Texas vs Chicago MLB Free Picks
On Saturday afternoon, the Texas Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox in matinee MLB online betting action. The Rangers (10-6) are in first place in the American League West and swept the Houston Astros in a three-game series that finished Thursday. The Rangers and White Sox open their series on Friday night. The White Sox (10-6) are in second place in the American League Central but just fell to the Los Angeles Angeles, 3-2, on Thursday.
Texas Rangers vs Chicago White Sox MLB Free Picks
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 2:10pm Eastern time
Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
TV: FSSW, CSCh
Radio: 105.3 FM The Fan Dallas
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Colby Lewis (1-0, 4.00 ERA) (TEX) vs Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.73 ERA) (CHW)
Why should you bet on Texas?
Colby Lewis takes the hill for the Rangers in this afternoon game. Last year, he was 2-0 in his two starts against Chicago, and in eight starts against the Sox since the 2010 season, he has posted a 2.06 ERA. So far this season, Lewis has made three starts. In the first inning, he has combined to allow four runs — but then he has only allowed four other runs in the remainder of his innings. He doesn’t have an overpowering fastball, but his strong location makes him tough to hit hard. The Sox are starting Carlos Rodon, who only lasted a third of an inning in his start on Monday. Prince Fielder, Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields all have .333 career averages against Rodon, and Hanser Alberto is hitting .500.
Why should you put your money on the White Sox?
The White Sox are off to a strong start, and even though they split their four-game set with the Angels, they still have solid momentum. Chicago has not had this good a start in 10 years. Their closer, David Robertson, is six for six in saves this season, and Jose Abreu is playing well in his shift from first base to the designated hitter role. Last season, he hit 19 points higher as the DH than he did when he was in the lineup at first base. With the Rangers coming to town, this series should feature plenty of offense.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Colby Lewis to outduel Carlos Rodon and control the White Sox offense. I’m predicting a 5-3 Ranger win.