Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros 7/7/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Charlie Morton
The Chicago White Sox visit Minute Maid Park on Saturday, July 7, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Charlie Morton for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +268 and Houston at -300. The White Sox have a 39-43-5 over/under record and a 46-41-0 run line mark. The Astros are 46-43-0 against the run line and have a 38-46-5 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 39-43-5 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 46-41-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 38-46-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 46-43-0 against the run line
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
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 30-57 overall record this season. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 3-9 record with an earned run average of 4.12 and a WHIP of 1.24 this season. He has 76 strikeouts over his 113.2 innings pitched and he's given up 96 hits. He's allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.52. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 295 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen and they've struck out 317 hitters and walked 140 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 4.81. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 752 base hits and 411 earned runs. They have allowed 101 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 371 batters and struck out 644. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team Chicago is hitting .244, good for 18th in the league. The White Sox hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Carlos Sanchez is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .302. He has 83 hits this season in 323 at bats with 40 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .412 and an OPS+ of 98. Jose Abreu is hitting .265 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .322. He has totaled 88 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 332 at bats. His OPS+ is 117 while his slugging percentage is at .461. The White Sox have 727 hits, including 142 doubles and 93 home runs. Chicago has walked 221 times so far this season and they have struck out 831 times as a unit. They have left 568 men on base and have a team OPS of .707. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 348 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 58-31 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.55, Charlie Morton has a 10-2 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 133 strikeouts over the 102.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 73 hits. He's allowing 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.55 and they have given up 192 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 295 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 2.85. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 615 base knocks and 254 earned runs this season. They have given up 80 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 232 hitters and struck out 933 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 3.08.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .332 with an OBP of .398. He has 116 hits this year along with 43 RBI in 349 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .476 with an OPS+ of 149. George Springer is hitting .250 this season and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 85 hits in 340 at bats while driving in 43 runs. He has an OPS+ of 116 and a slugging percentage of .432. The Astros as a unit have 792 base hits, including 167 doubles and 114 homers. Houston has walked 319 times this year and they have struck out on 694 occasions. They have had 605 men left on base and have an OPS of .770. They have scored 5.02 runs per game and totaled 447 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox +268
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