can be a frustrating bunch. After signing Mike Trout to that massive contract, there are loftier expectations to be had in Anaheim. Pressure in this sense is going to be on the front office to help surround Trout with talent.
They are counting down the days until Albert Pujols’ ten-year contract is off the books, but that isn’t until 2022. Pujols is going to be making a whopping $30 million in 2021 and his production is not going to line up with that contract. Primarily, though, the Angels must address their pitching, and they can’t depend on Ohtani returning to form next season in the rotation.
Ohtani’s future as a pitcher is kind of up in the air. It’s going to be a wait and see approach with him. He has been pitching at 80% recently and eyeing a return to the bump next season, but what the Angels are going to get from him is up for debate. Five-year member of the Angels, Andrew Heaney, will get the nod tonight.
He’s a guy that the Angels would rather not have to trot out there, but there aren’t any better options at this point. After a solid debut in 2015, he’s tailed off since. Reynaldo Lopez, who had his best season a year ago, hasn’t been able to build on it. He will be called upon in Anaheim against the Angels. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Angels pick.
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Reynaldo Lopez was hoping to improve on his effort last season or at least stabilize and have a similar season. With an ERA of 5.16, that isn’t the case for Lopez. In what is an important season for pitchers, Lopez posted an ERA of 3.91 in 2018. Not bad after a 4.91 ERA and 4.72 ERA the previous two seasons.
So, it was something for him to build on for his next season. He’s regressed, though, and Lopez is on pace for an ERA that eclipses 5.00 for the first time in his career. He’s been shaky on the road, with a 5.31 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 59.1 innings of work.
His ERA looks quite good most recently, with a 2.65 ERA in his previous three games. However, he had to work really hard to get there. While his ERA was sharp, Lopez got himself into trouble with a 1.71 WHIP and .390 OBA, but was able to kill momentum of the opposing teams.
Notably, Lopez was able to keep his ERA down because he didn’t allow 1 home run during that stretch. He’s allowed 24 home runs on the season, so it isn’t like he’s been an expert in keeping balls in the park, though. With that in mind, expect Lopez not to be able to keep that streak going against the Angels tonight.
Heaney will be making his 11th start of the season tonight. He has been okay in spots for the Angels, but a little too erratic to be pitching for a contender right now. Heaney enters with an ERA of 4.89 on the season. He’s been struggling at home, with a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 26.1 innings. Heaney has also allowed 6 long balls compared to just 3 on the road. At even money, the OVER looks like a solid option for Thursday night in Anaheim.