Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros MLB Picks 5/22/2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Ivan Nova vs. Gerrit Cole
Minute Maid Park is the venue where Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros (32-16, 1st in AL West) will play the Chicago White Sox (21-25, 3rd in AL Central) on Wednesday. The White Sox open this contest at +280 while the Astros are coming in at -315. The over/under has been set at 8.5.
The White Sox have been less than ideal for wagerers, having gone 21-25-0 SU. The Astros are covering 66.7% of the time, going 32-16-0 straight up. The Astros have been lousy for oddsmakers as the favorite, going 32-15-0 SU. The White Sox are covering 40.6% of the time as the underdog, having gone 13-19-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The White Sox have been a pretty good Over bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 23-22-1.
Chicago is covering 45.5% of the time on the road, having gone 10-12-0 straight up.
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros are covering 81.0% of the time at Minute Maid Park, going 17-4-0 SU.
The Astros have been a great Under bet for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 20-26-2.
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)
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
05/19/19 RF George Springer Back is questionable Tuesday vs Chicago White Sox
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 21-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ivan Nova has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 7.42 and a WHIP of 1.80 this season. He has 32 strikeouts over his 47.1 innings pitched and he's given up 69 hits. He's allowed 13.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have given up 146 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen and they've struck out 157 hitters and walked 80 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 400 base hits and 220 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 185 batters and struck out 374. They have walked 4.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.49 and their FIP as a unit is 5.00.
As a team Chicago is hitting .253, good for 10th in the league. The White Sox hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Yoan Moncada is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .345. He has 50 hits this season in 176 at bats with 29 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .517 and an OPS+ of 130. Tim Anderson is hitting .329 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 54 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 164 at bats. His OPS+ is 132 while his slugging percentage is at .506. The White Sox have 391 hits, including 70 doubles and 53 home runs. Chicago has walked 124 times so far this season and they have struck out 437 times as a unit. They have left 317 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 199 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 32-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.56, Gerrit Cole has a 4-4 record and a 1.04 WHIP. He has 93 strikeouts over the 60.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 47 hits. He's allowing 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.65 and they have given up 104 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .196 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 153 batters and walked 44 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.36. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 318 base knocks and 157 earned runs this season. They have given up 54 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 120 hitters and struck out 454 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.04 while their FIP as a staff is 3.56.
As a team, they are batting .279, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .506 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.5 hits per contest. Carlos Correa comes into this matchup batting .292 with an OBP of .354. He has 49 hits this year along with 31 RBI in 168 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .571 with an OPS+ of 145. Alex Bregman is hitting .270 this season and he has an OBP of .391. He has collected 44 hits in 163 at bats while driving in 34 runs. He has an OPS+ of 155 and a slugging percentage of .564. The Astros as a unit have 454 base hits, including 89 doubles and 88 homers. Houston has walked 181 times this year and they have struck out on 344 occasions. They have had 338 men left on base and have an OPS of .858. They have scored 5.44 runs per game and totaled 261 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's White Sox/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the White Sox +280
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