Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros MLB Picks 5/20/2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Manny Banuelos vs. Brad Peacock
Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox (21-23, 3rd in AL Central) go to Minute Maid Park on Monday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (31-15, 1st in AL West). The White Sox open this matchup at +138 while the Astros are priced at -148. The over/under opens at 9.
The White Sox have been a less than ideal pick for bettors, having gone 21-23-0 SU. Houston is covering 67.4% of the time, going 31-15-0 straight up. The Astros have been strong for baseball bettors as a favorite, going 31-15-0 SU. The White Sox are covering 41.9% of the time as the underdog, having gone 13-18-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The White Sox have been a solid Over option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 23-20-1.
Chicago is covering 47.6% of the time away from home, having gone 10-11-0 straight up.
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros are covering 80.0% of the time at Minute Maid Park, going 16-4-0 SU.
The Astros have been a good Under option for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 20-24-2.
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
05/17/19 P Manny Banuelos Shoulder 10-day IL (05/15)
05/02/19 P Carlos Rodon Elbow 10-day IL (05/02)
04/28/19 P Nate Jones Elbow 60-day IL (04/27)
04/28/19 LF Eloy Jimenez Ankle 10-day IL (04/27)
03/27/19 CF Jon Jay Hip 60-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 P Michael Kopech Arm is out indefinitely
Key Houston Astros Injuries
05/11/19 2B Jose Altuve Hamstring 10-day IL (05/11)
03/28/19 P Joe Smith Achilles 10-day IL (03/25)
03/28/19 P Lance McCullers Jr Elbow 10-day IL (03/25); is out for season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 21-23 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Manny Banuelos has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 7.26 and a WHIP of 1.87 this season. He has 32 strikeouts over his 31 innings pitched and he's given up 39 hits. He's allowed 11.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.07. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen and they've struck out 151 hitters and walked 79 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.09. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 384 base hits and 213 earned runs. They have allowed 65 home runs this season, ranking them 7th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 181 batters and struck out 366. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.50 and their FIP as a unit is 4.94.
As a team Chicago is hitting .255, good for 7th in the league. The White Sox hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Tim Anderson is hitting .325 with an on-base percentage of .354. He has 51 hits this season in 157 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .510 and an OPS+ of 132. Yoan Moncada is hitting .288 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .344. He has totaled 49 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 170 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .518. The White Sox have 378 hits, including 68 doubles and 53 home runs. Chicago has walked 122 times so far this season and they have struck out 416 times as a unit. They have left 303 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.48 runs per contest and have scored a total of 197 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 31-15 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.01, Brad Peacock has a 4-2 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 42.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 34 hits. He's allowing 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.46. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have given up 96 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .191 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 148 batters and walked 44 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.43. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 301 base knocks and 154 earned runs this season. They have given up 53 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 120 hitters and struck out 438 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.04 while their FIP as a staff is 3.63.
As a team, they are batting .282, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .509 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .354, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. George Springer comes into this matchup batting .318 with an OBP of .402. He has 57 hits this year along with 42 RBI in 179 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .665 with an OPS+ of 182. Michael Brantley is hitting .331 this season and he has an OBP of .382. He has collected 58 hits in 175 at bats while driving in 32 runs. He has an OPS+ of 154 and a slugging percentage of .571. The Astros as a unit have 442 base hits, including 85 doubles and 85 homers. Houston has walked 172 times this year and they have struck out on 327 occasions. They have had 326 men left on base and have an OPS of .863. They have scored 5.54 runs per game and totaled 255 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the White Sox +138
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