Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels0 2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 9101
Chi White Sox0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 393
  W: A. Cobb (8-3)   L: R. López (3-3)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 16, 2021
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 27,098

Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox attempt to take series vs. Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

  1. Los Angeles took three of four from Chicago in the season-opening series from April 1-4 and have won 13 of the 18 meetings since the start of the 2018 season, including five of the six at Guaranteed Rate Field.
  2. The Angels are slashing .204/.261/.350 in 10 games this month, ranking last in batting average and on-base percentage and third-worst in slugging percentage ahead of Cleveland (.323) and San Diego (.331). Their 3.0 runs per game in September are the fewest in MLB.
  3. Shohei Ohtani has 44 home runs this season, one shy of the MLB lead and third in Angels' franchise history behind Troy Glaus (47 homers in 2000) and Mike Trout (45 in 2019). His 74 extra-base hits this season are the most by a Japanese-born player in MLB history, surpassing Hideki Matsui's 71 in 2005.
  4. Chicago took two of three form the Red Sox over the weekend, with each game being decided by one run. The White Sox now lead the AL Central by 12 games, the third-largest lead in club history behind 1983 (20.0 games) and the 2005 World Series title run (15.0 games).
  5. Luis Robert is slashing .368/.398/.598 in 27 games since returning from the IL, including eight hits over his last four games. His .368 average over that span ranks third in MLB behind Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.382) and Miami's Bryan De La Cruz (.375; min. 100 PA).
  6. Lucas Giolito will start Tuesday's game in his return from the injured list after a strained hamstring. He has pitched 230.2 innings since the start of last season, second in the American League behind only Gerrit Cole (231.2).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/14/2021 thru 9/16/2021

The Chicago White Sox will host the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday afternoon.

Chicago (83-62) cruised to a 9-3 win over the Angels in the series opener Tuesday, but Los Angeles (71-74) answered with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday. Brandon Marsh hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth to lead the Angels to a narrow win.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa is taking a big-picture view of his club as the playoffs approach.

"When you can have a chance to score every inning, realistically, that tells you that you've got a dangerous lineup," La Russa said. "And I feel like we do."

White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (3-2, 2.05 ERA) is set to make his seventh start of the season. He pitched well but lost his most recent outing against the Oakland Athletics, against whom he allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings.

Lopez is 0-1 with a 4.67 ERA in three career starts against the Angels. His last appearance against them was in 2019.

Angels right-hander Alex Cobb (7-3, 3.82 ERA) is scheduled to make his 16th start. This will be his first outing since July 23, when he gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five innings against the Minnesota Twins.

In four career starts against the White Sox, Cobb has struggled mightily to an 0-3 record with a 10.70 ERA.

Injuries have sidetracked the Angels for much of the 2021 campaign. On Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that superstar outfielder Mike Trout and emerging star Jo Adell likely would remain out for the rest of the season.

Trout has been on the injured list since May 18 because of a right calf strain. Adell went on the 10-day IL on Wednesday because of an abdominal injury.

"I mean, those injuries are kind of weird, and they could take longer (to recover from)," Maddon said of Adell. "What are we at, two weeks left, pretty much? It'd be hard to imagine that (he will return). If I had to say, I would anticipate that he wouldn't, but we'll see."

Meanwhile, Maddon praised Trout for being such a supportive teammate despite his injury absence.

"I don't expect him to play today or tomorrow, or anytime soon, because there's still that process of having to get at-bats," Maddon said. "It'd be very difficult."

The White Sox will look for their lineup to do more after managing only two runs on Wednesday. Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a homer, his 12th, and Jose Abreu notched his 27th double of the season.

Michael Kopech likely will be unavailable out of Chicago's bullpen for the series finale after he pitched two innings on Wednesday. He gave up only one hit, but it was the tie-breaking homer by Marsh.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2021