Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Prediction and Pick
When: Friday, September 17, 2021 – 8:05pm EST
Where: Globe Life Field
Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Probable Pitchers:
- White Sox: Dylan Cease (11-7, 4.22 ERA)
- Rangers: Taylor Hearn (6-4, 3.99 ERA)
Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Prediction
I know it’s been an awful stretch for the White Sox. Offensively, their heads aren’t necessarily in the game at this moment. It’s got to change at some point, and I think they’ve got the right matchup to change it tonight.
Taylor Hearn will take the mound for the Rangers. An opening day reliever-turned-starter is now taking the mound for the Rangers. He’s given them a solid amount of work and deserves some credit.
Hearn has allowed 12 hits, six runs, and four home runs in his last two games through 13 innings. He’s limited walks to none and has also struck out six batters in those 13 innings.
Hearn, as a reliever, used to walk the world, and strikeouts were also high. Now that he’s pitching longer, he’s toning it down a notch to go deep in games.
In the last 30 days, Hearn has had a 4.71 xFIP with a 17.1 percent strikeout percentage. Again, his walks have been really low, but he’s still capable of walking plenty of batters any given day. He’s inducing just 39.1 percent ground balls along with 21.3 percent line drives. Beyond that, he’s giving up 48.9 percent hard contact.
The left-hander is just home run prone at this point, giving up 17 home runs in 90.1 innings of work. He’s allowed 40 earned runs, and half of those are from home runs alone.
While he has a higher wOBA and ISO to lefties, he’s also struggled to induce many ground balls to righties at just 37.7 percent and is giving up more line-drive contact to righties at 23.2 percent.
Righties should probably be the side with higher wOBA and ISO numbers when you look at the stats.
The White Sox have plenty of power in the lineup, and if you didn’t know that, you’ve been living under a rock.
If you go down the lineup for the White Sox, each player has insane potential power, especially against lefties.
Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, Gavin Sheets and others. The list goes on and on. Of course, all of these guys are righties, but Sheets, as a lefty, might not be a bad option against Hearn either.
The White Sox hit 42.7 percent ground balls, and 25.7 percent line drives against lefties in the last 30 days. There’s so much power potential in this lineup going up against Hearn.
With the line set at 2.5 for the White Sox first five team total, we’ll take the Over 2.5 in thighs matchup. Again, a couple of walks and a home run is all we’ll need. This is still a guy walking nine percent of batters faced despite walking less than two percent in the last 30 days. He’s capable of imploding and has plenty of times this season.