Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (26-30) take on Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85 ERA) and the Houston Astros (34-25) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Astros lost the last game 3-1, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and CSN-CHI+.
Rodon pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out 10 and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Rangers. Avisail Garcia (.296, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Against the White Sox, Keuchel is 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts. Jose Altuve (.300, 26 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Houston takes on Chicago as a -116 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The White Sox have recorded an overall money line of -618 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 11-18. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.2.
In games where it is the favorite, Houston has a 15-12 record and an overall money line of +784. Offensively, the Astros have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 3.0 during that stretch. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 78 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 48 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.52 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The White Sox lead the season series, 3-1. The White Sox have a 4-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Keuchel takes the mound. Rodon (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 12-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games.
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Chi White Sox.
Houston is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi White Sox.
Houston is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 4-2 record. The Astros are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The White Sox have a 5-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 21-8. The White Sox have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 203 this season. Houston ranks 10th with 246 runs.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 127 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 183.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 14-13. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 26-15 record.