Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015. At 9:10 PM EST.
The (56-63) Chicago White Sox of the American League Central Division continue their stay in the “GREAT NORTHWEST”. For the first game of a three-day set. The White Sox take on the (56-65) Seattle Mariners of the AL West in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The Best Sports Handicapper believes both the White Sox and Mariners underachieved in 2015. The only team in the division that has struggled more than Chicago is the Cleveland Indians. When are the Seattle Mariners going to be relevant again? The Seattle organization have upgraded the roster the past two seasons but are still mediocre at best. The opening betting line has Seattle as a -120 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven and a half runs for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Chicago White Sox have lost three of their last four baseball contests. The White Sox are fourth in the Division, sixteen and a half games out of the lead. Chicago is 26-35 on the road and 15-7 vs. The AL West so far in 2015.
*First Baseman Jose Abreu leads the White Sox in all five major batting categories.
*Left Fielder Melky Cabrera has a .275 batting average.
*Starting Pitcher and “ACE” Chris Sale has a rotation-best eleven victories, a 3.32 ERA with two hundred and eight strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher, David Robertson has a staff high twenty-four saved games.
*Notable injury: Relief Pitcher Daniel Webb is on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.
*The White Sox return to the South Side of Chicago on August 24th, entertaining Boston.
*The “CHISOX” are only 1-7 their last eight MLB games on the road.
*The betting odds over the total are 17-6 Chicago last twenty-three on the road.
*The Chicago White Sox are 5-5 their last ten overall. Going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five games.
*Chicago White Sox will send the Left Handed Carlos Rodon, (5-5) with a 3.65 earned run average to the hill. The 6’3″ 235 pounds North Carolina State University Alumni threw eight innings, allowing four hits and two runs his last start. A 2-1 loss at the Angles on August 17th.
*The Chicago White Sox are +6,600 to win the 2015 MLB American League Title.
The Seattle Mariners have dropped two of three and are hosting the White Sox in game-one on August 21st. Seattle is fourth in the AL West, nine and a half games out of first place. The Mariners are 26-33 at home so far this season and 10-14 vs. The AL Central.
*Right Fielder Nelson Cruz has been the batting leader since the start of the season. Cruz leads the Mariners in RBI’S, home runs, hit, on-base percentage and has a .320 batting average.
*Third Baseman Kyle Seager has seventeen home runs.
*The Seattle offense has a .404 slugging percentage this season.
*Starting Pitcher Felix Hernandez has a rotation-best fourteen wins, a 3.65 earned run average with one hundred and twenty-seven strikeouts.
*The Seattle pitching staff has a 4.22 ERA.
*Seattle begins a road trip on August 27th, in “THE WINDY CITY” vs. The White Sox.
*Notable injury: Relief Pitcher Charlie Furbush is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his bicep.
*The betting odds over the total are 17-6-3 Seattle last twenty-six in the “EMERALD CITY”.
*Seattle is only 16-37 their last fifty-three between the teams.
*The Seattle Mariners are 5-5 their last ten MLB Expert Picks overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total five with a push.
*The Seattle Mariners will send Left Hander Vidal Nuno. Who is (0-2) with a 3.14 earned run average to the pitchers mound for game two? The National City, California native went 4.1 innings, giving up nine hits and four runs his last start on August 16th, a 10-8 no decision win at Boston.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Seattle Mariners at +10,000 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
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