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Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Picks & Betting Tips – Astros To Take Game 1

  • Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros tips for Thursday
  • First pitch at Minute Maid Park is slated for 16:07 ET
  • Right-hander Lance Lynn (11-6, 2.69 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) starts for Chicago
  • Right-hander Lance McCullers (13-5, 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) will take the ball for Houston
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    Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Picks & Betting Tips
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Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Picks & Betting Tips 


Chicago (93-69) is the No. 3 seed in the AL playoffs as the Central Division champions. This is the second straight playoff appearance for the White Sox, marking the first time in franchise history that they have been to the postseason in back-to-back years.

The White Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 40-41 on the road and vs.68-52 RHPs. 

Lynn was just so-so in the second half after having a great first half. The 34-year-old had a great tune-up outing the last time out (Oct. 1), limiting Detroit to four hits and one run striking out four and walking one – marking the third time in the past four starts that Lynn has held his opponents to one or fewer runs. He allowed eight hits and six runs over four innings in his only start to Astros this year.

Houston (95-67) is the AL’s No. 2 seed as the West division champions. The Astros are making their fifth straight postseason appearance.  

The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10, 51-30 at home and vs. 61-39 RHPs.

McCullers has been solid all season. The 28-year-old has allowed three or fewer runs in six straight starts and eight of nine. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and .103 BAA over 13 innings against the White Sox this year.

Head To Head


Chicago won the last two games against Houston this year (last playing July 16-18), but still lost the season series 5-2.

The Astros, who won all four games at Minute Maid Park, outscored the White Sox 35-23. 

The White Sox averaged 3.6 runs with a .659 OPS against the Astros.

The Astros averaged 5.0 runs while compiling an .682 OPS against the White Sox.

Chicago White Sox


Chicago lost the final game of the three-game of its final three-game series against Detroit. The White Sox have won six of seven overall. 

The White Sox are 16-13 over the last 29 games, outscoring their opponents 129-109.

Chicago’s offense has produced 4.4 runs over the last 29 games with a slash line of .271/.350/. 414.

The White Sox’s pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and .244 OBA since Sept. 1.

Houston Astros Form


Houston won the final two games of its three -game series against Oakland over the weekend.

The Astros, who have four of the last six games, are 17-13 over the last 30 games. They outscored 164-132 during this stretch.

Houston’s offense has compiled a 5.4 runs over the last 30 games with a slash line of .268/.339/.479. since Aug. 1.

The Astros’ pitching staff has a 4.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and .235 OBA over the last 30 games.

Verdict

This should be an excellent series. Both teams are in good form. The White Sox might be without 1B Jose Abreu (illness) and they have struggled on the road.

The Astros dominated the White Sox at Minute Maid Park this year and they have been tremendous at home this year. The ‘Stros have been swinging the bats the bats extremely well and McCullers has completely shut down the White Sox this year. Additionally, several Houston batters – led by Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley – have had a lot of success against Lynn.

Best Bet: Houston Astros Moneyline @-135.14 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units

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