‘Stros and (White) Sox in Second of Series
If the season ended today, the Houston Astros would be the top seed in the American League.
They are first in the AL West by a whopping dozen-game margin, three-game lead on the New York Yankees for the best record in the AL.
They’ve won four of five, the loss Monday night against the Chicago White Sox in the opener Chicago erased a two-run deficit with four, eighth-inning runs to grab the win at home. Chicago has won four straight games itself, now just two games out of first place in the AL Central Division.
Verlander’s Been Dominant
The Houston Astros are sending out Justin Verlander in this one and the 39-year-old righthander has not acted his age this season. Among the premier pitchers in the game, he’s 15-3 with a puny 1.85 ERA and WHIP rating at 0.86. If not the best, Verlander’s on a very short list.
Scoring runs against Verlander on the road has been impossible, 8-2 with a 1.58 ERA. That’s 13 runs in 74 innings.
Some of the Chisox hitters are been hot of late. Jose Abreu is batting .350 over his last 10, while Eloy Jimenez is at .333 over the last week. The team has had some success against Verlander.
White Sox Sending Out Cease
The other half of this old-fashioned pitchers’ duel is righty Dylan Cease. He’s no slouch, as in 12-5, a 1.96 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 128.2 innings.
As a team, the Astros are hitting 243, seventh in the American League. However, they’re at .261 over their last 10.
Cease has held the Astros to a .205 average over his career.
Astros vs White Sox Head-to-Head
The Astros and the Chicago White Sox have split four games this season.
Astros vs White Sox Game Information
- Game: Astros (75-42) vs White Sox (60-56)
- Location: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug, 16th, 8:10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Astros vs White Sox Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
J. Verlander -R
|Chicago White Sox
D. Cease -R
Astros vs White Sox Prediction
This is a very tight pitcher’s duel, one that’s too hard to pick a winner. However, looking at the total, the under is really lenticing in the sportsbook.
With two pitchers of this caliber. Verlander and Cease don’t allow runs all that often.
Pitching will wind up making this a lower-scoring game, Look ‘under’ to cash for your MLB picks Tuesday night.
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