Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/27/13
Houston Astros (44-86) at Chicago White Sox (54-76)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Paul Clemens (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Jose Quintana (L) (7-4) (3.669)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -186 / Houston Astros +176 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Houston, Chicago
The surging Chicago White Sox look to keep rolling against the visiting Houston Astros Tuesday.
Houston has obviously not had a great year and haven't for quite some time. That means the Astros have lost a lot of games, but they don't lose them all and put up a nice fight more than you think. The Astros offense came to life in a 10-8 decision over the White Sox, where they took a big lead before losing it and than regrouped for the win. Starter Brett Oberholtzer gave up five runs through five frames, while David Martinez allowed three more in 2.2 frames. The bats saved the day with 13 hits and four free passes that saw Chris Carter, Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro and Brett Wallace crush homers and combine for seven RBI's. Houston sends rookie right-hander Paul Clemens to the mound for his first career start. Clemens has been used strictly in relief, with 30 appearances that have covered 46.2 innings, so his stamina is in question.
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The White Sox have been playing their best baseball of 2013, although it's too late to make a difference as far as the postseason is concerned. However, now is a perfect time for Chicago to give some new faces a look and get an idea of what the team will look like in 2014. Following Monday's defeat, the CWS have won eight of eleven where the bats and arms were generally on the same page. It was all offense Monday and that wasn't enough, with Andre Rienzo being charged with seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and three bases on balls through six innings of work. The White Sox attack produced 14 hits and walked three times, with Jeff Keppinger going solo, while Adam Dunn smacked a two-run bomb. Left-hander Jose Quintana is scheduled to take the ball versus the Astros on Tuesday night. Quintana has generally been a dependable member of the White Sox rotation, with quality starts in seven of ten outings.
This is a huge price, but that's because Clemens is making his first start and has struggled in relief. Honestly, this could be risky, but the White Sox are still hot and I'll ride them...