Los Angeles Angels Vs. Chicago White Sox (4/30/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

This season the Los Angeles Angels have won 13 of their first 20 games and in first place in the American League West.  The Angels are +3000 to win the 2022 World Series, they won their only championship in 2002.  Los Angeles last made the playoffs in 2014, losing to the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the ALDS.  To begin the season the Angels were listed at -115 to make the playoffs.  In his second stint as the White Sox manager, Tony LaRussa is second all-time in wins by a manager and has won three World Series titles in his managerial career.  Chicago has started the season winning seven out of their first 18 games.  The White Sox are +1500 to win their first World Series title since 2005.  They’ve made the playoffs three times since winning their last championship.

Angels Vs. White Sox Betting Odds

The Angels are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series.  Over is 6-2-2 in Los Angeles’s last 10 during game two of a series.  The Angels are 4-0 in their last four games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.  The White Sox are 2-6 in their last eight Saturday games.  Chicago is 2-7 in their last nine during game two of a series.  Under is 4-1-1 in the White Sox last six Saturday games.

Los Angeles Angels Starting Lineup

RF Taylor Ward R
DH Shohei Ohtani L
CF Mike Trout R
1B Jared Walsh L
3B Anthony Rendon R
LF Brandon Marsh L
C Max Stassi R
2B Tyler Wade L
SS Andrew Velazquez S

Los Angeles Angels Vs. Vince Velasquez (R)

The Angels feature two of the best players in Major League Baseball, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.  Mike Trout, who’s 2021 campaign was cut short due to injury is hitting .352 to start the 2022 season.  The three-time American League MVP has hit six doubles, a triple, five home runs, 10 runs driven in with 42 total bases this year.  Trout is slugging .755 with an incredible OPS of 1.255.  When healthy, Trout makes the case he’s easily the best player in all Major League Baseball.  The 2021 American League MVP, Shohei Ohtani, the modern-day Babe Ruth with his ability to dominant on the mound had a tremendous season at the plate last year crushing 46 home runs, knocking in 100 runs with an OPS of .965.  This season he has 32 total bases, four doubles, three home runs, 10 runs knocked in.  Additionally, he’s slugging .400 with an .691 OPS in 2022.

Outfielder Jo Adell has three doubles, three home runs, 26 total bases, eight runs knocked in with an OPS of .715 in 2022.  Taylor Ward is crushing the ball to begin the 2022 season, hitting .381 in his first 42 at-bats.  He’s hit two doubles, four home runs (second on the club), 32 total bases, second on the team in runs batted in with 11 and an awesome 1.271 OPS.  Brandon Marsh is leading the Angels in runs batted in with 15.  He’s hitting .340 with three doubles, two home runs, 25 total bases with a .943 OPS.

Vince Velasquez is 0-2 this season in three starts with an ERA of 6.75 and a 1.833 WHIP.  He’s struck out 13 batters in 12 innings while allowing nine runs this season.  Velasquez has a career record of 31-46 with an ERA of 4.98 and a 1.400 WHIP. 

Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup

SS Tim Anderson R
CF Luis Robert R
1B Jose Abreu R
C Yasmani Grandal S
LF Andrew Vaughn R
DH Gavin Sheets L
RF AJ Pollock R
2B Leury Garcia S
3B Jake Burger R

Chicago White Sox Vs. Jose Suarez (Left)

In 2021 Jose Abreu hit .261 with 30 home runs, 30 doubles, two triples, drove in 117 runs and accumulated 272 total bases.  Abreu, the 2020 American League MVP has gone over 100 runs batted in, six times in his career.  This season he has three doubles, two home runs, 22 total bases, six runs batted in with an OPS of .635. 

Tim Anderson who won the American League batting title in 2019 is hitting .288 to begin the 2022 season.  He has four doubles, two home runs, 27 total bases with a .458 slugging percentage and an OPS of .769.  Third baseman Jake Burger is hitting .277 in his first 47 at-bats this season.  Burger has two doubles, two home runs, five runs batted in with an OPS of .738. 

Luis Robert’s 2021 season was hampered by a right hip flexor tear, causing him to be out from May 3rdthrough August 9th.  From that point until the end of the year, Robert slashed .350/.389/.622 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles, 35 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 43 games.  In 2022, Robert has two doubles, two home runs, 17 total bases and a .609 OPS.  Andrew Vaughn leads the White Sox in batting average (.300), home runs (four), runs batted in (12), slugging percentage (.600) and OPS (.975).  The first-round pick in 2019 has 30 total bases and an OPS + of 189 in 2022.

Jose Suarez has a record of 0-1 this season in three starts with an ERA of 5.54 and a 1.538 WHIP.  He’s allowed eight runs in 13 innings and has struck out 11 hitters in 2022.

Los Angeles Angels Vs. Chicago White Sox Picks & Prediction

Offensively, the Angels are averaging 5.01 runs per nine innings, third in the majors.  They are fifth in batting average at .253 with a team OPS of .762, first in the big leagues.  Los Angeles’s pitching staff is allowing 3.99 runs per nine innings, 15th in Major League Baseball.  Chicago is scoring 3.36 runs per game, 24th in the majors.  The White Sox are hitting .212 as a team, 24th in MLB with an OPS of .608 which is 26th in the big leagues.  Chicago’s pitching staff is allowing 4.67 runs per nine innings, 25th in the majors.  I’m going with the road underdog Angels to win this game by over 1.5 runs and the teams to combine for under nine runs.  Chicago’s offense has struggled throughout the season (due to injuries), while the Angels have been crushing the ball averaging 1.26 home runs per game which is third in the majors.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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