Chicago White Sox (30-57) at Houston Astros (58-31)
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -310 / Chicago White Sox +255 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros tangle in game three of their four game set from Minute Maid Park in MLB action on Saturday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after losing seven of their last nine games, including the first two games of this series following an 11-4 loss in game two on Friday. Avisail Garcia led the White Sox by going 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Daniel Palka added a solo homer of his own and Yolmer Sanchez chipped in an RBI as well in the loss. Yoan Moncada and Adam Engel each added a base hit as Chicago put up just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Reynaldo Lopez took the loss, falling to 4-6 this season after allowing three runs on six hits while walking five over 4.2 innings of work. James Shields will start game three and is 3-9 with a 4.12 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shields is 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA and 55 strikeouts against Houston.
The Houston Astros will look to extend their winning streak which currently sits at four games following their win on Friday. Evan Gattis led the ‘Stros by going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. Tim Fedorowicz went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, while Yuli Gurriel added a pair of RBIs as well. Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick each added an RBI as well while Jose Altuve went 3 for 4 at the dish and George Springer added a base hit as well to cap off Houston’s offense in the win. Lance McCullers Jr. got the win to improve to 10-3 this season after giving up one run on three hits while striking out 12 over seven innings of work. Brad Peacock finished the 8th and 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Charlie Morton will start game three and is 10-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 1-9 in Shields’ last 10 starts against a team with a winning record and 24-56 in their last 80 road games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL West. Houston is 5-1 in Morton’s last 6 home starts and 6-1 in their last 7 games against the AL Central while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall. Chicago is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Shields has tossed back-to-back gems, allowing just one run over his last 13.2 innings of work. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the White Sox are still a joke this season and while there was some hope after hanging around and losing a heartbreaker on Thursday, the White Sox went back to old habits and let their opponent light up the scoreboard. Morton has been solid and one of the more underrated pitchers in the majors this season and I think he delivers another win for the Astros here and to negate the insane juice, I’ll back the Astros on the run line.