Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox Free Baseball Pick

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on May 18, 2016 in

In the final game of a three game MLB betting odds series at U.S. Cellular Field in the South side of Chicago; the Houston Astros will take on the Chicago White Sox. The first game of the series went to the Astros 6-5 in 11 innings. The Astros are still in last place in the American League West; with a 16-24 record. Houston is 7 games behind the Seattle Mariners in the division. For the Chicago White Sox, they have dropped three straight games. The White Sox are 24-15 overall, and have won 10 out of 16 games at home.

How To Bet on the Astros vs. White Sox MLB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Thursday, May 19, 8:10 PM ET
Where: U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago
TV: ROOT Sports, CSN
Radio: White Sox and Astros
Stream Option: CSN
Pitching Matchups: Astros: Collin McHugh (4-3) vs. Chris Sale (8-0)

Why Bet the Astros

In last place in the American League West, the Houston Astros need a run, and they need it quick. The Astros allowed 16 runs in the final two games of the series in Boston, and lost three of four overall. Houston’s pitching has been brutal, as they rank 24th in the league in earned run average. The Astros starting pitchers have not been nearly as good as last year, especially Dallas Keuchel. Offensively, Jose Altuve has been on fire, as he leads the team with a .338 batting average and 9 homeruns. Colby Rasmus has torched right handed pitching through much of the season with 7 homeruns and 29 runs batted in.

Why Bet the White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are one of the pleasant surprises to start the 2016 season. The White Sox have been winning games with their pitching. The White Sox are fourth in Major League Baseball with a 3.20 earned run average, and their starting pitchers have thrown 24 quality starts. The White Sox offense has seen their new third basemen Todd Frazier get off to a fast start, with 12 homeruns and 32 runs batted in. Frazier did not play in Tuesday’s game with flu like symptoms. The White Sox are likely buyers when the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches in July.

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My Expert Pick & Prediction

Chris Sale is on the mound for the Chicago White Sox, and that should be enough right there. Chris Sale has been outstanding, and is looking for his 9th win of the season. Collin McHugh is throwing for the Houston Astros, and he has struggled all season long. McHugh has 4 wins on the season, but has a 5.58 earned run average. This game will not be close. The Chicago White Sox are going to win this game easily. Take the Chicago White Sox -188 over the Houston Astros in the final game of the three game series on Thursday.

The final score prediction: White Sox 6 – Astros 1