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Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (71-40) at Chicago White Sox (41-68)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)

D Keuchel (9-1) (2.15) vs. D Holland (5-11) (5.67)

The Line: Chicago White Sox +200 / Houston Astros -250 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN

The Houston Astros take on the Chicago White Sox face off on Tuesday in game one of a three game set from Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Houston Astros will look to build on a pair of wins to take their weekend series from Toronto, including a 7-6 come from behind win in the series finale on Sunday. Alex Bregman led the way, going 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs while Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran and Juan Centeno each had multi-hit games with an RBI, with Centeno driving in the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th. Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick each added a double while Derek Fisher added a base knock of his own in the win. Mike Fiers gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out six over six innings of work. Dallas Keuchel will start game one and is 9-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 30 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago White Sox could use a confidence win after dropping their last six games, including a 6-3 loss in the series finale against the Red Sox, putting Chicago on the wrong side of a series sweep. Yolmer Sanchez went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Tim Anderson and Alen Hanson each added a run on the board of their own in the loss. Yoan Moncada went 2 for 4 while Tyler Saladino went 1 for 4 with a double. Leury Garcia, Nicky Delmonico and Omar Narvaez each added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Mike Pelfrey ended up with the loss, giving up all six runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out a pair over 5.2 innings of work, falling to 3-10 on the year. Derek Holland will start game one and is 5-11 with a 5.27 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. In his career, Holland is 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 8-0 in Keuchel’s last 8 road starts and 38-14 in their last 52 road games while the over is 21-9-1 in their last 31 games overall. Chicago is 3-13 in Holland’s last 16 starts and 17-42 in their last 59 games overall while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against the AL West. Houston is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

Even though it was one batter, Holland is still pitching on short rest after putting in a relief appearance on Saturday. That won’t fly against a Houston team that has to be brimming with confidence after their big comeback against the Blue Jays and has their ace on the mound. Just to put it into perspective, Holland has the team’s lowest ERA, and it’s well over five. If that’s not enough to scare you away from the White Sox, I don’t know what is. Give me Houston on the run line to get some extra value. 

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