The Chicago White Sox will travel to take on the Seattle Mariners in their first game of a three-game series Monday, April 5th. Last season the White Sox had a record of 35-25 and made it to the playoffs.
The White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 2 games to 1 in the wild card series. After that series, loss manager Rick Renteria was fired with a record of 236-309 and was replaced by Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa.
La Russa is has won the World Series 3 times and has been there a total of six times. There are high expectations for the White Sox as they come into the season with +900 odds to win the World Series, which is third in the MLB.
The Mariners went 27-33 last season and finished third in the AL West, and missed the playoffs by two games. The Mariners this season have 100/1 odds to win the World Series and +2500 odds to win the American League West.
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Chicago is led by first baseman Jose Abreu who hit .317 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI’s, which was the most in the MLB. Shortstop Tim Anderson hit .322 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI’s. Luis Robert helped by adding 11 home runs and 31 RBI’s in the 2020 season.
The White Sox will be missing left-fielder Eloy Jimenz for about six months as he has a torn pectoral muscle. Last season Jimenz batted .296 with 14 home runs and 14 RBI’s. The Sox also added Adam Eaton in the offseason, who played well for the Nationals last season.
The White Sox lost three of its four games against the Angels after coming into the series as the slight favorite. Chicago had a chance to win the last game after tying it up 4-4, but the Angels were able to win with a three-run walk-off home run by Jared Walsh off relief pitcher Matt Foster.
Even though the Sox have gotten off to a slow start, there are also positives. Catcher Yermin Mercedes is hitting .643 with a home run, and six RBI’s in 14 at-bats. Jose Abreu has 4 RBI’s and a homer, and Eaton has a home run and has driven in three runs in the first four games.
The lefty Carlos Rondon will be starting against the Mariners. Rondon was 0-2 with an ERA of 8.22 and 1.75 WHIP.
Liam Hendrix is Seattle’s closer, and he closed 14 of 15 games last season for the A’s, putting up an ERA of 1.78 and a WHIP of 0.67. He struck out 37 batters and only walked 3.
The Mariners are 2-1 after taking on the Giants in their opening series. Right Fielder Mitch Hangier hit .308 with a home run, and Dylan Moore drove in four of the team’s 15 runs.
Justus Sheffield will make the start on Monday for Seattle. Last season he made 10 starts and had a 4-3 record with an ERA of 3.58 and a 1.30 WHIP.
He had a 48:20 strikeout to walks ratio in 55 ⅓ innings. Rafael Montero is the Mariner’s closer, pitching 17 games, posting an ERA of 4.08 and a 1.02 WHIP, and eight saves in eight opportunities.
The Mariners will play Monday’s game without Kyle Lewis, who is on the 10-day IL due to his knee. Last season Lewis drove in 28 runs and hit a team-high 11 home runs.
The White Sox are 0-5 in Rondon’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record. The Mariners are 4-0 in Sheffields last 4 home starts.
The White Sox will be playing for their fifth day in a row and will need to use a variety of relief pitchers. Rondon only made 5 appearances in 2020 and didn’t last more than 3 ⅔ innings.
Sheffield was great for the Seattle Mariners at home in 2020, posting a 3-1 record and 2.43 ERA in five home starts. I think Sheffield will have a solid performance against the White Sox, and the bullpen is rested since they did not play on Sunday. I’m taking the Mariners as the underdog for +111 money line.
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