Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Pick 4/24/21
Texas Rangers (9-11) vs. Chicago White Sox (10-9)
When: 7:05 p.m., Saturday, April 24
Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
Moneyline: TEX +150/CHW -160 (Get dimeline MLB betting - Risk less; win more!)
Runline: Rangers +1.5/White Sox -1.5
Starting Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (2-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 5.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)
Aberration or Redemption?
To put it mildly, 2020 was a rough year for Kyle Gibson, who posted the highest ERA of his career in his first year in Texas and appeared to be well on his way to repeating the problems that he showed last year in the season opener. In that game, Gibson couldn’t make it out of the first inning against a light-hitting Royals team and ended up giving up five runs against one out.
But since then, he’s looked like the pitcher of old and then some. Gibson has actually pitched beautifully in his past three appearances, all of which have gone into the win column for Texas. Against Baltimore, he was lights out, holding the Orioles to four hits and taking a no-decision only because the Rangers’ offense couldn’t score until the 10th inning. So far, what he’s doing looks like it could be sustainable for the season, as he’s not walking hitters and isn’t overwhelming them with a large number of strikeouts. He’s just been letting the de-fense take care of the job, and for the time being, that’s proven enough to start a rebirth in his performanc-es.
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
The White Sox have stumbled to a mediocre start out of the gates this season, and one of the biggest rea-sons is that Chicago hasn’t been able to string any kind of positive momentum together. The good news for the White Sox is that they also haven’t had too much momentum go in the wrong direction because they haven’t had a winning streak or losing streak last longer than two games this season.
Not too hot or too cold is a great thing to have in the world of cooking, but in the baseball world, it isn’t a good situation to have. The White Sox are stuck in a cycle right now. They’ve got to break out of it and string some wins together if they’re going to learn how to compete for a championship. Fortunately for Chicago, this is something that manager Tony LaRussa knows how to fix, so it’s only a matter of time before Chicago can break out of this cycle of mediocrity.
Getting the Bats Going
Don’t look now, but the bats are starting to come alive on the South Side. The slow start the White Sox got off to obscured the fact that this team has too many hitters on it to stay down for too long. The White Sox were always going to hit eventually, and the past three games are suggesting that eventually might be now. Chica-go has easily crushed the over in each of its past three contests, and in all three games, the total was so low that one team blew past it on their own.
The bookmakers appear not to have caught on to this trend yet, though, as Chicago’s facing another low total with eight the target number. With Dallas Keuchel on the mound, the over has cashed twice this year, and that was with Chicago really struggling to get going. Now that the White Sox appear on the upswing, this could be a solid opportunity.
- The Rangers are 5-2 in their past seven as an underdog.
- The Rangers are 1-5 in their past six Saturday games.
- The White Sox are 12-1 in their past 13 home games against a team below .500.
- The White Sox are 3-11 in their past 14 after a win.
- The over is 4-1 in the Rangers’ past five as an underdog.
- The under is 5-2 in the White Sox’s past seven home games.
- The Rangers are 1-4 in the past five meetings.
- The under is 4-1 in the past five meetings.
Wind won’t be a big issue here, as it’ll be just six miles per hour on a 59-degree day. If it does anything, it will help, as it’s blowing out to left-center.
The White Sox are struggling badly with consistency at the moment, and until I see them win three in a row, there’s no way I’m picking them to actually do that on the field. The bet that I like most is the over because I think the power surge from the White Sox is real and sustainable—but winning a third straight game? I’m not sure if I’m ready to buy in that one just yet.
I’ll take a shot with the underdog and back the Rangers. Bet your MLB picks FREE this week by taking advantage of a sweet 100% real cash bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at BetNow Sportsbook!