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2021 MLB Handicapping: ALDS Game 1
(0-0) Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros (0-0)
Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Time: 4:07 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: TBA (CHI) vs. Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: White Sox +125 Astros -154 (Bet Now!)
MLB run line Betting Odds: White Sox +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8
The White Sox will be in Houston to take on the Astros for Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series. The first pitch is set for 4:07 ET on Thursday.
No starter has been named for Chicago yet and Lance McCullers Jr. is going for the Astros.
These teams met back in July and the White Sox won the series.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox had very high expectations going into this season and they lived up to them in the regular season. Now we will see what they do when it really matters.
This club won the American League Central with a record of 93-69. As the season went on, it was really never in question that they were going to win that division. They finished 13 games ahead of the Indians.
Chicago finished off their season with a 5-2 loss to the Tigers, but they still won 2 games out of 3. In those games, the Sox scored 15 runs and allowed 10 runs.
Dylan Cease went 4 innings and allowed 1 earned run on Sunday.
At this time, there has been no announcement about who will start in the first game. I was thinking it would be Lance Lynn, but you never know.
Throughout the year, the pitching for this team was very good. They finished the year with an ERA of 3.73 which is 5th best in the game.
The offense was also very productive. They ended up scoring 4.91 runs per game which were 7th best in baseball.
Chicago hit 190 home runs which were 19th best overall.
Similar to the White Sox, the Astros had a very strong 2021 season and they were one of the better teams in the American League.
This team won the American League West with a record of 95-67. They finished 5 games ahead of the Mariners.
Houston took 2 games out of 3 from the Athletics over the weekend. In those games, the Astros scored 23 runs and allowed 18 runs.
Jose Urquidy went 6 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on Sunday.
Lance McCullers Jr. was very impressive this season. He was 13-5 with an ERA of 3.16.
The pitching on this team was very strong throughout the year. They held an ERA of 3.76 which was 7th best in baseball.
Their offense was one of the best in baseball the entire year. They ended up 1st in runs scored per game.
Houston blasted 221 home runs which were 9th best in the game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The White Sox are 54-110 in their last 164 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- The White Sox are 15-36 in their last 51 games as an underdog.
- The White Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games.
- The White Sox are 15-40 in their last 55 games as a road underdog.
- The Astros are 8-1 in their last 9 Divisional Playoff home games.
- The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 Divisional Playoff games.
- The Astros are 20-8 in their last 28 Thursday games.
- The Astros are 39-18 in their last 57 games as a home favorite.
Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
This has the chance to be a very good series. Both of these teams are fairly evenly matched, so I expect to see some close and competitive games.
One knock on the White Sox is the fact that they did not do great against good teams. They sure did struggle when they played in Houston earlier in the year. Of course, that means nothing now, but I have a hard time seeing them taking Game 1 in Minute Maid.
Both of these starters will have their hands full when going against these powerful lineups. I look for McCullers to start off the series strong and get his team a win.
I like the Astros to start off the series in a good way.
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