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White Sox vs Dodgers preview

The White Sox will open a 3 game set with the LA Dodgers at Guaranteed Rate Field tonight. This will be a great test for the White Sox after winning 2 of 3 in Tampa Bay. The Dodgers have been on a bit of a cold stretch recently, getting swept by the Pirates and splitting with the Mets. The White Sox will come into this series with a 25-27 record with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games. The Dodgers come in 35-19 with a 5-5 record in their last 10. Here is where these two teams rank among stats in the MLB. 
First the White Sox:

BA .240 (17th)

OBP .294 (27th)

SLG .363 (24th)

The Dodgers now 

BA .251 (6th)

OBP .333 (2nd)

SLG .428 (1st)

You see both teams come in on opposite sides. The White Sox have been one of the worst offensive teams and the Dodgers have been one of the best. Lets now do the pitching side. 
White Sox Rank 

ERA 4.15 (21st)

FIP 3.99 (15th)

K/9 9.29

Here are the Dodgers now 


ERA 2.91 (2nd)

FIP 3.51 (4th)

K/9 8.98 (10th)

You see the Dodgers know how to pitch and hit and depending on what stats you look at the White Sox can pitch too. The problem is the White Sox have had some blow up starts and starts by recently DFA’d Pitcher Dallas Keuchel that makes it look worse. The White Sox have been a good pitching team with their Big 3 in Cease, Giolito and Kopech. The Dodgers have had really good pitching out of pretty all their starters. They are a team that can develop talent of any kind especially pitching. The Dodgers get the edge for Starters and offense. But the edge the White Sox get is bullpen and for the back end I’d give it a nice margin to the White Sox. The White Sox have a great back end with Bummer Graveman and Hendriks. The Dodgers Closer is Craig Kimbrel who has been up and down recently. The Pitching probs for this series are:

Tuesday 7:10

Mitch White vs Michael Kopech 

Wednesday 7:10

Tony Gonsolin vs Johnny Cueto

Thursday 1:10

Tyler Anderson vs Dylan Cease 

The White Sox get what they would want vs the Dodgers. You get your 2 best pitchers in Kopech and Cease. 

Players to watch

Dodgers Mookie Betts after a slow start he has been his old self and is red hot. 

White Sox Jake Burger last 4 White Sox wins Jake has had the game winning hit. 

This is going to be a great and fun series for the White Sox to see if that Tampa Bay series turned their season around or if it was just a flash. This team is capable of winning Two this series lets see if they get it done!