The last time Cole Hamels pitched against a team from Chicago, he went out and threw a no-hitter. Of course, Hamels was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies on that day last July and the team he blanked was the Cubs, but hey, I had to bring it up, right? The former World Series MVP was traded to Texas only a few days later and has gone 11-2 in 20 starts with the Rangers, including a perfect 4-0 record in 2016. Hamels was masterful in his last outing, throwing seven innings of one-hit baseball against the Tigers last Friday.
While Hamels’ 2016 numbers are good, Mat Latos’ are even better. The White Sox right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 season and Wednesday’s matchup with Hamels and the hard-hitting Texas lineup will be another big test. Latos has given up four runs in each of his last two starts, going five innings in each.
After basically giving away a win last night, the White Sox can still get the series win with a victory today. Here’s everything else you need to know about today’s finale.
Chicago White Sox (23-11) at Texas Rangers (19-15)
Time: 1:05 PM CT
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington
Starting Pitchers: Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62 ERA) vs Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.68 ERA)