Angels vs White Sox Prediction MLB Experts Picks 6/27
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- Jun 27, 2023, 7:12:34 AM
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Chicago White Sox vs Los Angeles Angels – Preview and Prediction
The Chicago White Sox are taking on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on June 27, 2023, at 6:38 PM. Despite the White Sox's underdog status in this game, there are reasons to believe they could keep the game competitive. This article offers an in-depth analysis of the matchup and explains a final prediction.
Chicago White Sox – Team Insight
Michael Kopech, the right-hander, will be on the mound for the White Sox. He’s been relatively solid this season with a 3-6 record, 4.06 ERA, and 1.29 WHIP over 82.0 innings. His 94 strikeouts show he has swing-and-miss stuff. Although he has given up 16 home runs, Kopech’s high strikeout rate could keep the Angels’ hitters off-balance.
The White Sox’s offense has shown sparks of brilliance, especially with Luis Robert Jr., who has hit 22 home runs and boasts a .272 batting average. Andrew Benintendi and Andrew Vaughn have also contributed, with Vaughn driving in 45 runs.
Norge Vera is day-to-day and Liam Hendriks is on the 15-day IL. However, the White Sox still have enough depth to keep this game competitive.
Los Angeles Angels – Team Insight
Shohei Ohtani will be on the mound for the Angels. He’s having a fantastic season with a 6-3 record, 3.13 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP over 89.0 innings. Additionally, Ohtani is a threat on the offensive end as well, with 26 home runs and a .297 batting average. While Ohtani is undoubtedly a star player, his dual-role as a hitter and pitcher could affect his stamina as the game progresses.
Apart from Ohtani, the Angels don’t have many consistent contributors on the offensive end. They have been reliant on Ohtani’s heroics both as a pitcher and a hitter.
The Angels have multiple players on the injury list, including Matt Moore, Ben Joyce, Eduardo Escobar, Zach Neto, and Mickey Moniak. This could affect their depth and performance during the game.
Despite the Angels being the favorites, the White Sox have the potential to keep this game close. Kopech’s ability to miss bats can be a vital asset in keeping the Angels' offense at bay. Moreover, the White Sox have shown that they can put runs on the board, especially with Luis Robert Jr. in the lineup.
Another factor to consider is the Angels' recent performances and injuries. They have lost 3 of their last 5 games, and their injury list is extensive. This could lead to fatigue and a lack of depth, particularly in the later innings.
While the Angels might still edge out a victory due to Ohtani’s brilliance, there's a strong possibility that the White Sox will keep the game within a run or two. Betting on the White Sox to cover the +1.5 run line could be a wise decision, as they have enough pitching and hitting potential to keep this game closer than the odds suggest.
Pick: White Sox +1.5