Chris Sale (8-0, 1.67 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox (24-16) as they meet Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.58 ERA) and the Houston Astros (17-24) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Astros won the last game 5-3, and Houston leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on CSCh and RTSW.
In his most recent outing, Sale pitched 9.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out six in a 7-1 victory over the Yankees. Adam Eaton (.312, 19 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Astros were unsuccessful the last time McHugh pitched. He struggled, going 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking three in a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. Jose Altuve (.348, 38 Rs, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Astros, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a White Sox -200 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
The previous two games have all gone Houston's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
Houston has won 35% (6-11) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 61% (11-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have an 8-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 4-20. The White Sox have a 3-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Chicago has hit 37 this season. Houston ranks fifth with 53 home runs.
Ranking 22nd, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.05 per game. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.68.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.730). Houston ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .741.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 11-18. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 10-11 record.