Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (39-39) at Houston Astros (42-37)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
M Gonzalez (1-3) (5.17) vs. M Fiers (5-3) (4.41)
The Line: Houston Astros -153 / Chicago White Sox +143 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, RTSW
Down at Minute Maid Park on Friday, the Chicago White Sox will visit the Houston Astros to kick off their weekend series.
The White Sox just finished up against the Twins this week. Chicago and Minnesota split the first two games, and in the rubber match Thursday the White Sox eked out a 6-5 victory.
As for the Astros, they played a three-game set against the Angels this week. Houston won all three matchups, giving them 11 wins in their last 12 games.
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For Friday’s game, the White Sox will be rolling out right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. In his 11 appearances so far (10 starts), Gonzalez has posted a 5.17 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP in 55.2 innings overall. In a loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday, Gonzalez gave up a whopping eight runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings.
The Chicago batting order features several intriguing hitters. Adam Eaton heads things up with 84 hits, 40 runs and 26 RBI thus far. Melky Cabrera has hit 82 times with 35 runs, eight homers and 39 RBI. Cabrera has been fighting off a wrist injury lately. Jose Abreu holds 80 hits with 29 runs, 11 homers and 48 RBI thus far.
We’ll be seeing right-hander Mike Fiers make the start for the Astros on Friday. In his 15 games (14 starts) this year with a 5-3 record, Fiers has logged a 4.41 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP in 83.2 innings total. On Saturday against the Royals, Fiers lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs (two earned) in a no-decision.
At the plate, the Houston hitters have been mashing lately. Jose Altuve has a stellar 111 hits so far with 13 homers, 46 RBI and 60 runs. George Springer has hit 83 times with 55 runs, 17 homers (team-high) and 48 RBI. Carlos Correa holds 77 hits with 39 runs, 13 homers and 49 RBI in 2016.
The White Sox are 1-4 in their last five against the American League West and 5-13 in their last 18 road games. Chicago is also 56-119 in their last 175 road games against a team with a winning record, and 57-116 in their last 173 road games against a team with a winning home record.
As for the Astros, they’re 12-2 in their last 14 home games, and 4-1 in their last five game ones of a series. Houston is also 6-1 in Fiers’ last seven home starts, and 4-1 in their last five games following an off day.
I’ve got to go with the red-hot Astros here, even though Fiers is coming off a shaky start. The offense should be able to take care of Chicago.