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Chris Sale Going for Nine Straight Wins

Tonight at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, it’s a battle between the American League’s most dominant pitcher and the American League’s most disappointing team. In eight starts this season, Chris Sale is a perfect 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a minuscule 0.76 WHIP. The last-place Astros have gotten the better of the White Sox in the series so far, winning the first two games. It’s the only time this season they’ve won two straight on the road.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Astros' last seven games against the White Sox.
  • The Astros are 6-14 in their last 20 games on the road.
  • The Astros are 0-4 in their last four games after consecutive wins.

Collin McHugh will take the mound for the Astros and will try to improve on some abysmal road numbers. In three starts outside of Houston this season, he has an 8.74 ERA with only 11.1 innings pitched and five strikeouts.

It was smooth sailing for Sale in his lone outing against the Astros last season. He allowed just one run in eight innings pitched while punching out 14 batters. In 38 combined at-bats against Sale, Astros batters have no home runs and 11 strikeouts.

The underperforming Astros have yet to win three games in a row all season, while the White Sox — losers of four straight — might be coming back down to earth after a hot start to the season. A Chicago loss would mark the first time they’ve been swept all season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Chicago White Sox in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline favorites of -180 at BetOnline for Thursday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 7 at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.9-4.9 win for the White Sox. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago White Sox sport a record of 24-16 heading into this matchup, while the Houston Astros sit at 17-24 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Houston injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Chicago White Sox and the league No. 16-ranked Houston Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 13 ranking for hits at 8.68 per game. By contrast, the Houston Astros are rated No. 22 in the same category at 8.05 per game.

Chicago owns the No. 4 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's No. 24-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston rolled to a 5-3 win against Chicago on Wednesday, as D Fister and the Astros' bats led the team to victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
  • Houston is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox
  • Chi White Sox is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox's last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Chi White Sox's last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Texas, Friday, May 20th
Chicago home to Kansas City, Friday, May 20th