Washington Nationals vs. Chicago White Sox: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 14, 2024

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May 14, 2024 6:12 AM
The Washington Nationals, with a respectable 12-10 road record, head to Guaranteed Rate Field to face the struggling Chicago White Sox, who own a 12-29 overall record and 8-13 home record. As the Nationals look to build on their 19-20 overall record, they'll aim to take advantage of the White Sox's struggles in this makeup game from May 13. The contest is set to get underway on Tuesday, May 14 at 4:40 PM.
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Nationals vs White Sox starting pitchers

In the upcoming clash between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox, we're set to see an intriguing pitching matchup that features Trevor Williams of the Nationals against Chris Flexen of the White Sox. Trevor Williams enters the game with an impressive season record, boasting an ERA of 1.96, 30 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.06 in 38 innings pitched, maintaining an undefeated record with 4 wins. On the other side, Chris Flexen has struggled somewhat, reflected by a 4.29 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21, alongside 25 strikeouts in 37 innings pitched, accruing 3 losses and only 2 wins. This matchup sets the stage for a pivotal game where Williams' form suggests a strong advantage for the Nationals, while Flexen will need to leverage his experience to counter and seek redemption from his rocky start to the season.

Nationals vs White Sox game preview

As the Washington Nationals prepare to face off against the Chicago White Sox, the Nationals have an evident edge with their aggressive baserunning, ranking 2nd in stolen bases with a total of 68. This reflects their strategic emphasis on speed, potentially giving them an advantage on the bases. However, they are challenged by a weaker batting performance, marked by their ranking 28th in both runs scored and total hits, alongside a batting average of only .228. Despite these struggles, players like Luis Garcia Jr. with a batting average of .297 and CJ Abrams who leads the team with 7 home runs, continue to provide bright spots in the lineup. It will be crucial for the Nationals to capitalize on their baserunning while finding ways to improve their hitting efficiency in the matchup against the White Sox.

Conversely, the Chicago White Sox are grappling with significant difficulties in their offensive game, as illustrated by their bottom-tier standings in runs scored, total hits, and a dismal team batting average of .213. These statistics situate them at 30th across major batting categories, painting a stark picture of their offensive woes this season. Gavin Sheets and Paul DeJong, leading the team with averages of .242 and 6 home runs respectively, indicate some resilience, yet the team urgently needs others to step up to elevate their overall offensive output. For the upcoming game against the Nationals, the White Sox's strategy might hinge on leveraging their pitching by probable starter Chris Flexen to contain the National's baserunning while their hitters must find a breakthrough against Nationals' pitcher Trevor Williams to snatch a much-needed win.

Chicago White Sox injuries

  • Ryan Burrowes (SS): Out
  • Danny Mendick (3B): 10-Day-IL
  • Dominic Leone (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Luis Robert Jr. (CF): 10-Day-IL
  • Corey Knebel (RP): Day-To-Day

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    Nationals vs White Sox predictions

    Here we go, folks! The Washington Nationals are rolling into Guaranteed Rate Field to take on the Chicago White Sox, and I've got my eye on a few Nats players who are gonna make some noise. Luis Garcia Jr. is on fire right now, and I'm projecting him to go 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. CJ Abrams is another guy who's been quietly raking all season, and I think he'll go yard for the 8th time this year. And let's not forget about Trey Lipscomb, who's been a pleasant surprise in the Nats' lineup - I've got him pegged for a 2-RBI day.

    On the South Side, the White Sox are looking to bounce back from a tough stretch, and I think a few of their hitters are due for big days. Gavin Sheets has been one of the few bright spots in the ChiSox lineup, and I'm expecting him to go 3-for-5 with a homer. Paul DeJong has been streaky all season, but I think he breaks out of his current funk with a 2-hit day. And let's not sleep on Eloy Jimenez, who's still one of the most talented young hitters in the game - I've got him projected for a 2-RBI game.

    So, who's gonna come out on top in this one? I'm taking the Nationals on the road. Trevor Williams has been dealing all season, and I think he shuts down the White Sox lineup. The Nats' bats have been hot lately, and I think they'll be too much for Chris Flexen and the ChiSox bullpen. Give me Washington 6, Chicago 3.

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