Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 8/14/2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field
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Probable Pitchers: Wade Miley vs. Ross Detwiler
Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros (77-41, 1st in AL West) head to Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday where they'll take on the Chicago White Sox (52-64, 3rd in AL Central).
The Astros have been a very good choice for wagerers, having gone 77-41-0 SU. The White Sox cover 44.8% of the time, going 52-64-0 straight up.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been a less than ideal Over option for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 52-62-4.
The Astros cover 55.2% of the time as the road team, having gone 32-26-0 straight up.
Important Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The White Sox cover 48.3% of the time at Guaranteed Rate Field, going 28-30-0 SU.
The White Sox have been a less than ideal Over option for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 52-60-4.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/12/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/6/2019 Josh James RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
6/9/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
8/12/2019 Leury Garcia CF Illness Probable for Aug 13
8/6/2019 Manny Banuelos SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/3/2019 Carson Fulmer RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
7/31/2019 Yoan Moncada 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/8/2019 Ryan Burr RP Elbow Out for the season
6/7/2019 Carlos Rodon SP Elbow Out for the season
3/11/2019 Michael Kopech SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 77-41 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Wade Miley has a 11-4 record with an earned run average of 2.99 and a WHIP of 1.14 this season. He has 116 strikeouts over his 138.1 innings pitched and he's given up 110 hits. He's allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.43. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 337 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen and they've struck out 427 hitters and walked 142 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 866 base hits and 438 earned runs. They have allowed 172 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 334 batters and struck out 1,195. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 4.10.
As a team Houston is hitting .275, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .489 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .350, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .323 with an on-base percentage of .382. He has 140 hits this season in 433 at bats with 72 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .517 and an OPS+ of 136. George Springer is hitting .296 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .383. He has totaled 99 hits and he has driven in 65 men in 335 at bats. His OPS+ is 153 while his slugging percentage is at .588. The Astros have 1,121 hits, including 233 doubles and 199 home runs. Houston has walked 449 times so far this season and they have struck out 848 times as a unit. They have left 839 men on base and have a team OPS of .839. They score 5.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 653 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 52-64 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.35, Ross Detwiler has a 1-3 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 22 strikeouts over the 33.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 41 hits. He's allowing 11 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 7.14. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 380 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 364 batters and walked 184 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.85. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,039 base knocks and 548 earned runs this season. They have given up 166 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 418 hitters and struck out 922 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.88.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 13th in the league. The White Sox hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Jose Abreu comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .313. He has 126 hits this year along with 83 RBI in 464 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .481 with an OPS+ of 106. Tim Anderson is hitting .324 this season and he has an OBP of .347. He has collected 104 hits in 321 at bats while driving in 39 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .492. The White Sox as a unit have 1,000 base hits, including 171 doubles and 126 homers. Chicago has walked 273 times this year and they have struck out on 1,115 occasions. They have had 767 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They have scored 4.12 runs per game and totaled 478 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros
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