We’re going to examine Wednesday’s American League clash between the Angels and White Sox. Will either one of these teams be able to solve their hitting woes versus left-handed pitchers this season?
White Sox look for Three Game Sweep of Angels
The Angels and White Sox will play the finale of their three game series on Wednesday. The first pitch at US Cellular Field in Chicago is slated for 8:10 PM ET. The White Sox will look to complete a three game sweep tonight, following an 8-2 win on Monday, and a 3-0 triumph yesterday. A pair of southpaw starting pitchers will be on the mound for their respective teams this evening. The Angels impressive youngster Andrew Heaney will be opposed by White Sox veteran John Danks.
Angels Bats go Silent
The Angels have been anemic offensively over the past week. They’re averaging a paltry 2.7 runs per game during their previous seven contests, and were held scoreless on three separate occasions. The Halos have also gone 19-8-1 under the total versus southpaw starting pitchers this year, and possess a dismal .230 team batting average in that role.
Andrew Heaney has Been a Shining Star
When Andrew Heaney was called up from the Angels AAA affiliate earlier this season, there was a sense of reserved optimism. After all, Heaney was unimpressive in five starts and two relief appearances with Miami last season. Those outings for the Marlins were his first ever opportunity in the big leagues, and his 5.83 ERA was far from a jaw dropping performance line. However, he’s prospered with his new club in 2015, going 7-1 in his team starts with an outstanding 2.45 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Tonight will be the first start of his career versus the White Sox.
White Sox Struggle Facing Lefties
Granted Chicago was a 3-0 winner last night against southpaw starter Hector Santiago, but the 4 hits in that victory did little to alleviate issues they’ve encountered versus left-handed starting pitching. The White Sox are averaging only 2.9 runs per game and hitting a pathetic .217 as a team in twenty-one contests against lefty starters. On a different note, Chicago is now 34-19-1 under the total at US Cellular Field in 2015.
Cagey Veteran Danks Hot Streak at Home
Jon Danks 2015 pitching resume isn’t going to make anyone stand up and notice. He’s posted a lofty 4.64 ERA during his twenty-one starts. There is a recent shining light that he can certainly build off of. In his last three starts at home, Danks posted an excellent 0.49 ERA. Danks has gone 10-2 under the total this season when the posted total is 7.0 to 8.5. According to all current MLB odds at major sportsbooks, the total for tonight is listed as either 8.0 or 8.5.
I firmly believe that the struggles of both teams when facing southpaws will continue tonight. Consequently, I like this game to be a low scoring contest for one of my MLB picks on Wednesday. 5Dimes clearly gives us the best combination of number and price pertaining to this specific wager.
MLB Pick: Angles and White Sox under 8.5 (-120) at 5Dimes.