Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Matchup

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The Chicago White Sox will be taking on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The game gets underway 2:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will showcase this AL matchup.

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros Odds

Vegas is listing Houston (-315) as the favorite over Chicago (+260). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds listed at -115 for over 8.5 runs and -105 for under 8.5. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds sitting at White Sox +1.5 runs (+125) and Astros -1.5 runs (-145).

The White Sox have gone just 30-59 SU this year and are 44-44 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 18.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 7.7 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 60-31 SU and 47-43 ATS. They’ve gained 5.5 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 0.2 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Astros games have an over/under record of 39-46-5 so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 40-43-5.

The right-handed Lucas Giolito will get the nod for the visiting White Sox. Giolito is 5-7 with a 6.93 ERA and 54 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with a 40.50 ERA against Houston this year.

The Astros will put the ball in the left hand of Dallas Keuchel (5-8, 4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), who’s got 87 strikeouts and 29 walks this season. Keuchel is 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.41 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 6.35 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.29, along with a K/9 of 9.44.

The White Sox offense has slashed .243/.303/.403 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been powered by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .259/.316/.450 with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Sanchez is hitting .258 with five homers, 41 RBIs, 32 runs and nine stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Houston’s pitching staff has yielded 3.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.01, a WHIP of 1.06 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.4. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.64, a WHIP of 1.03 and a K/9 of 10.8.

Houston’s offense has produced 5.2 runs per contest, including 5.1 per game over its last 10 games and 7.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .320/.431/.526 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that span.

The Astros offense has been led by second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman. Altuve is slashing .339/.406/.482 with eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 60 runs and 13 stolen bases, and Bregman’s line is .284/.385/.523 with 17 homers, 57 RBIs, 59 runs and eight stolen bases.

The White Sox have lost 2.4 units and are 10-9 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 10 of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have netted 11.9 units and are 32-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 25 of those games, as opposed to 27 that’ve cashed the under.

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Chicago has logged 19 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Houston has 20 XBH over its last five.
  • The White Sox have lost five of their last six games SU.
  • Chicago has recorded 23.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 22.6 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.