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2021 MLB Handicapping: ALDS Game 2
(0-0) Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros (0-0)
Date: Friday, October 8th, 2021
Time: 2:07 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Lucas Giolito (CHI) vs. Framber Valdez (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: White Sox +107 Astros -127 (Bet Now!)
MLB run line Betting Odds: White Sox +1.5, Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The White Sox will be in Houston to take on the Astros for Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series. The first pitch is set for 2:07 ET.
Lucas Giolito is going for the White Sox and Framber Valdez gets the ball for the Astros.
These teams played in Chicago back in July and the White Sox won the series.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox had a very strong season in 2021. They proved to be one of the better teams in the American League.
This team won their division with a record of 93-69. It was never really in question that they were going to win it.
Chicago capped off their season by taking 2 games out of 3 from the Tigers. In that series, the Sox scored 15 runs and allowed 10 runs.
Dylan Cease went 4 innings and allowed 1 earned run on Sunday.
Lucas Giolito had a strong season. He finished 11-9 with an ERA of 3.53. He will look to carry over that success when going against the Astros.
The pitching on this team was very strong. They held an ERA of 3.73 which was 5th best in the Majors.
The offense was also very productive. They ended up scoring 4.91 runs per game which were 7th best in baseball.
The Southsiders 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 club finished first in the American League West with a record of 95-67. Similar to the White Sox, it was never really in question that they were going to win the division.
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.
Framber Valdez had a strong season this year. He was 11-6 with an ERA of 3.14. He will have his hands full when he tries to neutralize that powerful Chicago lineup.
The pitching on this team was very good. They finished in the top 10 for ERA.
Their offense was one of the best in baseball the entire year. They ended up 1st in runs scored per game.
Houston hit 221 home runs which were 9th best overall.
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 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 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 68-29 in their last 97 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- The Astros are 39-18 in their last 57 games as a home favorite.
Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
To me, this is one of the more entertaining games of the playoffs. You have two teams that are very evenly matched and they both have similar strengths. I expect this to be a good one.
As mentioned above, I feel these teams are about even, but I do give the edge to the Astros. I feel they have more firepower up and down their lineup and I like the fact that they are at home. On the pitching side of things, I give the slight edge to the White Sox.
Giolito vs. Valdez is a very appealing pitcher’s duel. I feel that the Valdez will be able to contain that potent offense of Chicago and the Astros will do enough against Giolito to get a win.
I like the Astros as home favorites here.
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