The MLB finally kicks off all the Division Series game on Friday. Four games will be up on the board throughout October 8. To kick off the action, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros will meet up. These two teams have been solid all season long and will look for a big win in Game 2. This game will throw the first pitch at around 2:10 PM Eastern time.
Chicago finished out the regular season with a record of 93-69, which had them win the AL Central and earn the third seed in the American League. The White Sox have lost their last two games including Game 1 of this series. Chicago will look to bounce back with a much needed win on the road though as they try to tie this series back up before it shifts home.
The Astros put up a record of 95-67 throughout the regular season, which had them in the top spot of the AL West. Houston has won three games in a row including Game 1 of this series. The Astros were able to put up a strong performance in Game 1. Houston will look to put up another strong performance to grab a stranglehold on this series.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and it should lead to a really tight series. Houston was able to earn a big win in Game 1 of this series and will look to back it up with another strong performance. If either team can gain an early lead in this one, it could be enough for a big win in this one.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Chicago White Sox||+1 ½ (-180)||+113||Over 8 (-107)|
|Houston Astros||-1 ½ (+160)||-123||Under 8 (-113)|
|Team Data||Chicago White Sox||Houston Astros|
|Away/ Home Record||40-41||51-30|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.253||.267|
|ERA Away/ Home||3.93||3.58|
Chicago White Sox
- 11-22 when listed as an underdog
- 16-17 against the run line as an underdog
- 7-19 as road underdog
- 45-24 after a loss
- 2-2 in October games
- 16-8 when playing on Friday
- 34-29 playing in day games
- 84-54 when listed as a favorite
- 64-74 against the run line as favorite
- 49-27 as home favorite
- 59-36 after a win
- 3-1 in October games
- 18-8 when playing on Friday
- 26-26 playing in day games
The White Sox and Astros met up seven times throughout the regular season. Houston outscored Chicago 35-23 in those matchups as well. The Astros were able to jump out to a 1-0 lead in this series as well. Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez both had two RBI’s on the afternoon in Game 1 as Houston earned a big 6-1 win.
The White Sox were solid with the bats in their hands this season. Chicago earned a batting average of .256, which was 5th in the MLB. The White Sox also posted a .758 OPS, which was 7th in the league. Chicago hit in 796 runs on the season, which was 7th in the MLB.
Houston was even stronger at the plate throughout the regular season. The Astros put up a .267 batting average, which was 1st in the league. Houston also earned an OPS of .784, which was 2nd in the MLB. The Astros also scored 863 runs, which is 1st in the league.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to get the bats going in this one. Chicago has a right hander starting in this one, while the Astros have a lefty on the mound. The White Sox have hit a BA of .261 and a .775 OPS against left handers. Houston has posted a .266 batting average and an OPS of .781 against righties.
Lucas Giolito will likely get the start on the mound for Chicago in this one. Giolito started in 31 games throughout the regular season, going 11-9. He posted a 3.53 ERA and a WHIP of 1.10 in those matchups. Giolito has one career playoff start where he gave up one run through seven innings in route to a win. He will look for another strong start in this one.
Of the 76 pitches Lance Lynn threw today, only 6 swinging strikes and only 9 called strikes
Lucas Giolito in his last outing vs Astros
15 swinging strikes
21 called strikes
1 run complete game
— Nick ✨ (@Sox_Nick) October 8, 2021
I expect Framber Valdez to get the nod at pitcher for the Astros on Friday afternoon. Valdez earned a record of 11-6 throughout his 22 starts in the regular season. He put up an ERA of 3.14 and a 1.25 WHIP in those starts. Valdez has had four career postseason appearances. He has earned a 1.88 ERA and a WHIP of 1.00 in route to a 3-1 record in those games played.
These two pitchers have been solid in their limited playoff starts and will look for a big win in this one. Chicago’s bullpen had the edge throughout the regular season. The White Sox had a 3.97 ERA from their relievers, which was 12th in the league. Houston’s bullpen put up an ERA of 4.06, which was 15th in the MLB this season.
Houston was able to earn a big win to open up this series and will look to put up another strong performance on Friday afternoon. The White Sox have been strong this season though and I think they will have a response. Chicago has the edge on the mound and I do not expect their bats to stay quiet. If the White Sox can grab an early lead, I think they can tie this series up.
BetOnline has the Astros listed as a -123 against the money line in this one. This implies that Houston will win this game around 55.2 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with how well these teams match up. If Chicago can get a strong start from Giolito, I like their chances in this one. As underdogs, I really like the value on the White Sox.