The Los Angeles Angels (35-40) welcome the Chicago White Sox (34-37) to Angel Stadium as the two clubs begin a three-game set on Monday. The Angels are 2-4 in their last six games while the White Sox have just one win over their last five outings. Find out which club can get back on track in our White Sox vs Angels prediction.
White Sox vs Angels Odds & Analysis
The Angels opened as the home favorite at -125 on the moneyline while the White Sox are getting +115 on the road. The total was set at 8.5 runs with the UNDER going 11-3 in Los Angeles’ last 14 games and 4-1 in Chicago’s last five contests. Los Angeles has dominated this matchup in recent years with 14 wins over the last 20 meetings – a clear edge to the hosts in our White Sox vs Angels prediction.
Noah Syndergaard (4-6) will try to snap a four-game losing streak when he takes the mound for the Angels. The right-hander was nailed for eight hits, five earned runs and two homers in his last outing on June 20 against the Kansas City Royals. Syndergaard has a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP through 58.1 innings this season.
Lucas Giolito (4-4) gets the ball for the White Sox in his 13th start of the year. Giolito’s last start was his worst of the season as he surrendered 11 hits, seven earned runs and two homers in just five innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 22. The right-hander owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 63.1 innings.
Cease Master Class Helps White Sox Snap Skid
Chicago snapped a four-game losing skid last time out with a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Gavin Sheets smashed a two-run homer in the second while Andrew Vaughn and Seby Zavala each had an RBI to round out the scoring. Dylan Cease was outstanding on the mound as he scattered four hits and gave up just one earned run while recording a career-high 13 strikeouts through seven innings.
The White Sox will want to get their bats going in this upcoming series as the club is averaging just 1.75 runs per game over its last four outings. Chicago has had a peculiar season at the plate, ranking fourth in the majors in hits per game (8.74) but 21st in runs scored per game (4.14).
Angels Pick Up Win After Bench-Clearing Brawl
The Angels avoided a sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, picking up a 2-1 win to close out the three-game set. Los Angeles trailed 1-0 going into the seventh inning until Luis Rengifo hit a solo shot and David MacKinnon knocked in the go-ahead run to put the Angels up. Jose Suarez came into the game in relief in the second inning and gave up just one run over six innings while fanning eight to earn the win.
Perhaps the real game of the story, though, was the second-inning brawl that ensued after Angels starter Andrew Wantz threw a ball near the head of Julio Rodriguez before hitting Jesse Winker with a pitch. The benches cleared after Winker was hit and several punches were thrown, with both managers and six players eventually ejected. Wantz’s actions were, at least according to the Mariners, a form of retaliation for a near miss at Mike Trout’s head in Saturday’s meeting.
White Sox vs Angels Pick & Insights
White Sox: Keys To Victory
Chicago needs to get its offense going and that starts with slugger Jose Abreu. The 2020 AL MVP has struggled this season, hitting .267 with just nine home runs and 32 RBIs. Abreu is batting .309 in June, though, with an OPS of just under .900 – perhaps a sign that he and the White Sox can turn things around at the plate.
Angels: Keys To Victory
Monday’s matchup should serve as a prime opportunity for Syndergaard to build some confidence on the mound. The right-hander has struggled this season in his return after missing virtually all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery, but he should be able to take advantage of a struggling Chicago team.
MLB Computer Pick: Angels -135
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