Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (25-30) square off against Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88 ERA) and the Houston Astros (34-24) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and CSN-CHI.
Sale is 2-1 with a 0.38 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .236 this season. Jose Abreu (.274, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Against the White Sox, McCullers is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. George Springer (.235, 27 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a -172 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -583 and a record as the favorite of 14-11. Chicago is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.1.
Over in the other dugout, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +985 and an impressive record of 19-11 as the dog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. 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 3.46 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.16 for the season.
The White Sox lead the season series, 2-1. The White Sox have a 21-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McCullers takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 12-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 11-7. The Astros are 11-8 in close games this season.
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.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 14-23 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 21-7. The White Sox have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Chicago has earned 200 this season. Houston ranks ninth with 245 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 182.
The White Sox are 13-13 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 26-15 when they hit at least one homer.