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Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Betting Analysis and Prediction

The Chicago White Sox are scheduled to open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers on the MLB Schedule for Thursday, August 4th, in Arlington, Texas.

The White Sox are playing great baseball and are in the middle of a fierce battle in the American League post-season race, while the Rangers have been fading away from contention for quite some time. 

We’re going to analyze both teams’ recent performances and starting pitching to make our White Sox vs. Rangers betting predictions, getting you ready for Thursday’s game.

The first pitch of the White Sox and Rangers from Globe Life Field is scheduled for 8:05 PM EDT.

White Sox and Rangers Previous Matchups Scoreboards

In their most recent outing, the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-1. The Rangers closed out the three-game series, with Kansas City winning the final two games of the series.

The Texas Rangers are not entering the series with the Chicago White Sox in winning form. The Rangers lost their last outing to the Baltimore Orioles 6-3. Texas lost all three games in the series against the Orioles.

White Sox vs. Rangers Betting Analysis

White Sox Analysis

The Chicago White Sox enter the three-game series against the Texas Rangers in the middle of the American League Wild Card battle and only two games behind the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

In recent times, the White Sox have been playing like a team that wants to make the playoffs and is in the middle of a battle for multiple possible post-season opportunities.

In their last ten games, the Chicago White Sox are 7-3, averaging 4.2 runs per game and 2.9 runs per game against.

The White Sox are averaging 4.37 runs per game across the 2022 season, ranking them 17th in MLB. The White Sox have averaged 4.46 runs per game in the 2022 season. 

White Sox’s Offense

What does this tell us? In their recent run of success, Chicago’s offense has produced at an average level while holding the opposition to minimal offensive output. Maybe it’s the White Sox pitching staff and defense playing great, or maybe it’s competition.

In this 10-game stretch, eight games were against teams out of post-season contention: the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Colorado Rockies.

Johnny Cueto Analysis

As for pitching, Chicago has right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto scheduled to start. Cueto has a record of 4-4 in 14 appearances, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

The White Sox are 3-2 in Cueto’s five most recent outings, with Cueto averaging six and 2/3rds innings pitched, 6.2 hits against, and an ERA of 1.6.

Notably, both of the losses in Cueto’s recent outings came against American League Central rivals the Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins, who Chicago is fighting against for a post-season opportunity.

Rangers Analysis

If the Texas Rangers intended on making the post-season, you’re not wrong for questioning their motivation and execution.

The American League West Division Title has been out of reach since the Houston Astros showed up to Spring Training.

With wildcard rivals the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox playing inspired and winning baseball, the Rangers’ recent run of form has them tumbling down the standings and out of post-season contention altogether. 

Texas currently sits 21 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West Division and nine games behind the final American League Wild Card Spot.

Rangers’ Offense

In their last 10-games, the Texas Rangers are 3-7, averaging 3.4 runs per game for and giving up 4.7 runs per game against.

Texas’ recent lack of offensive production has lowered their 2022 runs per game average down to 4.49, still ranking them 11th in all of MLB. This recent run of poor form has raised the Rangers’ average runs per game against up to 4.52, ranking Texas 22nd in MLB.

Cole Ragans Analysis

Looking toward the future, the Texas Rangers have 2016 first-round pick left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener against Chicago.

This will be Ragan’s long-awaited MLB debut after having two Tommy John surgeries in 2018 and 2019. Ragans has split time between AA and AAA in 2022, going 3-2 in 8 appearances in AAA, with a 3.32 ERA and an impressive WHIP of 1.06.

MLB Injury Report

As of publication, there are no significant line-up changes or injuries to report. The only real changes to report are within the betting odds.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

The Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers might be a great addition to your MLB picks today. And early movement in the betting odds suggests others are looking at the White Sox vs. Rangers for their MLB betting today.

The Chicago White Sox are the favorite on the Moneyline, with their odds fluctuating from -125 up to -132, then back down to -128 in the last twelve hours. The Texas Rangers are the underdog, currently listed at +108, reaching odds as high as +112.

The over/under is set at 8.5. The over is currently listed at -110. As of twelve hours ago, the over was listed as high as -118. The under has slowly gained betting momentum, moving from +100 to -108 overnight.

The run line is set to 1.5. The White Sox are again the favorite, but after an early increase from +125 to +140, Chicago is currently listed at +135.

The Texas Rangers’ odds on the run line have fluctuated within the last three hours, moving from -154 to a high of -167, currently settled in at -161.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers Betting Prediction

What do the White Sox and Rangers’ season statistics reveal? Both teams can hit the ball, although only one team is doing so with any success in recent games.

We know the Rangers will be starting a rookie. In our opinion, there are two outcomes: the Chicago White Sox win or a pitcher throws a gem in their MLB debut.

With this in mind, we think the run line provides the best value for picking the Chicago White Sox in your MLB picks today. Our pick is the Chicago White Sox (+1.5) on the Run Line at +135.

MLB Pick: White Sox +1.5 (+135)

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