It takes the full 162-game season to determine the final standings in the MLB, but even in the early going, it quickly becomes clear which teams are just that much better than the rest. That said, there is no guarantee that the teams who are the obvious class of the league are going to go on and have postseason success, but they are certainly in a much better position to do so than most. The LA Dodgers in the National League are one of those teams. They have made it to and lost, the World Series in each of the last two seasons and they now look as though they are in a position to make another run at the crown.
In the American League, it is the Houston Astros who are the team that looks to be a cut above the rest. They are on a serious roll right now and are a position to extend that great run with a home series against the Chicago White Sox. The Astros won the opener and are in as a 1 ½ run favorite for the Tuesday game, with the run total set at 8 ½.
White Sox vs Astros MLB Lines, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Tuesday, May 21 at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
- Starting Pitchers: Covey vs. Verlander
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: Sports 610 AM
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Houston Astros -400 (Total 8.5)
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox?
It is altogether too early in the season to start talking about the Wild Card race, but if it was time, would the White Sox be part of the conversation. As it stands at the moment, with their 21-25 record, the reality is that they are probably not in that talk.
This is a team that got off better than expected start this season, but who have slowly slid back to the place where we expected them to be. They are now well adrift of the lead in the Central, 4 games back of the Indians in second and a whopping 9 ½ games back of the division-leading Twins. With their loss on Monday, the White Sox are now just 5-5 in their last 10 and are now 10-12 away from home. They will have Dylan Covey (0-2, 4.41 ERA) on the mound.
- Runs: 4.33
- Hits: 8.50
- Walks: 2.70
- Strike Outs: 9.50
- Runs: 5.20
- Hits: 8.70
- Walks: 4.02
- Strike Outs: 8.13
Why bet on the Houston Astros?
The Houston Astros aren’t just hot at the moment, they are also in possession of the best win/loss record in the MLB at 32-16. They finally saw their recent win streak come to an end after 8 games, but with the 3-0 win over the White Sox on Monday, they are now 9-1 in their last 10 games.
The Astros have been particularly hot in their own ballpark, where they have posted a ridiculously good 17-4 SU record to this point in the season. They are on a run that has seen them win each of their last 6 games at home, while they have also covered the spread in each of their last 10 games overall. The ageless Justin Verlander (7-1, 2.38 ERA) will start for the Astros.
- Runs: 5.44
- Hits: 9.46
- Walks: 3.77
- Strike Outs: 7.17
- Runs: 3.46
- Hits: 6.62
- Walks: 2.50
- Strike Outs: 9.46
White Sox vs Astros MLB Betting Trends
- White Sox are 0-8 SU in their last 8 games against Houston
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi White Sox’s last 7 games on the road
- Astros are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American League
- White Sox are 55-64 against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons
- Astros are 30-24 against the money line at home when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 2 seasons
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for White Sox vs Astros
The Astros are just that much better than everyone else in the league right now, and given how Verlander has been pitching this season, it’s tough to imagine them losing this one.
Score: Chicago White Sox 1 – Houston Astros 5