White Sox vs. Astros Prediction
Are the Houston Astros set to ride their ace to an easy victory on Thursday night when they face the Chicago White Sox at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, July 5, 2018
8:10PM ET – Minute Maid Park
TV: ATSW (Hou); NSCH (Chi)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are overwhelmingly favored at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -300 to win. The White Sox are listed with a money line of +250 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 86 percent going on Houston at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
White Sox alternating results
The White Sox have flip flopped wins and losses over their last five and are coming off a 7-4 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday. The White Sox come into today’s game 30-56 overall and 14-29 on the road. Chicago is putting up 4.01 runs per game on offense while allowing 5.29 on the mound.
Carlos Rodon is getting the start this evening for the White Sox. He has pitched in five games this season and has a 1-3 record with a 4.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Rodon has logged 29.2 innings and has 22 strikeouts with nine walks.
Astros grinding out wins
The Astros are coming off a pair of close wins over the Rangers in Texas, winning 5-4 and 5-3. They had lost three straight to Tampa prior to that. Houston is now 57-31 overall and 25-17 at home. The Astros are putting up 5.03 runs per game this season while allowing 3.07 per contest.
Justin Verlander gets the start for the Astros this evening. He has started 18 games and has a 9-4 record with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. Verlander is has logged 118.2 innings this season and has 144 strikeouts with 24 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The White Sox have lost four straight Thursday games, but they have won Rodon’s last seven starts in a series opener.
The Astros have won their last five Thursday games and they have won five of their last six against AL Central opponents.
Verlander has been in a funk, allowing nine runs in his last two starts while giving up at least three runs in four of his last five starts. Because of that, I don’t love Houston being so favored. Rodon hasn’t been awful, and Houston has been somewhat quiet at the plate over the week. I am going to take my chances on Chicago as the heavy dog tonight.
The Pick: Chicago White Sox +250