Saturday, July 2, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Doug Fister
The Chicago White Sox head to Minute Maid Park on Saturday to take on the Houston Astros. The probable pitchers are Chris Sale for the White Sox and Doug Fister for the Astros. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +110 and Houston at -120. The over/under is 7.5. The White Sox have a 36-40-3 over/under mark and a 38-41-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Astros are 37-42-0 against the run line and have a 36-38-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this game with a 40-39 record, and they are 19-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 13-2 record with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.98. He has 109 strikeouts during his 113 innings pitched and he has given up 88 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.47. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.47 and they have allowed 220 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the pen while they've been struck out 214 times and walked 118 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.93 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.89 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.02. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 704 base hits and 317 earned runs. They have allowed 80 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 276 batters and struck out 622. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.14.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .249, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .247 average on the road. The White Sox have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .316 which is good for 20th in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.47 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .359. He has 84 hits this season along with 40 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 53 times and has walked 31 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .294 and he has an on-base percentage of .344. He has totaled 82 hits so far while scoring 35 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 34 times. The White Sox have 668 hits, including 127 doubles and 82 home runs. They've stolen 36 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Chicago has walked 241 times this season and they've struck out 645 times as a unit. They've left 548 men on base and have a team OPS of .716. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 331 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this game with a 22-15 home mark and a 42-37 overall record. With an ERA of 3.36, Doug Fister has a 8-4 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 61 strikeouts over the 93.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 84 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.8. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.16 and they have given up 230 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 274 times and walking 58 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.05 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.12 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 726 base knocks and 314 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 85 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 208 hitters and struck out 652. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 3.83.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .241 average at home. The Astros hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .357 and he has an OBP of .432. He has 111 hits this year along with 60 runs scored and 46 RBI. He's struck out 32 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .268 and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 77 hits so far while he's scored 39 runs and drove in 49. He has earned a walk 41 times and has punched out 77 times. The Astros as a unit have 668 base hits, including 141 doubles and 100 homers. They have 63 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 23 times. Houston as a team has walked 316 times this year and they have struck out 745 times. They've had 559 men left on base and have an OPS of .748. They score 4.53 runs per game and have totaled 358 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 36-40-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 38-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 36-38-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 37-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 15-day DL (6/30)
06/30/16 LF Melky Cabrera Wrist out indefinitely
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
06/27/16 P Lance McCullers Finger "?" for next scheduled start
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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