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Rangers series preview: Chicago White Sox

The Rangers take on the Pale Hose in a four game home set

Detroit Tigers v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Rangers are on a roll as they head into the four game series against the White Sox to wrap up their 10 game home stand.

The Rangers are 7-3 for their last 10 after sweeping the Tigers and just one game under .500. They’re also just two games back from the second wild card spot.

So maybe they’re actually going to make a run for it.

Either way, it’s been fun to watch. Hopefully, that keep it up against the struggling White Sox.

Chicago is 45-72, 4-6 for their last 10 and on a four game losing streak after losing the series against Kansas and two games against the Dodgers.

GAME ONE: Tyson Ross v. Reynaldo Lopez

White Sox top pitching prospect, Reynaldo Lopez, will make his second major league start after going 6 and allowing two runs on four hits and striking out six in his debut against the Royals.

In his last start, Ross went 5.2 in a win against Houston where he gave up three runs on four hits and five walks.

In three starts and a relief appearance, Ross is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA in his career against the White Sox. He got the no decision back in July when he went five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and five walks.

GAME TWO: Andrew Cashner v. James Shields

Cashner will face the White Sox for the first time in a little over a year, only his second start against them in his career. In his one start against them last August, he got the loss after going five innings and giving up four runs on nine hits and five walks.

James Shields will make his first start against the Rangers for the first time two years. His last start against Texas was in July of 2015 where he got the no decision after going 5.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits and four walks.

In his career against Texas, Shields is 7-3 in 14 starts with a 2.66 ERA.

Shields is 2-4 with a 5.90 ERA on the season.

In 40 plate appearances against Shields, Elvis is 15-37 with a 1.003 OPS.

GAME THREE: Martin Perez v. Derek Holland

Perez is 2-1 in three starts with a 3.74 ERA against Chicago in his career. His last start against them at the beginning of 2016, he went 5.2 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks.

Perez is 7-10 with a 5.08 ERA on the season but in his last two starts he’s gone 14 innings and give up just three runs on nine hits and one walk.

Holland will make his second start against his former team of the year after going 5.1 innings and giving up five runs on five hits and two walks in July.

Holland is 6-12 with a 5.68 ERA. In his last start he went just two innings after giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks. He’s 1-4 with an 8.91 ERA in his last seven starts.

GAME FOUR: A.J. Griffin v. Mystery pitcher

Griffin will make his second start of his career against Chicago, his first was back in 2013. For what it’s worth, he got the loss, but went 7.1 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk, he struck out five.

Griffin is 6-3 with a 5.07 ERA on the season. In his last start, he went five innings and gave up just one run on five hits and two walks.

Chicago hasn’t announced their Sunday pitcher so we’ll just have to wait for that mystery to be solved.

And as a reward (for hopefully actually reading this post and not just scrolling to the bottom but I’ll never know if that’s what you did or not so it doesn’t really matter.) here’s the main photo of this post in gif form, enjoy.