Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Matchup

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The Houston Astros are set to host the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be airing this AL matchup.

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Odds

Chicago (+180) is entering this game as the underdog against Houston (-190) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at 9.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total now sit at -110 for both the over and the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at White Sox +1.5 runs (-125) and Astros -1.5 runs (+105).

The White Sox are 22-26 SU and have gone 22-25 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.5 units ATS. Chicago’s covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 33-17 SU and 29-20 ATS. They’ve gained 8.1 units for moneyline bettors and 8.2 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread in each of its last seven games and the under has cashed in six of those seven.

Astros games have an over/under record of 21-27-1 so far in 2019. White Sox games have gone over 23 times, gone under 23 times and pushed on one occasion.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito is projected to start for Chicago. Giolito (5-1, 3.35 ERA) has racked up 50 strikeouts in 43 innings so far. He has yet to face Houston this year, but he did make two starts against the team in 2018, putting together a 0-2 record with a 10.61 ERA and four strikeouts.

The Astros are putting the ball in the right hand of Corbin Martin (1-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), who’s got nine strikeouts and five walks this season. Martin did not pitch in the majors in 2018.

As a unit, Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 3.5 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 3.78 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.74, a WHIP of 1.01 and a K/9 of 9.5.

The Houston offense has produced 5.4 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .288/.390/.487 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Astros’ batters have been led by outfielders Michael Brantley and George Springer. Brantley is slashing .325/.372/.555 with 10 home runs, 34 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while Springer is hitting .313 with 17 homers, 42 RBIs and 41 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.78 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 8.19 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.97, along with a K/9 of 8.53.

The White Sox offense has slashed .250/.313/.406 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 3.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada have led Chicago’s hitters. Anderson is hitting .322/.352/.491 with eight home runs, 24 RBIs, 27 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Moncada is hitting .281/.340/.503 with nine homers, 30 RBIs, 32 runs and five stolen bases.

The White Sox have lost 2.2 units and are 14-19 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Astros have netted 5.0 units and are 20-15 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 18 that went under the total.

White Sox at Astros Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in six of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 19 over their last 10.
  • The White Sox have a total OPS of .719 this season and an OPS of .720 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .865 overall and .844 against righties.
  • Houston has posted 26.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.4 over its last five.