Two of the most disappointing teams in the American League go at it on Sunday Night Baseball as the Chicago White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels.
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox (-116, 8)
CHRIS SETS SALE FOR VICTORIES
Chris Sale is on a nice stretch of pitching ever since allowing eight runs in Cleveland to the Indians. He has made four starts since that game, giving up a total of only eight runs while picking up two wins. Sale has been a better pitcher at home throughout his career. This season is no different as he has two wins from his three starts in Chicago. The southpaw faced the Angels last season back on May 17 and he gave up just one run and five hits in just over five innings. He has shown great control on the year, walking only 12 batters in 471/3 innings of work.
WILSON IS WINNING FOR THE ANGELS
C.J. Wilson has been up and down this season despite sporting a 3-1 record. The lefty has allowed three earned runs or more in four of his seven starts. His last time out, Wilson gave up seven runs to the Astros and picked up the loss in a 7-6 game. He struck out 12 while walking two in that game. The Angels’ starter has battled with control issues, walking four or more batters in all but three starts. Wilson was on the losing end of Sale's start last year as he gave up four runs and four hits in just over three innings. Once again, walks were an issue; he allowed six free passes in that game.
Chicago's infirmary report is relatively clean. The rotation is without Gavin Floyd who had Tommy John surgery and John Danks who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Danks could rejoin the rotation within a few weeks. Gordon Beckham broke a bone in his left wrist back on April 9 and he will be out for a few more weeks. The Angels’ injury issues start with the loss of Jered Weaver. He broke his non-throwing elbow on April 7 and is still recovering. The bullpen is without Ryan Madson (elbow), Sean Burnett (forearm), and Kevin Jepsen (back). Alberto Callaspo is dealing with right calf tightness and remains out. Finally, the Halos are missing the speed of Peter Bourjos who is dealing with a strained hamstring.
*The under is 11-5 in the Angels’ last 16 Sunday games.
*Angels are 6-2 in Wilson's last eight road starts.
*White Sox are 2-5 in their last seven Sunday games.
*White Sox are 11-5 in Sale’s last 16 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
HITTERS TO WATCH
Josh Hamilton 1-for-5 vs. Sale
Mike Trout 0-for-3 vs. Sale
Jeff Keppinger 5-for-21 vs. Wilson
Alex Rios 4-for-12 vs. Wilson