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Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/18/14

Houston Astros (40-56) at Chicago White Sox (45-51)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Scott Feldman (R) (4-6) (4.332) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (5-7) (3.243)

The Line: Chicago White Sox -148 / Houston Astros +138 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Houston

The Houston Astros open the second half with a vist to U.S. Cellular Field to battle the Chicago White Sox.

It wasn't all that long ago that Houston threatened the .500 mark and looked like one of the more improved teams in the game. They have since slowed and currently stand 16 games below the breakeven point which seems to say the team isn't much different then in previous seasons. I tend to disagree as I've seen the team show some positive signs at the plate although the work on the mound has tailed off. This could very well be the same old Astros squad but if they come close to matching their first half effort the ship might be at turning ing the right direction. Houston opens the series with Scott Feldman on the bump who faces the White Sox for the first time in 2014. Feldman closed the first half of the year with an 8-3 loss to Boston where he gave up seven runs in 5.1 frames.

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/18/14

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The White Sox are also a team that has shown some spunk in the first half with a young and exciting rotation that could be one of the better staffs if they stay healthy and continue to improve. The biggest area of concern is probably their scoring which can be inconsistent at times and disappear all to often which leaves the pitching to carry the load all too often. At five games below .500 I believe a reachable goal would be a possible winning record which might be a stretch but this is probably a squad a playoff hopeful team doesn't want to see down the stretch because they do have some bite and will be a force in the not so distant future. Left hander Jose Quintana takes the ball Friday for the second time versus the Astros hoping to continue his hot pitching. Quintana went in to the break with two shutouts and a quality start to give him a 1.25 ERA in his last three.

I am thinking White Sox here because Quintana has been hot and has actually thrown the ball well in 2014. The bats have to get him some runs and if they do he can win this...

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Chicago White Sox -148

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