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Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros
Date & Time Wednesday May 22, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Chicago White Sox +272 / Houston Astros -331 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Chicago White Sox look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The White Sox have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago White Sox have lost eight straight games when scoring three or less runs. Tim Anderson leads the White Sox with 54 hits and 24 RBI while Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu have combined for 98 hits and 68 RBI. Ivan Nova gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Nova is 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won 17 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 61 hits and 34 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 107 hits and 74 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s second career game against the White Sox.

The White Sox are 17-35 in their last 52 Wednesday games, 11-27 in their last 38 vs. American League West and 2-6 in Nova's last 8 starts on grass. The Astros are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series, 56-25 in their last 81 Wednesday games and 4-0 in Cole's last 4 starts. The White Sox are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings. The over is 12-5 in Cole's last 17 home starts. The over is 6-0 in Nova's last 6 starts overall.

Nova has been downright awful for majority of the season, as he's allowing a .343 batting average and 39 earned runs in 47.1 innings this season. That's not what you want to see when going up against an Astros lineup that has it rolling right now. Cole isn't pitching like he was last season, but he's still a pitcher who has tremendous success on the mound, and he's allowed just 10 hits and one run in his last 11 innings. In 26.1 innings at home this season, Cole is allowing a .189 batting average. Give me the Astros to win and the RL to increase the value of the bet.

Houston Astros -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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