Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Prediction, 10/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+107) Houston (-127)
Minute Maid Park is the site where Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (95-67, 1st in AL West) will take on the Chicago White Sox (93-69, 1st in AL Central) on Friday. The Astros open this contest at -127 while the White Sox are coming in at +107. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The men taking the mound are Lucas Giolito and Framber Valdez.
The White Sox have accumulated 275 doubles as a unit and have hit 190 baseballs out of the stadium. Chicago has a slugging percentage of .422 and have been rung up 1,389 times, while being walked on 586 occasions. As a unit, the Chicago White Sox are scoring 4.9 runs per game, which has them at 8th in MLB. They have tallied 757 runs batted in in addition to 1,373 hits this season, while their team batting average is at .256. They have accounted for 796 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .336.
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White Sox pitchers have allowed 182 long balls and also 636 total runs (4th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 485 opposing players and their FIP is 3.74 as a team for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.27 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.20. The White Sox have compiled a team earned run average of 3.73 on the year (5th in the league), and their staff has struck out 1,588 batters.
The White Sox bullpen have compiled a save rate of 63.2% and has entered the game in 161 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 201 base runners so far this year with 34.8% of them ended up scoring. White Sox bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on 131 times in addition to having 154 appearances in high leverage situations. The White Sox have dispatched 512 relievers to the hill for the year. The relievers are sitting with 89 holds for the year (10th in the league). They have compiled 43 saves so far this season and have not converted 25 of their 68 chances to get a save.
The Chicago White Sox have accounted for 4,210 putouts on the campaign, as well as 1,210 assists and 97 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .982 which has them sitting 27th in baseball, and they have twisted 1,117 double plays. The White Sox have turned 69.4% of baseballs in play into outs out of 12,630 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 18th in the majors.
Giolito has thrown 667 frames and has totaled 696 K's in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.19 (311 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.194. He has allowed 546 hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 251 free passes. Giolito (42-38 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.31 and he has gone up against 2,768 hitters during his time in the majors.
Houston has a total of 221 long balls on the year as well as 834 runs batted in. They have put up 299 doubles, while walking 569 times as well as earning 863 runs. The Houston Astros have recorded a team on-base percentage of .339 in addition to a batting average of .267 on the year. The Astros hold a slugging percentage of .444 and they are scoring 5.33 runs per outing (1st in MLB). They have struck out on 1,222 occasions (29th in MLB) and have earned a total of 1,496 base knocks.
The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.230 and have a FIP of 4.12 as a squad so far this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.65 (1,456 strikeouts against 549 free passes). They have a ranking of 5th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 1,229. They have conceded 187 long balls and they surrender 4.10 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Houston pitching staff have surrendered 658 runs this year while having an ERA of 3.76 (604 earned runs relinquished).
Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 36.1% out of their 202 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 166 times in high leverage situations in addition to 137 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 131 save situations, the Astros have accumulated 69 holds and 27 blown saves. They rank 24th in baseball with a save rate of 55.7%, and they have sent 512 relievers to the mound so far this year. Houston has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 61 save opportunities and they have converted 34 saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 126 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .988 (1st in MLB). The Astros have racked up 1,432 assists, 71 errors and have a tally of 4,335 putouts this year. In 13,005 innings on the field, the Astros have a defensive efficiency of 71.3% (3rd in professional baseball).
In his career, Valdez has surrendered 269 hits while he has accumulated 303 K's in 313 innings pitched. Valdez (24-17 career mark) has earned a 3.74 ERA and has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 130 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.313 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.13 and he has gone up against 1,343 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+107)
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