Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers MLB Pick – August 5

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout Friday. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout August 5. One of these games will be between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers. These two teams have struggled this season and will look to earn the win big in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:05 PM Eastern time.

Chicago has posted a record of 53-52 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the AL Central. The White Sox are coming off a loss in their last game, but have gone 6-4 in their last 10. Chicago is two games back on the division leading Minnesota Twins. The White Sox will look for a fast start in this one on the road.

The Rangers have put up a record of 47-58 throughout this season, which has them in third place of the AL West. Texas won their last time out, but have earned a 4-6 record throughout their last 10 games. The Rangers are nine games out of a wild card spot entering this one. Texas will look for another big win at home on Friday night.

These two teams have not met expectations this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The White Sox are still very much in the mix for the AL Central division and will look to step up early. Texas will look to pick up their own play early in this one as well as they try to make a push. If either team can get the early lead, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Chicago White Sox -1 ½ (-105) -175 Over 8 (-105)
Texas Rangers +1 ½ (-115) +144 Under 8 (-115)
Team Data Chicago White Sox Texas Rangers
Overall Record 53-52 47-58
Away/ Home Record 28-23 22-29
Batting Average .258 .240
Batting Average Away/ Home .270 .237
ERA 3.92 4.10
ERA Away/ Home 3.48 4.27

Betting Trends

Chicago White Sox

  • 2-2 in August
  • 5-10 when playing on Friday
  • 26-31 in night games
  • 42-40 against right handers
  • 29-23 after a loss
  • 25-28 against team with a losing record

Texas Rangers

  • 1-3 in August games
  • 6-10 when playing on a Friday
  • 32-34 in night games
  • 29-43 against right handed starters
  • 20-25 after a win
  • 18-26 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up four times throughout this season. The first three games were in Chicago between June 10-12. The White Sox won the first game, before Texas stole the next two. The Rangers won the first game of this four game series. The score over those four games is 25-25. Chicago will look to bounce back with a much needed win though.

Offense

The White Sox have been solid hitting the ball throughout the season. Chicago has a .258 batting average, which is 3rd in the MLB. The White Sox have earned an OBP of .313, which is 16th in the league. Chicago has posted a .700 OPS, which is 17th in the MLB. The White Sox have a BA of .254 against right handers.

Texas has struggled a bit at the plate on the season. The Rangers have a batting average of .240, which is 19th in the league. Texas has put up a .301 on base percentage, which is 25th in the MLB. The Rangers have earned an OPS of .700, which is 17th in the league. Texas has hit .239 against righties this season. 

Chicago has a slight edge with the bats in their hands in this one. The White Sox had five hits and two runs in Thursday’s loss. Texas had 11 hits and three runs in that performance. The Rangers will look to keep their bats going early. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win on Friday.

Pitching Preview

Dylan Cease will likely get the start on the mound for Chicago on Friday night. Cease has earned a record of 11-4 throughout his 21 starts this season. He has put up a 2.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.17 in those outings. Cease pitched six innings in his last start against the Oakland Athletics. He gave up four hits and one run in the winning effort.

I expect Glenn Otto to get the nod at pitcher for the Rangers in this one. Otto has started in 15 games this season, going 4-7 in those games. He has posted an ERA of 5.50 and a 1.46 WHIP in those starts. Otto’s last start was against the Los Angeles Angels. He gave up four hits and four runs through five innings in the no decision.

Cease has been great this season and has won his last four starts entering this one. Otto has lost his last five decisions and will look to turn it around on Friday. Texas has a slight edge in their bullpen in this matchup. The Rangers bullpen has a 3.84 ERA, which is 13th in the league. The White Sox’s relievers have a combined ERA of 3.94, which is 15th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

The White Sox are coming off their third straight loss against Texas this season and will look to bounce back in this one. Chicago has been a strong road team all season and I think they will get their bats going early. If Cease can continue his dominance, I like the White Sox’s chances to earn a huge win on Friday night.

Bovada has Chicago listed as a -175 against the money line in this one. This implies that the White Sox will win this game around 63.6 percent of the time. I agree with this line, but I do not see a lot of value in it. Chicago is also listed at -1 ½ for -105. I think with Cease on the mound the White Sox can dominate from the start. I am taking Chicago against the spread.

The Bet
Chicago White Sox -1.5
-105
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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