Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox MLB Odds Preview

Houston vs Chicago MLB Odds Preview

Written by on May 18, 2016

On Thursday night, the Houston Astros will take on the Chicago White Sox in American League action. These two teams also squared off against each other in the 2005 World Series, when the Astros were still in the National League, and the White Sox won in a sweep. The Astros (16-24) are in last place in the American League West, but they won the opener of the three-game set on Tuesday, beating the White Sox, 6-5. The White Sox (24-15) are in first place in the American League Central but have dropped five of their last six. Find out more about the latest MLB betting lines here.

Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox MLB Odds Preview

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 8:10 PM Eastern time Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago TV: CSCh, RTSW Radio: WLS 890 AM Chicago Live Stream: MLB.tv MLB Odds: TBA Pitching Matchup: Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.58 ERA) (HOU) vs Chris Sale (8-0, 1.67 ERA) (CHI)  

Why should you bet on Houston?

Collin McHugh is off to a decent start as the Astros’ starter, although his last start (6 IP, 4 ER, 10 H) was a little bit of a dip. Before that, he had won three straight starts, and he has gone 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA since his forgettable start to open the season. Manager A.J. Hinch has brought up some minor leaguers to jolt the offense, and it worked on Tuesday, as call-up Evan Gattis blasted a two-run shot in the 11th inning to send the Astros to their win on Tuesday. Call-up Tyler White hit two solo homers and a double, and lineup regulars Jose Altuve and Jason Castro joined the hit parade, each driving in a run.

Why should you put your money on the White Sox?

The White Sox send Chris Sale to the mound; in the storied history of the White Sox franchise, Sale is the first pitcher even to win each of the first eight starts to open a season. Only three Astros have ever gotten hits off Sale (Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa). While the White Sox offense has been sputtering a bit as of late, Adam Eaton has been pounding the ball, with multiple extra-base hits even during this mini-drought. The return of Todd Frazier to third base strengthens their defense and brings a strong bat back to the lineup as well.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

With Sale on the mound, I don’t see the Astros winning this one. I’m predicting a 4-1 Chicago win.