Chicago Trying To Get To .500
The Chicago White Sox try for a second straight victory when they take on the host Houston Astros in the last of a three-game series on Sunday night. Chicago won Saturday’s matchup 7-0 to pull to within a game of .500 and three games of the second-place Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central. Houston had a three-game winning streak snapped but still has a nine-game lead atop the AL West standings. Both teams have shown a lot of offensive capability in this series, so as you decide how to make your bet online on the series finale, give our in-depth preview of the contest a read.
Cueto Gives White Sox Outstanding Start in Win
One game after losing 13-3 to the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox turned the tables on the hosts, with Johnny Cueto and Reynaldo Lopez combining on a three-hit shutout in Saturday’s 7-0 victory. Cueto went a season-high seven innings, his first since July 29 of last season with the San Francisco Giants.
“Johnny set the tempo,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said after Saturday’s win. “He’s an artist out there. That’s just high, high major league pitching.”
Right-hander Michael Kopech will try to follow that up when he gets the start on Sunday night. Kopech is 2-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 51 in 51⅔ innings. He’s making his first start since June 12 against the Texas Rangers, when he lasted 13 pitches before being pulled with right knee discomfort.
Outfielder Luis Robert was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs in Saturday’s win. Robert is batting a team-high .290 with six doubles, six home runs, 28 RBIs, and 30 runs scored.
First baseman Jose Abreu was 1-for-4 with a double and two runs driven in on Saturday. Abreu leads Chicago with 15 doubles, nine home runs, 32 RBIs, and 34 runs scored.
Astros Struggling With Consistency
The Houston Astros have a comfortable lead in the AL West, but they haven’t exactly been playing dominant baseball over the last couple of weeks, going 6-7 over their last 13 contests. They looked like they were starting to get hot before Saturday’s shutout loss, their second over this span and sixth of the season.
Outfielder Yordan Alvarez has been the team’s best hitter but he was 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Saturday. Alvarez leads Houston with a .311 batting average, 18 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 41 runs scored.
Designated hitter Michael Brantley had a 12-game hitting streak snapped with his 0-for-4 showing on Saturday. Brantley is batting .296 with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 25 RBIs, and 25 runs scored.
Right-hander Cristian Javier will make the start for the Astros. Javier is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in eight starts and 12 overall appearances, recording 63 strikeouts in 50⅔ innings. Javier took a no-decision in his last start, going six innings against the Texas Rangers on Monday and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking three.
White Sox vs Astros Head-To-Head
Saturday’s win was only the third for the Chicago White Sox against the Houston Astros on the road since the start of the 2018 season. Houston had won seven straight at Minute Maid Park against the White Sox, including two in last season’s American League Division Series.
Houston took eight of the 11 meetings between these teams a season ago, including a 3-1 victory in the playoffs. The MLB lines for Sunday’s finale see that trend continuing, with the Astros getting the edge to pick up the victory.
White Sox vs Astros Game Information
- Game: White Sox (31-32) vs Astros (40-25)
- Location: Minute Maid Park
- Day/Time: Sunday, June 19th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
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White Sox vs Astros Betting Lines
Chicago White Sox +1½ -165 +134 7½ -110o 3½ Evo 3½ -130u
M. Kopech -R
Houston Astros -1½ +145 -149 7½ -110u 4½ +110o 4½ -140u
C. Javier -R
White Sox vs Astros Prediction
The Houston Astros can go up and down a lot in their offensive production, but they should be able to get some runs on the board against Kopech, whose status for this one is still uncertain in terms of how long he’ll be able to go. The Chicago White Sox won’t make it easy, but look for the Astros to come out on top in this one.
When making your MLB picks, take Houston to get the win at home.