MLB Picks: Darvish & Rangers vs. White Sox

Joe Freda

Saturday, August 24, 2013 2:45 PM GMT

Saturday’s rematch has White Sox southpaw Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA) slated to face Rangers righty Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68 ERA).

The Chicago White Sox saw a six-game winning streak end with Friday’s 11-6 defeat to the Texas Rangers, who cashed at plus 112 MLB odds

Rangers, Kinsler outslug Chi-Sox

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler drilled an inside-the-park home run in Friday’s victory, while both clubs finished with 11 hits. Texas’ Adam Rosales notched three RBIs, poking a long ball and sacrifice fly.

White Sox mates Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham drove in two runs each, uniting to hit 3-for-8. Chicago’s Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn were both held to 0-for-4 nights, leaving eight men on base.

Santiago stays stingy in Minny

Santiago picked up his first winning decision in 10 starts with Sunday’s 5-2 victory for Chicago over the Minnesota Twins. The New Jersey native allowed one earned run over six frames, cashing as a 120 road dog.

Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez cracked a homer and double, logging three RBIs. White Sox relievers Matt Lindstrom and Addison Reed came away with a hold and save, respectively, giving up one hit over the final three frames.

Darvish falls short as ‘chalk’ 

Darvish notched a no-decision on the same day’s card in a 4-3 defeat for Texas to the Seattle Mariners. The 27-year-old gave up three runs over 7 1/3 innings, failing to cash as a 250 home favorite.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan logged his staff’s loss, surrendering Seattle’s go-ahead run in the ninth inning. Texas was edged in hits, 10-5, while the contest’s combined seven runs ducked UNDER the ‘total’ of eight.

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Back the UNDER in Chi-town

William Hill opened Darvish as a 200 road favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 7 ½ (UNDER minus 120). The weather forecast in Chicago calls for a clear 75 degrees, with calm winds blowing inward.

I am adding the UNDER in this matchup to Saturday’s sports picks, looking for Friday’s octane to drop with these starters on the hill.

Darvish has allowed a tight 0.89 WHIP and .235 OBP over his 10 road starts, giving up just five earned runs in the span’s latest three outings (21 IP). The UNDER is 4-1 in Darvish’s last five spots away from home, while going 6-2 in Texas’ last eight duels that came after a victory.

Santiago has tossed better ball than his record indicates, allowing 14 earned runs in his last six home starts (35 2/3 IP). Chicago has seen the UNDER cash at 6-0 in its last six contests as an underdog, while the same wager is 6-2-1 in the team’s last nine spots after a defeat.

Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt is slated behind home plate, with the UNDER collecting at a 5-4 clip over the Atlanta native’s last nine affairs of calling balls and strikes. Look for UNDER backers to get the money again here, adding the wager’s 16-5-1 mark in Chicago’s last 22 matchups against right-handed starters.

Free Pick: UNDER 7 ½ at William Hill