White Sox: Previewing the weekend series against the Rangers
After the White Sox won the series 2-1 against the Minnesota Twins, the team travels down to Texas to face the Rangers.
The White Sox have already faced the Rangers. And, if things go well, the Sox will add a few more wins to their coffers.
The Sox already have three wins and one loss against the 2018 rangers, with both teams scoring 17 runs at Guaranteed Rate Field. The three wins were credited to Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Luis Avilan. James Shields started the game that Avilan won. Carson Fulmer earned the loss in the one game that the Rangers won.
Probable pitching match-ups
The probable pitchers should keep the games interesting. On Friday, Dylan Covey is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo. Several Sox have had success against Gallardo. In fact, Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and Omar Narvaez have batting averages of .400 against him. Avisail Garcia has two home runs off of him
Carlos Rodon is scheduled to toe the rubber against Bartolo Colon on Saturday. While Colon has his flaws, he can be tough. However, the Sox staff has seen some success against him, especially Yolmer Sanchez.
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The series ends on Sunday with Reynaldo Lopez against Cole Hamels. These two have the closest stats with as Hamels has a 3.61 ERA and Lopez has a 3.73. Of the Sox hitters, Abreu has done well against Hamels. He might be the toughest lot of the three pitchers that Sox will face, but he does give up home runs. In fact, he’s given up 20 so far in 2018. Only Jacob Junis has given up more home runs in 2018.
Subtle differences in series
The last time the Sox faced the Rangers the team had a slightly different look. Avisail Garcia was on the DL and Welington Castillo was still behind the dish. Trayce Thompson was in right field and Carson Fulmer was still up with the big league.
The Rangers have the same hitters who can do the same damage. Of course, Joey Gallo hits home runs, but his .190 batting average shows that he doesn’t hit much else. Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara, and Robinson Chiniros are the only other players with double-digit home runs. There is always Adrian Beltre to watch out for; he has the best batting average on the team. He’s the only hitter who is batting over .300 on the Rangers squad.
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Friday’s game begins at 7:05. Saturday’s starts at 8:05. And, on Sunday, you can see the Sox play at 2:05. Go, Sox!