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Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox Preview and Predictions 08-25-2019


Willie Calhoun's major-league career has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride over parts of three seasons so far, but it appears he is starting to put it together in the heart of the Texas Rangers' batting order. The 24-year-old sets his sights on going deep for a third straight day when the Rangers attempt to salvage a split of their four-game series against the host Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Calhoun has been shuttled between the majors and minors several times since arriving from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the trade for Yu Darvish in 2017 and only was brought back late last month to replace an injured Joey Gallo. He capably has filled that void and then some, batting .307 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 27 games since July 25 after going 2-for-4 in Saturday's 4-0 victory that halted a stretch during which the Rangers dropped 12 of 14 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox's brief pitching-fueled resurgence also came to an end Saturday as it allowed nine hits after giving up a total of 10 during the club's three-game winning streak. Jose Abreu registered two of the Chicago's eight singles in the loss to push him past 1,000 career hits.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Texas), NBCS Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Reynaldo Lopez (7-11, 5.25)

Burke was in position to win his major-league debut in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader after tossing six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Angels before the bullpen squandered a two-run lead in the eighth. The native of Chicago made four minor-league stops this season prior to that effort, most recently posting a 7.88 ERA in two starts with Triple-A Nashville. Burke will face the White Sox for the first time after allowing Angels right-handed hitters to go 2-for-16.

Lopez has been roughed up in his last two road outings, getting tagged for five runs over 5 1/3 innings on the road against the Angels on Aug. 15 and seven - three earned - in six frames at Minnesota on Tuesday. Despite the back-to-back losses, the 25-year-old is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break after going 4-8 with a 6.34 mark in the first half of the season. Rougned Odor is 4-for-9 with a home run versus Lopez, who settled for a no-decision after permitting three runs over 5 1/3 innings in Texas on June 21.

WALK-OFFS

1. Calhoun has recorded seven multi-hit performances over his last 11 games.

2. Abreu is batting .377 with seven doubles, five homers and 21 RBIs over his last 20 contests.

3. Chicago SS Tim Anderson finished 1-for-4 on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games - a stretch during which he is batting .438 with eight multi-hit efforts.

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U.S. Cellular Field
Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Capacity: 41,432

Last Injuries

Chicago White Sox

  • Dylan Covey

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Covey is on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness, and it is unlikely that he will make another scheduled start this season.

  • Tim Anderson

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Anderson is not expected to play Monday against the Twins due to a day of rest.

  • Leury Garcia

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Garcia is away from the team due to the passing of his grandmother and is allowed to miss up to a maximum of seven games.

  • Tim Anderson

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Anderson is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Angels as he will likely receive a routine day off for rest.

Texas Rangers

  • Logan Forsythe

    Ribs
    Out indefinitely | out

    Forsythe is out of action due to tightness in his left intercostal muscle, and it is unclear how long he will away from the field.

  • Jeff Mathis

    Back
    Out indefinitely | out

    Mathis is sidelined due to a lower-back strain, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Jordan Romano

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Romano has sat out the past three games with a sprained right ankle, and it is unclear if he will be available Thursday against the Orioles.

  • Scott Heineman

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Heineman missed his fifth consecutive game with a bout of strep throat, and his availability for Sunday's contest against the Athletics is up in the air.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list after having right elbow surgery. He is expected to be out of commission until at least latter half of September.

  • Nomar Mazara

    Oblique
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Mazara is sidelined with tightness in his left oblique. It is unclear if he will return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Athletics.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Hunter Pence 83 69 286 53 85 17 1 18 59 158 6 69 1 .297 .552 .358
Asdrubal Cabrera 29 25 101 16 30 8 1 4 30 52 4 14 0 .297 .515 .371
Danny Santana 121 103 444 73 127 22 6 25 71 236 18 143 6 .286 .532 .320
Jose Trevino 33 25 91 15 25 7 0 2 10 38 0 21 0 .275 .418 .292
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jose Leclerc 66 3 194 94 5 47 7 1 30 0 0 5 38 1217
Jesse Chavez 48 9 234 72 5 82 12 0 48 0 0 2 22 1307
Shawn Kelley 48 0 134 41 2 49 9 1 21 0 0 2 8 713
Brett Martin 47 2 176 57 2 67 6 2 33 0 0 1 16 954
Adrian Sampson 33 15 363 97 9 150 27 1 81 0 0 3 35 1987
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 86 76 0 50 10 6 0 4
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 61 51 0 12 5 3 0 3
Jose Trevino 33 25 1 7 5 1 0 1
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 29 25 0 0 0 7 0 0