Houston Astros (75-42) vs. Chicago White Sox (60-56)
August 17, 2022 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago White Sox +145 / Houston Astros -196; Over/Under: +8
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The Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox meet Wednesday in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field. This will be the third installment in a four-game set this week. In the opener, the Sox posted a two-run win. On Tuesday, Chicago kept it going with another win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston led for most of the game on Monday, but fell apart late in a 4-2 defeat. In the Tuesday game two, the Astros managed 10 hits in a 4-3 victory. Starter Justin Verlander managed 7.0 innings, three earned, eight hits and a walk.
For the starter job in the Wednesday matchup, the Astros will send out Framber Valdez. Over his 22 starts this year Valdez is 11-4 with a 2.73 ERA. In 142.0 innings total he has 43 earned, 111 hits and 49 walks with 128 Ks.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they scored all four of their runs in the eighth inning Monday on the way to nine team hits. In the Tuesday game Chicago had a brief lead but eventually lost it. Dylan Cease put up 5.0 innings in the start with three earned, six hits and three walks.
Michael Kopech will make the start for the Sox on Wednesday. In his 21 starts so far Kopech is 4-8 with a 3.18 ERA. In 104.2 innings total he has 37 earned, 73 hits, 51 walks and 96 strikeouts.
The Astros are 23-6 in their last 29 versus a team with a winning record and 20-7 in their last 27 in game three of a series. Houston is 38-18 in the last 56 overall.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 in game three of a series and the under is 5-1-3 in their last nine in game three of a series. The under is 5-1-2 in Chicago’s last eight versus a lefty starter.
PICK: I’m going to go with the Astros. Valdez has done a pretty decent job lately. Over his last three starts he’s got a combined six earned runs in 20.1 innings on 16 hits and five walks. Valdez is 2-0 in that time as well. As for Kopech, he gave up four earned in 3.1 innings versus Texas, but bounced back with 6.0 no-hit innings (and three walks) against Detroit his last time up. Kopech is 0-2 in his last trio, however. Should be a good starter battle, but I like Houston on the eventual win.