MLB Picks: Rangers vs. White Sox Betting Odds & Preview

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 23, 2013 2:30 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 2:30 PM UTC

The Texas Rangers have the best road record in the American League and they prepare to take on the Chicago White Sox this Friday.

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Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball betting lines for this matchup at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET. Who do the MLB odds favor in this game?

Hitting the road

Texas went 5-3 on its recent eight-game homestand, which ended with a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros as -316 favorites Wednesday, while going ‘Over’ the betting total of 8.5.

The Rangers are 36-26 on the road this season, including a 9-7 mark as underdogs of +100 to +125 in that situation.

Riding high

Chicago returns home riding a season-high six-game winning streak, with the ‘Under’ going 5-1 in that span.

The White Sox have a great opportunity to continue their winning ways, as they’ve gone 28-17 at home versus the Rangers since 2001.

It’s important to point out that the club is 7-9 with a money line of -100 to -125 when playing at this ballpark this season.


Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (6-3, 3.48 ERA) has led the squad to four consecutive victories, including a 15-3 blowout win at home over the Seattle Mariners, as he allowed three runs and eight hits over seven frames.

The left-hander is 4-2 with a 4.46 ERA in seven road games, surrendering seven home runs in 42.1 combined innings.

Perez will be facing the White Sox for the first time in his career.


White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (9-11, 2.78 ERA) enters on a three-game winning streak, with the offense supplying 17 runs of support over that span—something that hasn’t been the case for much of the season.

The left-hander is 5-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 11 home games, with opposing hitters batting .195 against him.

In seven career outings (three starts) versus the Rangers, Sale has registered a perfect 3-0 record and 3.38 ERA, including a 5-2 road victory on May 1st.



The White Sox are 6-13 in their last 19 games as home favorites; so, for their sports picks, I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers in this spot.

MLB Pick: Take the Rangers +105 on the money line at William Hill

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