Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 7/19/14
Houston Astros (40-56) at Chicago White Sox (45-51)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (9-5) (3.199) vs. Hector Noesi (R) (3-6) (4.631)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -120 / Houston Astros +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros face off on Saturday at US Cellular Field in game two of their series.
The Chicago White Sox fell behind early on Friday but they battled back and got the win. Dayan Viciedo hit a home run, Alejando De Aza had two hits, and Jose Abreu had a hit as the White Sox scored three runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana allowed three hits and two runs while striking out eight over 5.0 innings to not get a decision as Daniel Webb got the win to go to 5-2 for the season and Zach Putnam earned his second save. For Saturday’s game the White Sox start Hector Noesi who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Noesi has allowed 85 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 64 over 81 innings for a 3-6 record and a 4.56 ERA.
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The Houston Astros Have shown some promise this season but they have been falling back over the past month and they lost again on Friday. Jose Altuve, Matt Dominguez, and Jonathan Singleton each had hits as the Astros scored two runs on three hits. Starting pitcher Scott Feldman allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out two over 7.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 4-7 for the season. For Saturday’s game the Astros start Dallas Keuchel who makes his fifth start in a row on the road. For the season Keuchel has allowed 109 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 87 over 115.1 innings for a 9-5 record and a 3.20 ERA.
Chicago is 7-2 as a home favorite, 2-4 in their last six games, and 1-5 in Noesi’s last six starts. Houston is 9-3 against the AL Central, 8-19 in their last 27 games, and 7-3 in Keuchel’s last 10 road starts.
Noesi hasn’t been good but the Astros have been worse so I like Chicago in this spot.
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