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Houston Eyes Sixth Straight Win Facing Chicago

Jose Altuve's Astros are favored in the Chicago vs Houston odds for June 19.

The Houston Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 home games against the Chicago White Sox including a 2-0 record through the first two games of this current four-game series. The Astros will try to extend their current winning streak to six straight games with another win over the White Sox in Houston this Saturday night.

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros
  • Date/Time: June 19, 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Opening Odds: Astros -115 | O/U 8 runs (Line History)
  • White Sox vs. Astros (Matchup Report)

Opening Odds Analysis

The Astros opened as -115 favorites and have been up slightly to Houston -126. Chicago is now going off as a +116 road underdog and the total in this matchup now sits at 7.5 runs since opening at eight runs. The UNDER is 7-3 in Chicago’s last 10 games against Houston.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Lance Lynn is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career in his 10th year in the majors with a dazzling 1.51 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP through 12 starts. Lynn has given up three runs or fewer in all 12 of his outings this season and has allowed zero earned runs in six of those outings. The veteran has pitched in 13 games against the Astros over his career and owns a 3.94 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP against them.

Framber Valdez has allowed exactly one earned run in each of his four starts this season to record an impressive 1.42 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP on the season. Valdez has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last three starts and has picked up wins in all three of those games.

Chicago News & Notes

The White Sox have one of the most potent offenses in the major leagues as their 4.91 runs per game ranks seventh-best MLB-wide. This group has been stymied by Houston’s pitching staff so far in this series, though, as Chicago lost 10-2 on Thursday night with Jose Urquidy on the mound and 2-1 on Friday night facing Luis Garcia.

Despite the two-game setback, the White Sox still enter the weekend with the second-best record in the American League at 43-27 and a 3.5-game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the AL Central. Chicago’s strong season has been fueled by an elite home record of 27-12; the White Sox are a pedestrian 16-15 on the road.

Houston News & Notes

It’s a testament to how great the Astros front office is at drafting and developing talent that losing ace Justin Verlander for the season hasn’t made this pitching staff skip a beat. Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers Jr., Framber Valdez, Jose Urquidy, and Luis Garcia all have sub-3.75 ERAs this season, and Greinke is the only pitcher on this list that is older than 27 years old and isn’t locked up for next season.

The Astros have the best offense in baseball averaging 5.57 runs per game and a top-10 pitching staff to go along with it. This group is on a roll with a 14-4 record over its last 18 games and has climbed to within two games of the Oakland Athletics for the top spot in the AL West.

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Betting Pick: UNDER 7.5 runs

Lynn and Valdez have both been lights out on a consistent basis this season. Expect another low-scoring pitcher’s duel as we saw in Friday’s 2-1 Astros win.

Shark Bites
  • Chicago is 4-12 in its last 16 games vs. Houston.
  • Houston is 8-1 in its last 9 home games.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Houston’s last 5 games.