The MLB is set with another packed night of action on Friday night. There will be a total of fifteen games on the board for August 16 as another weekend of baseball starts. One of the matchups to end the night will be between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels. These two teams are set to meet at around 10:07 PM Eastern time on Friday night.
The White Sox have earned a record of 54-66 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in third place of the AL Central. Chicago has not had the greatest season, but they will look to try and finish strong as the season nears its end. The White Sox have won two of their last three games and will look to keep that streak going with a road victory against the Angels.
Los Angeles has a record of 60-63 this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AL West. The Angels have hit a bit of a dry spell as of late, losing ten of their last fourteen games. Los Angeles is eleven games back of a wild card spot in the American League, but could make a push for it if they catch hot in these last weeks of the season.
The White Sox and the Angels both have losing records to this point in the season, but are still looking to end strong. Both rosters are solid and should match up well with each other once again. Chicago and Los Angeles are meeting up in their first series for the season. Last night’s game was a good night to feel each other out, which should lead to a competitive second matchup.
The White Sox and the Angels met up twice last season. The first series was hosted by Chicago in the later stages of the year. The White Sox were able to win the first two games 5-3 and 4-2, but Los Angeles bounced back to win the third and the fourth game by scores of 11-3 and 12-8. The second series shifted to Los Angeles, where the Angels swept Chicago by scores of 5-2, 12-3 and 1-0.
The first game of this series was last night in Los Angeles. The Angels got started early as Mike Trout and Justin Upton homered to help lead Los Angeles to an 8-2 lead. Jose Abreu homered in the seventh inning to pull it closer. Welington Castillo had a two-run homer for the White Sox in the top of the ninth as Chicago made a comeback push. The White Sox attempt fell short though as they lost 8-7.
The Angeles put up a record of 5-2 against Chicago last season and were able to pull off another win against the White Sox on Thursday night. Chicago will need to have a better start on Friday night if they want to bounce back from last night’s loss. If the White Sox can ride the momentum from last night’s ninth-inning though, I believe that they can win in the second game of this series.
Jose Abreu has put up a strong performance throughout this season, earning 133 hits, 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s. Leury Garcia has 126 hits and 34 RBI’s. Tim Anderson has earned 110 hits, 12 homers and 40 RBI’s. James McCann has put up 86 hits, 13 homers and 43 RBI’s, while Eloy Jimenez has 76 hits, 20 home runs and 47 RBI’s on the season.
David Fletcher leads Los Angeles in hits with 123, but only has 5 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Mike Trout leads this team with 121 hits, 40 homers, 93 RBI’s and an OPS of 1.093. Kole Calhoun has earned 99 hits, 26 home runs and 60 RBI’s. Shohei Ohtani has 90 hits, 15 home runs and 49 RBI’s. Albert Pujols has 86 hits, 18 home runs and 70 RBI’s, while Brian Goodwin has 80 hits and 10 homers.
These two teams have solid hitters throughout their lineup, but I believe that the Angels have a slight edge with Mike Trout in their lineup. The White Sox are missing Yoan Moncada, who has 112 hits and 20 home runs on the season, which has hurt them. Both of these lineups can do some damage though if they go up against weak pitching.
The White Sox will have Lucas Giolito start on the mound for Friday night’s tilt. Giolito has put up an impressive 12-6 record through 23 starts this season. In those starts, he has posted an ERA of 3.42 and a WHIP of 1.127. Giolito’s last start came against the Oakland A’s, where he allowed five hits and two runs with 13 strikeouts through six innings.
Patrick Sandoval will start for Los Angeles in Friday night’s game. Sandoval has only played in two games and has one start this season. In those two games, he has a 5.59 ERA and a WHIP of 1.552. Sandoval’s start came against the Boston Red Sox on August 11. Sandoval allowed six hits and four runs through four and two-thirds innings.
I believe that the White Sox have a nice edge in this matchup when it comes to pitching. Giolito has put up a strong season for Chicago, while Sandoval has only played twice and has not been great. I believe that the White Sox will have a good chance to get an early lead against Sandoval, which could give them the necessary edge in this game.
The Angeles were able to win the first game of this series, but I believe that the White Sox will be able to bounce back with a win of their own on Friday night. Chicago and Los Angeles match up well on the hitting side, but with Giolito starting for the White Sox, I like them to pull off the win. Sandoval has been subpar in his games played so far and I don’t expect a great start from him on Friday night.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -124 against the money line in this game. This implies that the Angels will win this game around 55.4 percent of the time. I think that this game should be much closer to even, which gives a lot of value to the White Sox. I am taking Chicago to bounce back from Thursday night’s loss.