Larry Ness' 10* Run-Line Rout (6-1 start LY!): MLB has always been Larry's favorite sport to handicap & he's started 2012 right where he left off in 2011. Larry's easy 2-0 sweep of Weekly Wipeout Winners on Friday makes him 3-1 to open MLB 2012. Join Larry as he caps his Saturday 'tripleheader' with his 1st 10* Run-Line Rout (opened MLB 6-1) of the new season!
Game: Chicago White Sox (r) at Texas Rangers (r) Apr 7 2012 8:05PM
Prediction: Texas Rangers (r)
Grade: Loser (-100)
Reason: My 10* Run-Line Rout is on the Tex Rangers at 8:05 ET.
The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers lost starting pitcher CJ Wilson in the off-season but surely did not miss him in the season opener, riding a nine-strikeout effort from Colby Lewis to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox Friday afternoon. Chicago was playing its first game under new manager Robin Ventura, who took over when Ozzie Guillen departed for Miami and took former No. 1 starter Mark Buehrle with him. Both teams have done some restructuring in the off-season. Texas signed Japanese star Yu Darvish and acquired free agent closer Joe Nathan after moving Neftali Feliz into the starting rotation. Chicago dealt right fielder Carlos Quentin to San Diego and replaced him with former Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. The White Sox also made former reliever Chris Sale into a starting pitcher and gave the closer job back to Matt Thornton after trading Sergio Santos to Toronto. In game two of this three-game series, the White Sox send Jake Peavy to the mound to face Derek Holland. Peavy won the National League Cy Young Award in 2007 (19-6, 2.54 ERA) but since coming to the White Sox in late-2009, has shown little of that form. Frankly, he hasnít been very healthy, making just 35 starts in his two full seasons (if youíll pardon the pun) with Chicago. Heís 14-13 with a 4.77 ERA these last two years with the White Sox going 19-16 in the starts. He has not fared well against the Rangers, going 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA in three career starts. Texas hitters are a combined 33-for-114 (.289) with eight HRs against Peavy. Derek Holland finished last year 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA. He then made six postseason appearances, including four starts. He was 2-0 in those four starts (team won all four), posting a 3.48 ERA. Including the postseason, the Rangers were 15-5 in Hollandís home starts, winning 10 of his last 11 (including his final SEVEN!). Texas was 70-45 vs righties last year, including 53-29 in night games (averaged 6.4 RPG in 46 home night games vs righties). Lay the 1 1/2 runs!