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Baseball odds preview - Houston vs. Chicago

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June 8, 8:10 PM | GrassU.S. Cellular Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox Odds

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Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Friday as the Astros of Houston swing away against the White Sox of Chicago.

The match puts starter Wandy Rodriguez for the Astros on the hill facing Gavin Floyd for the White Sox. Rodriguez brings a 4-4 mark to the game, while Floyd is 4-5 to date on the season.

View Houston vs Chi White Sox Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the White Sox in this one will find them as -145 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 7-rated White Sox and the league No. 9-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 4-rated American League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 14 in the National League at 4.7 in runs allowed per game. The White Sox have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, almost the same as Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.7 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 14 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 14-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -142 on the moneyline, while the total score (16) was good news for OVER bettors. Houston was scored on plenty on Thursday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 14-2 loss to St. Louis.

The White Sox were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jays. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -146 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The White Sox enjoyed a 4-3 victory at the expense of the Blue Jays on Thursday, with Jake Peavy throwing 6 innings of 4-hit ball at U.S. Cellular Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Astros at White Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Houston is 3-8 SU in their last 11 games when playing Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chi White Sox's last 15 games at home
Chi White Sox are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home
Chi White Sox are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Chi White Sox, Saturday, June 9

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