Tonight's game marks the first meeting of the Texas Rangers (44-27) and Chicago White Sox (31-42) this season. They are two teams that have surprised most of the national media. The Rangers have exceeded expectations, while the White Sox have been underachievers.
Texas Rangers schedule versus the Chicago White Sox
Date and Time
Rangers Probable Pitcher
White Sox Probable Pitcher
Mon 19th - 7:10 CT
Andrew Heaney LHP 4-4, 4.05 ERA, 70 SO
Tanner Banks LHP 0-1, 3.86 ERA, 10 SO
Tues 20th - 7:10 CT
Nathan Eovaldi RHP 9-3, 2.59 ERA, 92 SO
Dylan Cease RHP 3-3, 4.31 ERA, 91 SO
Wed 21st - 7:10 CT
Martin Perez LHP 6-3, 4.54 ERA, 54 SO
Michael Kopech RHP 3-5, 3.92 ERA, 89 SO
Texas still finds themselves in first place in the AL West. They are leading the Los Angeles Angels by 4.5 games and the Houston Astros by 5.5. The White Sox are currently in fourth place in the lackluster AL Central. Despite their rough record, the Sox find themselves only 5.5 games out of first place.
Chicago has struggled both offensively and with their pitching. They have a -57 run differential as they have scored 299 runs and allowed 356. The Rangers boast the MLB leading run differential of 148. Texas has scored 434 runs and allowed 286.
Bruce Bochy will be shaking up a couple of key pieces of the Rangers' lineup. Nathaniel Lowe will move from his usual third spot in the order and instead hit fifth. Filling Lowe's normal spot will be rookie phenom Josh Jung. The move is not a huge deal but is nice to see. Outside of yesterday's offensive explosion, the Rangers have been struggling lately to score runs at a clip that they have been accustomed to. Flip flopping the corner infielders in the lineup seems like a logical place to start.
Last season the Rangers won the season series against the White Sox, 4-3. They will square off against each other one more time in the regular season. That series will take place in Arlington, the first week of August and is also a three-game variety.
This is another big series for the Rangers as they hope to use the positive momentum that they gained over the weekend by taking the home series against the Toronto Blue Jays. This three-game series against Chicago will have a road off day at the end of it. The team will then get ready for a slate of 17 games, in 17 days. It's summertime in Texas and the Rangers are doing work.