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The Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox Wednesday in the third game of a four-game series. The White Sox lost the first game of the series to fall to 21-25. The Astros are 32-16 and lead the AL West. This matchup pits Chicago right-hander Ivan Nova (2-4) against Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-4). Game time is 8:10 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
White Sox loses series opener
The Chicago White Sox lost the first game of this series to fall to 21-25. They are in third place in the NL Central, 9.5 games behind the first place Twins. The White Sox were shut out by the score of 3-0. White Sox starter Ryan Burr only lasted two innings and suffered the loss at 1-1. Charlie Tilson got 2 hits for the White Sox. They only had 6 hits in the game off Houston starter Brad Peacock.
The White Sox average 4.3 runs per game, which is 21st in the league. They have a team batting average of .253, which is 10th, and they have a slugging percentage of .405, which is 19th in the league. Tim Anderson leads the Sox with a batting average of .329 with 8 HRs and 24 RBIs. Yoan Moncada is hitting .284 with 9 home runs and 29 RBIs, while Leury Garcia is hitting 283 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs. while Abreu has 4 HRs and 19 RBIs. James McCann is batting .343 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs, while Jose Abreau is batting .260 with a team-high 10 HRs and 38 RBIs.
The White Sox have to hit because their pitching is suspect. They have a team ERA is 5.03, which is 25th in the MLB. Also, their WHIP is 1.49, which is 29th. Ivan Nova gets the start for the White Sox. The right-hander is having a rough year. He is 2-4 with an ERA of 7.42.
Houston is firing on all cylinders
The Houston Astros are the hottest team in the league right now. They have won 10 of their last 11 and 14 of their last 16 to improve to 32-16. They are running away with the AL West as they are 8.5 games up on second place Texas. In the 3-0 shutout of the White Sox, Brad Peacock (5-2) allowed just two hits in five innings to get the win. He had 9 strikeouts. Tyler White and Jake Marisnick each had home runs for Houston. Tony Kemp and Michael Brantley each had two hits for Houston.
The @Astros are the 3rd team EVER to have multiple 10+ game winning streaks before June 1st (1955 Dodgers, 1941 Cardinals). 🤯
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) May 19, 2019
Houston is an offensive juggernaut. They average 5.4 runs per game, which is 3rd in the league. They bat .279 as a team, which is 1st in the Majors, and have a slugging percentage of .506 which is 1st. They are 2nd in homers. Josh Reddick is among the leaders for the Astros with an average of .331 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. Michael Brantley is hitting .328 with 10 HRs and 32 RBIs, while Alex Bregman is hitting .270 with 14 HRs and 34 RBIs. George Springer is batting .313 with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs. He’s 2nd in the league in home runs and 3rd in RBIs. Also, Carlos Correa is batting .292 with 11 HRs and 32 RBIs, while Jose Altuve, who is on the injured list, is batting .243 with 9 HRs and 21 RBIs.
The Astros are a great pitching team as well. They have a team ERA of 3.36, which is 2nd in the Majors. They have a WHIP of 1.04, which is 1st in the league. Gerrit Cole gets the start for Houston. The right-hander is 4-4 on the year with an ERA of 3.56 with a league-high 93 strikeouts.
- Astros are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Astros are 64-29 in their last 93 overall.
- Astros are 9-0 in Cole’s last 9 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Astros are 4-0 in Cole’s last 4 starts.
- Astros are 14-2 in Cole’s last 16 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Astros are 6-1 in Cole’s last 7 starts vs. American League Central.
- Astros are 6-1 in Cole’s last 7 Wednesday starts.
- Astros are 14-3 in Cole’s last 17 home starts.
- White Sox are 17-35 in their last 52 Wednesday games.
- White Sox are 16-36 in their last 52 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- White Sox are 11-27 in their last 38 vs. American League West.
- White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- White Sox are 2-6 in Nova’s last 8 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Astros and go with the run line in this one. This is a huge mismatch. Nova has been pretty terrible and he is facing the hottest lineup in the MLB in the Astros. Also, Cole is a mismatch against a White Sox lineup that has faltered in recent games after getting off to a decent start. In their last 6 games they have not scored more than 4 runs in a game. Also, the White Sox are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.
Prediction: Houston -1.5 run line
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. This is a no-brainer. The Astros will pummel Nova enough to carry the total past the over. It doesn’t even matter how many runs the White Sox score. The over is 8-2-2 in Astros last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing record. Also, the over is 4-0 in Novas last 4 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-0 in his last 5 starts on grass. He allows more than 7 runs per outing, on average, so expect the Astros to score at least that many — and more.