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Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Picks, Predictions, Odds

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Analysis

The Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox play the first of a four-game series on Monday, August 15 at the Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Astros currently pace the American League West with a record of 75-41, despite owning a lackluster 36-23 record away from Minute Maid Park on the year. Chicago is in second place in the American League Central with a record of 59-56 overall and 28-29 at home, which trails Milwaukee by 2.5 games for the division lead.

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Prediction

The White Sox send veteran RHP Johnny Cueto to the hill against Houston’s 11th ranked offense on Monday night (4.53 RSPG), who’s having his best campaign since 2016 by a comfortable margin with a solid 2.91 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 16 appearances this season, despite owning a record of 4-5 on the year.

On the other hand, the Astros send RHP Jose Urquidy to the mound against Chicago’s 18th ranked scoring offense tonight (4.26 RSPG), who’s been up-and-down for Houston this season sitting 11-4 with a 3.85 ERA in 21 outings (1.16 WHIP), despite posting a miserable 5.95 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across his first four starts of the season (19.2 IP, 13 ER).

I’ll take the under here, as Cueto is 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA across his last ten starts for Chicago (1.24 WHIP), which already includes an impressive performance against Houston (7 IP, 0 ER); setting the stage for a relatively low-scoring battle against the Astros and Urquidy, who’s 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his last nine starts (0.79 WHIP), and 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his lone career appearance against the White Sox (7 IP, 2 ER).  

Score Prediction: Astros 4, White Sox 3
Best Bet: Under 8.5 (+100)

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Odds

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Resources

  • Date: Monday, August 15, 2022
  • Matchup: AL West vs. AL Central
  • Venue: Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Time-TV: 8:10 p.m. ET – FS1

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox – Current Form

Houston continues to roll, going 5-1 in its last six games against the Rangers and the Athletics. They kept Oakland from scoring any runs in the second contest of the series on Saturday. Against the Rangers, Houston’s defense allowed for eight runs in the second game of the series this past Wednesday. The White Sox lost 3-1 against the Royals on Thursday, but then went 1-3 to the Tigers in their next game on Sunday. They kept the Detroit Tigers from scoring any runs in the first contest of the series on Friday. Their worst performance in the last seven games was allowing eight runs on Wednesday, in the third match of the series played against Kansas City.

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox – Pitching Matchup

Houston: Jose Urquidy (11-4, 3.85 ERA)

Astros’ right-hander Jose Urquidy owns a 11-4 record and 3.85 ERA set to take the mound for his 22nd start of the season. Urquidy also posted a 1.17 WHIP, while striking out 94 and walking 26 batters in 119.1 innings this season. The 27-year-old right-hander lifted the Astros to a home win over the Rangers on August 9. Urquidy tossed five innings in the 7-5 win over Texas despite giving up five runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Urquidy owns a 6-2 road record this season in 11 starts away from Minute Maid Park. In those away outings, he has posted a 4.83 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, 11 walks, and 36 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work.

Chicago: Johnny Cueto (4-5, 2.91 ERA)

Chicago ace Johnny Cueto toes the rubber for his 15th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 4-5 mark and 2.91 ERA. The right-hander has put together a 1.23 WHIP to go along with 68 strikeouts and 23 walks in 102 innings of work. The 36-year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, when the White Sox lost to Kansas City on August 10 on the road. Cueto tossed six innings in the 8-3 defeat by the Kansas City Royals, while giving up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Pitching at home this season, Cueto is 1-3 with a 3.71 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, 13 walks and 28 strikeouts over 51 innings in seven starts.

Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox – Series History

The Astros owned the 2021 regular season series, producing a 8-3 mark. In three games this season, Houston has won two of the meetings.

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