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Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (71-41) at Chicago White Sox (42-68)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)

C McHugh (0-0) (3.24) vs. M Gonzalez (5-10) (5.51)

The Line: Chicago White Sox +194 / Houston Astros -210 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCh, ATSW

The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox meet Wednesday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Houston Astros could use a win here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Astros have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Houston Astros have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 156 hits and 64 RBI while George Springer and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 227 hits and 125 RBI. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 0-3 with a 4.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.  

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros - 8/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago White Sox look for back-to-back wins for the second time in the second half. The White Sox have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 127 hits and 68 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson have combined for 199 hits and 87 RBI. Miguel Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 5-10 with a 5.15 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 28-10 in their last 38 Wednesday games, 7-1 in McHughs last 8 road starts and 9-3 in McHughs last 12 starts. The White Sox are 5-21 in their last 26 Wednesday games, 1-4 in Gonzalezs last 5 home starts and 1-6 in Gonzalezs last 7 starts. The Astros are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and the under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.

I know the Astros are banged up and going through their worst stretch of the season, but the White Sox have won back-to-back games just five times since the start of June. Even at home, it's tough to take the White Sox seriously, and Gonzalez has been hit hard all year and is coming off a game in which he allowed seven runs and seven hits in 1.2 innings. McHugh has allowed nine hits and two earned runs in his last 12 innings. This juice is insane, so I'm taking the RL to add value to this wager that's more of a fade from the White Sox than anything else.

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