Chicago White Sox (30-56) at Houston Astros (57-31)
|Date & Time||Friday July 6, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -300 / Chicago White Sox +268 --- Over/Under: 8
Coming up Friday down at Minute Maid Park, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros will be picking up their weekend MLB series once again.
In the Thursday opener, the Sox took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but Houston banged out two runs for a 4-3 victory.
For Friday’s game, the Sox will be sending out RHP Reynaldo Lopez. Across his 100.1 innings and 4-5 record this year, Lopez has a 3.68 ERA with 73 Ks and 42 BBs.
Chicago’s top hitter this season is Jose Abreu, who came into this set with 87 hits, 41 runs, 12 homers and 50 RBI. On Thursday, Abreu had one hit.
Over on the Astros’ side, they’re rolling with Lance McCullers on Friday. Over 101.1 innings and a 9-3 mark, McCullers has a 3.55 ERA with 106 Ks and 38 BBs.
Houston’s hitting leader is Jose Altuve, who entered this series on 115 hits, 56 runs and 41 RBI. In the opener, Altuve slugged a two-run homer.
The Sox are 15-38 in their last 53 in game two of a series and 2-5 in Lopez’s last seven road starts. Chicago is also 1-6 in Lopez’s last seven starts versus a team with a winning record and the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 48-23 in their last 71 in game two of a series and 39-19 in their last 58 Friday games. Houston is also 4-0 in McCullers’ last four home starts and 6-0 in his last six starts.
Since the beginning of June, Lopez has been pretty good, allowing a total of 14 earned over six starts. As for McCullers, he hasn’t given up more than three earned in an outing since May 26, and is sitting on six straight quality starts. Lopez may hang around for a while but ultimately I think it’ll be all Astros here.