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Angels' Cobb returns from injury to face the White Sox

by Mike Spector | Angels Correspondent |
Thu, Sep 16th 9:00am EDT

The Chicago White Sox catch a break in their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels, as they will face Alex Cobb instead of Shohei Ohtani. The Angels activated Cobb from the IL, and he has not pitched since July 23rd as he was dealing with an injured right wrist. The decision to start Cobb tonight allows Los Angeles to give Ohtani an extra day’s rest, as he will have a whole week in between starts when he faces Oakland on Friday.

Betting Impact:

The White Sox are -205 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Cobb (7-3, 3.82) had been lit up in his eight road starts before his injury, going 2-2 with a 5.71 ERA. The numbers are staggering, considering he has allowed just one home run in 34.2 innings on the road this year. However, he has been undone by a .299 OBA and a 1.59 WHIP. The White Sox are one of the teams least reliant on hitting home runs for their offense. They rank 19th in the league with 172 home runs, and just two teams with winning records have hit fewer this season. Reynaldo Lopez (3-2, 2.05) is an under-appreciated pitcher in this White Sox rotation. However, he is making a real case for a postseason roster spot that the struggling veteran, Dallas Keuchel, could vacate. Lopez has a minuscule 0.90 ERA in 20 innings pitched at home, and he hardly allows any traffic on the basepaths, as evidenced by his 0.55 WHIP. The White Sox are 4-0 in Lopez’s last four home starts versus a team with a losing record.

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