The Angels lead the series 2-0 after winning 4-2 on Tuesday, their fourth head-to-head victory in five games this season. Starter Shohei Ohtani got the win, giving up one run on four hits over 6.1 innings and striking out 10, and Carlos Estevez pitched the ninth to pick up his 20th save. Ohtani went 3 for 3 with two solo home runs in the win. Eloy Jimenez was 3 for 4 with two doubles and one run for the White Sox.
ON THE MOUND
Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.41 ERA) is set for the start for Chicago. The RHP allowed three runs (one earned) over six innings in his last start, a 3-1 road defeat against the Red Sox on Friday. He took the loss, yielding three hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
Giolito has made one previous start against the Angels this season, a 7-3 home victory on May 30. He surrendered three runs on four hits over five innings, striking out five and walking two. RHP Jaime Barria (2-2, 2.14 ERA) will take the mound for Los Angeles.
He has made one prior start against the White Sox this season, giving up one run over five innings in a 12-5 road win on May 31. He gave up four hits and walked three while striking out six in the win.
In his last appearance on June 18, Barria pitched in relief on the road against the Royals. He threw three scoreless innings and gave up two hits, striking out one and walking one in the 5-2 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Chicago has averaged only 2.6 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.0, partially thanks to poor on-base performance (.263 vs .291). Against right-handed pitchers like Barria this season, the Sox have a .673 OPS, the fourth lowest in MLB.
Luis Robert Jr. is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a .801 OPS in 234 at-bats. Los Angeles is averaging 7.6 runs per game in the last five, up from 5.0 for the season, with an improved slash line (.331/.415/.589).
The Halos have a .779 OPS against right-handers in 2023, the fifth highest in the league. With a 1.072 OPS over 222 at-bats, Ohtani has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is on a three-game losing streak on the road, bringing their record to 14-27 in 2023. The Sox have scored 3.9 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.7 runs.
Los Angeles has gone 22-16 at their home park this season, averaging 4.6 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. Los Angeles is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings at Angel Stadium of Anaheim with an average scoreline of 5.1-4.2.
The White Sox are fourth in the AL Central, six games behind the division-leading Twins. The Angels are second in the AL West, five games behind the Rangers.
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