Astros Take Double Dip
With 75 wins, the Houston Astros are currently the best team in the American League. However, they have struggled against the Chicago White Sox, dropping back-to-back outings.
Houston was on a four-game winning streak before this series, so we’ll have to see if this is a brief aberration or more of a trend. On Tuesday, the Astros lost a tight duel as the bullpen wasn’t able to hold a 3-1 lead that Justin Verlander had built.
Meanwhile, Chicago has won five straight games and is now just one game behind the Cleveland Guardians for first place in the American League Central . Can the White Sox beat Houston again and cash on the MLB betting odds or will the Astros get back on track?
Valdez Gets Nod for Astros
After seeing Verlander on the bump on Tuesday, it’s Framber Valdez who’ll make the start on Wednesday. He has been another phenomenal pitcher for this franchise, going 11-4 with 12th-best ERA in the majors at 2.73.
To make matters even better, Valdez has risen to the occasion when he is faced with a road game. When traveling, Valdez is 7-2 with a 2.21 ERA compared to 4-2 at home with a 3.51 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox have had success against Valdez, though, as they’re batting .300 as a team. Yoan Moncada, A.J. Pollack and Andrew Vaughn all have jacks against him, too.
Houston didn’t exactly get the outcome it wanted with Verlander on Tuesday, so Valdez will get a crack at slowing down Chicago.
White Sox Not Slowing Down
Just one game separates the top three teams in the AL Central as the Minnesota Twins are currently tied with Chicago for second place. The White Sox know the opportunity that they have in front of them and would like to capitalize off of it.
Michael Kopech will be sent to the mound and he’s been decent for them with a 4-8 record and a solid 3.18 ERA. Plus, his last game saw him post some of his best work.
He pitched six innings against the Detroit Tigers and held them hitless with 11 strikeouts. Chicago is aiming for him to replicate some of that success against the Houston Astros.
If you bet online, note that the White Sox are batting .294 over their last 10 games. They’re on fire right now at the plate and they’re playing with a lot of confidence.
Astros vs White Sox Head-to-Head
The White Sox currently hold the season lead against the Astros, beating them in three out of their five matchups.
Astros vs White Sox Game Information
- Game: Astros (75-43) vs White Sox (61-56)
- Location: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Astros vs White Sox Live Stream: MLB.tv
Astros vs White Sox Betting Lines
F. Valdez -L
|-1½ +115||-144||8 -105o||4½ Evo
|Chicago White Sox
M. Kopech -R
|+1½ -135||+129||8 -115u||3½ -105o
Astros vs White Sox Prediction
Chicago has been very impressive lately, but it’s going to be tough to take down the Astros for a third straight time, especially with Valdez on the mound.
Kopech proved that he can more than hold his own with his six-inning, zero-hit effort against Detroit. Those are difficult numbers to replicate against a hard-hitting Astros squad that has belted the third-most home runs in the league at 160.
If you’re looking to decide upon a winner for your MLB picks here, Houston seems primed to end their two-game skid. Take the Astros in the sportsbook.
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