Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros 7/5/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Rodon vs. Justin Verlander
The Chicago White Sox visit Minute Maid Park on Thursday, July 5, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Carlos Rodon for the White Sox and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +270 and Houston at -305. The White Sox have a 38-42-5 over/under record and a 45-40-0 run line mark. The Astros are 46-41-0 against the run line and have a 38-44-5 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 38-42-5 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 45-40-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 38-44-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 46-41-0 against the run line
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
07/04/18 1B Jose Abreu Rest is "?" Wednesday vs Cincinnati Reds
06/14/18 P Nate Jones Arm 10-day DL (06/14)
05/23/18 C Welington Castillo Suspension 80-game Suspension (05/23)
05/21/18 LF Nicky Delmonico Hand 10-day DL (05/19)
04/24/18 P Danny Farquhar Head 60-day DL (04/21)
04/23/18 P Miguel Gonzalez Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (04/23)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/01)
06/28/18 SS Carlos Correa Back 10-day DL (06/26)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 30-55 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 4.55 and a WHIP of 1.18 this season. He has 22 strikeouts over his 29.2 innings pitched and he's given up 26 hits. He's allowed 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.47. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.08 and they have given up 289 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen and they've struck out 308 hitters and walked 135 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.79. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 736 base hits and 401 earned runs. They have allowed 100 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 359 batters and struck out 627. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.76.
As a team Chicago is hitting .245, good for 14th in the league. The White Sox hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Jose Abreu is hitting .268 with an on-base percentage of .324. He has 87 hits this season in 325 at bats with 50 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .468 and an OPS+ of 119. Carlos Sanchez is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .303. He has totaled 81 hits and he has driven in 38 men in 315 at bats. His OPS+ is 98 while his slugging percentage is at .410. The White Sox have 712 hits, including 139 doubles and 89 home runs. Chicago has walked 219 times so far this season and they have struck out 808 times as a unit. They have left 561 men on base and have a team OPS of .707. They score 4.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 341 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 56-31 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.12, Justin Verlander has a 9-4 record and a 0.86 WHIP. He has 144 strikeouts over the 118.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 78 hits. He's allowing 5.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.59 and they have given up 187 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 290 batters and walked 62 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.84. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 598 base knocks and 247 earned runs this season. They have given up 77 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 230 hitters and struck out 911 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.06 while their FIP as a staff is 3.07.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. George Springer comes into this matchup batting .254 with an OBP of .336. He has 84 hits this year along with 42 RBI in 331 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .441 with an OPS+ of 120. Jose Altuve is hitting .334 this season and he has an OBP of .398. He has collected 114 hits in 341 at bats while driving in 41 runs. He has an OPS+ of 148 and a slugging percentage of .472. The Astros as a unit have 775 base hits, including 164 doubles and 111 homers. Houston has walked 305 times this year and they have struck out on 681 occasions. They have had 585 men left on base and have an OPS of .769. They have scored 5.03 runs per game and totaled 438 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox +270
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