Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.77 ERA) and the Houston Astros (31-19) go up against John Danks (2-4, 5.69 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (22-26) in the last of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 3-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 31 and will air on WGN and ROOT-SW.
Hernandez is 9-6 with a 5.60 ERA, 71 strikeouts and 44 walks against the White Sox in his career. In his career against the Astros, Danks is 0-3 with a 9.15 ERA. He meets a less-than-stellar Houston offense that's batting just .235. Jose Abreu (.282, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Houston is a -137 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Astros are 11-10 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +1,093. The Astros are a power hitting team with an MLB-best 68 home runs. The Astros are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 42 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Astros rank second in the AL in ERA with a 3.50 team average. The Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 1.15 WHIP.
Switching gears, the White Sox come into this game with a weak win percentage of .400 when playing as the underdog (10-15) and an overall money line of -502. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.0 strikeouts per game.
The Astros will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have an 11-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hernandez will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 19-21 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Chicago White Sox, the Astros now have three shutouts this season. The White Sox have been shut out in four games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 14-8, while Chicago is 8-8.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 2-5 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-21. The Astros have a 9-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 68 this season. Chicago ranks 28th with 31 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.88 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.47.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.655). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .720.
The White Sox are 12-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 12-12 when they allow at least one homer.