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Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 25,611

Rangers hope to keep offense going against White Sox

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Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox

  1. Texas was 3-4 last season against the White Sox, with the two teams alternating wins and losses each game. In three wins against the White Sox, the Rangers averaged 12.0 runs per game, and in losses just 4.3 runs per game. They hit .286 last season against the White Sox, their second-highest average against any AL opponent (.317 vs. Detroit).
  2. Despite being a sub-.500 team on the road, the Rangers have been playing better baseball away from home. Their home/road winning percentage differential is second-highest in the AL (.476 away, .304 home, .172 differential).
  3. The White Sox are currently on a five-game home losing streak, despite hitting .266 as a team and hitting eight home runs in those games. Their five-game home losing streak is the longest active streak in baseball; they have also gone on another five-game home losing streak in 2018, the only team to have multiple streaks of at least that length.
  4. Aside from the Rangers (his current team), the White Sox are the only MLB team against whom Cole Hamels has pitched but has never taken a loss (never faced the Phillies). In 28.1 career innings against the White Sox, Hamels has allowed just 11 runs (nine earned), to go along with 30 strikeouts and one walk. His 30.00 SO/BB ratio is his highest against any opponent.
  5. James Shields has made 15 starts against the Rangers in his career, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Of all active MLB pitchers with at least 60 innings against Texas, Shields and Chris Sale (0.90) are the only pitchers with a career WHIP under 1.00. At home against the Rangers, Shields has a 1.53 ERA and 0.74 WHIP, holding opponents to a .180 average.
  6. James Shields and Cole Hamels rank first and second in the American League respectively, in improvement of opponent batting average from pre-May to May. Teams hit .280 off Shields pre-May, and just .167 in May (.113 differential). Teams hit .252 off Hamels pre-May, and just .143 in May (.109 differential).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/17/2018 thru 5/20/2018

The Chicago White Sox will try to bounce back from a particularly bad day in an already ugly season when they host the Texas Rangers for the third contest of a four-game series Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Chicago (11-30) lost its everyday left fielder, Nicky Delmonico, to a broken bone in his right hand during Friday's 12-5 loss to the Texas Rangers. Delmonico is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with the injury.

"Tough break," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to reporters after the game. "It's one of those things, every club deals with it. For us, we're going to miss Nicky's bat in the lineup and the energy. He's still going to be around, obviously. We'll just have to make an adjustment and continue to move forward."

The White Sox will announce a corresponding roster move before Saturday's game. Delmonico's absence figures to mean more playing time for Leury Garcia, who is hitting .260 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 34 games.

Garcia also provides a speed element to the lineup. He is 7-for-7 on stolen-base attempts this season, and he credits third base coach Nick Capra with helping him on the base paths.

"He has helped me a lot, watching video and seeing what the pitcher does when I'm on first base (and) second base," Garcia said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I try to get a good jump, and when I get a good jump, I know that I'll be close."

Texas (18-28) will go for back-to-back wins after pounding out a season-high 12 runs on 10 hits, five walks and a pair of hit batsmen Friday. The Rangers scored in each of the first three innings for the first time since Sept. 4.

Despite the uptick in offense, pitching remains a concern for Texas. The Rangers have been without left-hander Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA) for the past couple days because of tightness in his neck, and manager Jeff Banister said Hamels will not be ready to start Saturday either.

"Like anything else, you want to be at your best," Hamels said to "At times, we do pitch through some bumps and bruises, ... but when you notice you cannot look at the target when you throw a baseball, it's not good."

Instead, the Rangers will call up Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make the start Saturday in his major league debut.

The 22-year-old Jurado is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts for the RoughRiders this season with 18 strikeouts and eight walks.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito (2-4, 6.91 ERA) is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season for the White Sox. He is coming off an up-and-down performance against the Chicago Cubs in which he walked seven batters but escaped with three runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings.

Giolito has struggled with his command during much of this season, walking 32 batters while striking out 24. He never has faced the Rangers in his career.

Updated May 19, 2018

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