May 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM #52175
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
Chicago White Sox (18-21) vs Los Angeles Angels (15-26)
Friday May 17
Angels Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
CHW: Chris Sale (L)
LAA: C.J. Wilson
Moneyline: Los Angeles -113, Chicago +103
Chicago drew first blood in this series coming back against the bullpen to win the opening game 5-4. A resurgent Adam Dunn helped lead the way – he has 7 of his season long 22 hits over the last three games. He still strikes out way too much but with 9 homers already it seems like he will make a contribution this season. The White Sox sit at the bottom of the American League Central standings but are still just 4 games out. I am not sure there is a real run in these guys but they have won their last three games.
If not for one very bad outing starter Chris Sale’s numbers would look even more impressive than they already are. Speaking of impressive his last outing has been his best so far as he pitched a complete game shutout of tonight’s opponent, the Angels, allowing just a single hit while striking out 7 and walking none. It was easily one of the top performances of any starter this season and you can bet the Angels are not looking forward to seeing him again so soon. Sale has made two starts againt L.A. in his career and both ave been excellent
It was another disappointing loss last night as the Angels wasted a solid start by Jerome Williams ultimately losing 5-4. The only saving grace for L.A. is that the Astros are even worse, keeping them out of the division and league basement. The struggles of OF Josh Hamilton are well documented but this team just can’t pitch plain and simple. They have the Majors second worst ERA (again thank you Houston) and their mediocre offense hasn’t been enough. You keep expecting them to start playing better but it is looking more and more like a lost season.
The Angels counter with a lefty of their own tonight. C.J. Wilson is one of many Angels failing to live up to his massive contract and feeling the heat. He was on the losing end of the aforementioned game that Sale dominated doing his usual trick of giving up 3 runs over 6 innings. It isn’t horrible but with the way the Angels offense is struggling it isn’t getting the job done either. Wilson is certainly capable of more, two starts ago he struck out 12 Astros in another losing effort. But I guess everyone does that to Houston.
Given the struggles of the Angels I was surprised to see them as posted as favourites for this one, especially given that Sale dominated the Angels less than a week ago. This looks like a great time to try and steal some value with the dog behind the stronger pitcher. Chicago’s lineup may not be as fierce in reality as it looks on paper but they may not need much if Sale has another beauty in him.
O/U Pick: Under
Score Prediction: Chicago 4 – Los Angeles 1
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