Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (15-24) at Chicago White Sox (24-14)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
D Keuchel (2-5) (5.58) vs. C Rodon (1-4) (4.99)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +101 / Houston Astros -111 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox look to continue their hot start to the year as they host the Houston Astros at The Cell on Tuesday night.
The Astros have been among the league’s biggest disappointments this season as they have gone from a trendy pick to win the AL pennant to one fighting to win games as they are 15-24 this season and don’t look anything near a playoff team at the moment. Houston does have the makeup of a playoff team though as their roster is loaded with talent and second baseman Jose Altuve is having an MVP type season right now and if the rest of his team can right the ship and start being more productive at the plate it would certainly help turn things around for a Houston team looking to get back into the postseason. Doug Fister will get the start on the mound for the Astros as he is 3-3 with a 4.22 ERA while the White Sox will counter with Carlos Rodon who is a disappointing 1-4 with a 4.99 ERA.
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The White Sox have been one of the best teams in the league to start the season as they have a potent lineup with a ton of power and with Chris Sale anchoring the front line of the rotation they have the potential to not only win the AL Central but do some serious damage in the playoffs. Chicago is flying under the radar a bit thanks to the play of their cross town rivals but the South Siders have to be happy with where they are at the moment as guys like Todd Frazier, Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, and Brett Lawrie make up a pretty solid lineup and should challenge the Royals for the division crown.
Houston is 6-1 in their last seven games following a loss, 19-44 in their last 63 road games, and 1-7 in their last eight series openers while the White Sox are 6-0 in their last six following an off day, 1-4 in their last five overall, and 7-2 in their last nine home games. This should be an exciting game as Keuchel and Rodon both look to find their groove and while the former is coming off a Cy Young season he hasn’t looked himself and things don’t get easier on the road against a good White Sox team.