White Sox vs. Astros Prediction
After blowing a save in the ninth on Thursday, can the Chicago White Sox manage an upset victory of the Houston Astros when the two meet up again tonight at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, July 6, 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 -270 to win. The White Sox are listed with a money line of +250 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 82 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 drop opener
I picked a Chicago upset on Thursday and they nearly had it, but gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose 4-3. The White Sox come into today’s game 30-57 overall and 14-30 on the road. Chicago is putting up 4.00 runs per game on offense while allowing 5.28 on the mound.
Reynaldo Lopez gets the start for the White Sox this evening. He has started 17 games this season and has a 4-5 record with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Lopez has pitched a total of 100.1 innings and has 73 strikeouts and 42 walks.
Astros on a win streak
The Astros picked up a third straight win on Thursday, winning by a run for the second straight night. Houston is now 58-31 overall and 26-17 at home. The Astros are putting up 5.02 runs per game this season while allowing 3.07 per contest.
Lance McCullers Jr. gets the start for the Astros this evening. He has started 17 games this season and has a 9-3 record with a 3.55 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. McCullers Jr. has pitched 101.1 innings and has 106 strikeouts with 38 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The White Sox have lost 12 of their last 17 Friday games and five of Lopez’ last seven road starts.
The Astros have won McCullers last four home starts and they have also won 45 of their last 65 home games.
McCullers has been pretty steady this season, as Houston has won his last six starts. He has won his last three decisions and should be able to control this Chicago lineup. The White Sox need a lot to happen just to compete with the Astros, so they are likely to get soundly beaten most nights. Thursday was their chance for an upset and they blew it.
The Pick: Houston Astros -1.5 (-135)