In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58 ERA) and the Houston Astros (15-24) are in Chicago to square off against Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99 ERA) and the White Sox (24-14). This is the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on WPWR and RTSW.
Rodon pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 13-11 defeat to the Rangers. Todd Frazier (.228, 23 Rs, 12 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 2 for 4. Keuchel went 6.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out four and walking three in an 11-1 defeat to the Red Sox in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.340, 37 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 5 Sunday with two runs and two stolen bases.
In this battle of southpaws, the White Sox are a slight -115 favorite with a total of 8.5
Pick - HOU
The Astros lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 6-5. The Astros are 4-7 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 11-6, while Houston is 5-11.
The Astros are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The White Sox have a record of 3-1 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 10-3. The White Sox have a 19-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th in runs, Houston has earned 166 this season. Chicago ranks 10th with 168 runs.
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 14th with an OPS of .733.
The Astros are 10-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 10-9 when they allow at least one homer.