Wednesday, May 18, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Mat Latos
The Houston Astros visit U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Doug Fister for the Astros and Mat Latos for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +110 and Chicago at -120. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Astros have a 21-13-5 over/under record and a 16-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 41% of the time. The White Sox are 22-16-0 against the run line and have a 16-19-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Astros head into this matchup with a 15-24 record, including 5-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 4.22 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 22 strikeouts over his 42.2 innings pitched and he has given up 39 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.95. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.98 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen while being struck out 134 times and walking 29 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.67. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 379 base hits and 182 earned runs. They have allowed 47 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 104 batters and struck out 291. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.10.
As a team, Houston is batting .233, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .227 average away from home. The Astros hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.85 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .340 and his on-base percentage is at .430. He has 52 hits this season along with 37 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. He's struck out 19 times and has walked 22 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .273 and he has an on-base percentage of .381. He has totaled 39 hits so far while scoring 22 runs and he's driven in 19. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 40 times. The Astros have 306 hits, including 84 doubles and 48 home runs. They've stolen 34 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 13 times. Houston has walked 160 times this season and they've struck out 387 times as a unit. They've left 269 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.26 runs per contest and have scored a total of 166 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 10-5 home record and a 24-14 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.40, Mat Latos has a 5-0 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 39.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 38 hits. He has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.66. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.78 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 95 times and walking 37 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.64 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.17. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 293 base knocks and 119 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 113 hitters and struck out 287. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 3.66.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .236 average at home. The White Sox hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.58 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this matchup batting .303 and he has an OBP of .396. He has 44 hits this year along with 19 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 16 times and has walked on 17 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .305 and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 43 hits so far while he's scored 20 runs and drove in 14. He has earned a walk 17 times and has punched out 14 times. The White Sox as a unit have 326 base hits, including 63 doubles and 36 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Chicago as a team has walked 133 times this year and they have struck out 286 times. They've had 275 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4.42 runs per game and have totaled 168 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 21-13-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 16-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 16-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 22-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
Chicago White Sox
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros
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