Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 1.98 ERA) is on the hill for the Houston Astros (30-19) as they square off against Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.67 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (22-25) in the second of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The White Sox won the last game 6-3 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and ROOT-SW.
Keuchel pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Orioles. Jose Altuve (.303, 24 Rs, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 15 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Quintana is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA when pitching against the Astros. He takes on a below-average Houston offense which is hitting just .235 this season. Jose Abreu (.282, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Houston is a -164 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of +1,253 and a record as the favorite of 11-9. The Astros lead the MLB in home runs with 66. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 42 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Astros, who have a team ERA of only 3.48. The Astros are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.16 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -652 and a disappointing record of 9-15 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record, and a 3-7 record SU. The White Sox have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.9 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Astros have an 11-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. Keuchel (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 3-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Under
For the 10th time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Astros are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Astros have a record of 9-7 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 18-7. The White Sox have a 17-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 173 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 216.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 112 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 160.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 22-11. When the White Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 10-11 record.