‘Desperate’ ChiSox Host Red-Hot Rangers in MLB Series of the Week

Cashing in on MLB baseball likely won’t get much easier than it will this weekend when the Chicago White Sox host the red-hot Texas Rangers in a three-game set that is this week’s BetUS MLB Series of the Week.

As usual, baseball bettors everywhere will get the insight they’ll need in order to make a plethora of bankroll-boosting wagers on this series matchup all weekend long, so let me get started.

Game 1
Friday, Aug. 19, 8:10 PM ET at U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: TEX: 103.3 ESPN CWS: WSCR 670, WRTO 1200
TV: TEX: TXA-21 CWS: WCIU

Analysis: Texas had its six-game winning streak snapped in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Angels but they will be taking on a ChiSox team that has dropped two straight coming into tonight’s matchup.

Not only will the Rangers be looking to get back in the win column in  a big way tonight, but they’ve posted a scorching 7-1 record in their last eight road games that could spell trouble for Chicago tonight.

However, Chicago will have ‘desperation’ on its side as they currently sit in third place in the AL Central just four games behind division-leading Detroit.

Tonight, the Rangers will hand the ball to left-hander Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.19 ERA) while Chicago counters with right-hander Jake Peavy (5-5, 4.69 ERA).

Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.19 ERA) had pitched at least six innings in 11 consecutive starts  but got smacked senseless in allowing six runs against Oakland on Sunday. Nevertheless, the young hurler has won five of his last seven starts and has posted a fine 2-0 record with a 3.04 ERA in four career starts against Chicago.

White Sox veteran Jake Peavy (5-5, 4.69 ERA) allowed four runs against Kansas City in his last start but tossed eight shutout innings against Minnesota in his previous start. Peavy has made two career starts against the Rangers while going 0-1 while with a 7.71 ERA.

The Pick: I know the Texas Rangers are the better ballclub here, but I think desperation, combined with the fact that Jake Peavy is still one helluva’ pitcher, will give the Rangers their second consecutive loss tonight.

The Rangers will almost certainly be exhausted after playing a night game in Los Angeles on Thursday and flying into the Windy City around 5:00 AM ET on Friday.

I like the ChiSox for the narrow SU home win here.

MLB Pick: Chicago Money Line Win

Game 2
Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:10 PM ET at U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: TEX: 103.3 ESPN CWS: WSCR 670
TV: TEX: FSSW CWS: WGN

Analysis: Right-hander Alexi Ogando (12-5, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for Texas in this Game 2 matchup, but that may not be such a good thing for the Rangers and their betting backers.

Ogando has been smacked around to the tune of 10 earned runs over his last two starts covering just nine total innings. Despite getting a win over the Angels on Monday, Ogando has allowed at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts overall. Ironically, the young hurler did manage to throw a five-hit shutout against Chicago in a 4-0 victory. on May 23

White Sox left-hander John Danks (5-9, 3.95 ERA) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning the last time out before eventually allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings to get the win over Kansas City. Danks had also allowed four earned runs in each of his previous two starts but is also 6-1 in his last seven home starts.

The Pick: Once again MLB betting enthusiasts, the Chicago White Sox are not a better ballclub than the Texas Rangers, but I’m going with them to take the second game in this series by getting a solid effort from John Danks and tagging Alexi Ogando just enough to make a narrow, one-run win stand up for the Money Line win!

MLB Pick: Chicago White Sox Money Line Win

Game 3
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2:10 PM ET at U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: TEX: 103.3 ESPN CWS: WSCR 670
TV: TEX: FSSW CWS: CSN

Analysis: Texas left-hander Derek Holland (11-4, 4.23 ERA) limited the Angels to three earned runs in his last start to get the win after getting saddled with a pair of no decisions in his previous two starts. The really good news for the Rangers and their betting backers is the fact that Holland has compiled a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.63 ERA over his last eight starts, including a stellar 6-2 mark with a 3.39 ERA on the road this season. Holland has held the opposition to two runs or less in three of his last five starts overall.

Veteran White Sox’ right-hander Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.66 ERA) allowed five earned runs on five hits in just 5.2 innings of an 8-7m loss to Cleveland the last time out.

Floyd has also allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts, including a whopping 10 earned runs against the Yankees on August 3.

While Chicago has gone 5-1 in the right-hander’s last half-dozen starts, I’m going to urge  MLB gamblers to back the Rangers as they pound the snot out of the mediocre Floyd to avoid the sweep!

Texas is 7-1 in their L/8 road games and 4-1 in their L/5 road games against a team with a losing record and I just don’t see them losing this contest! Play the mighty Rangers to get the emphatic Run Line win over Chicago in this one!

MLB Pick: Rangers Run Line Win