The MLB is set up with another strong night of action on Friday. Fifteen games will be up on the board throughout June 18. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has started out this season with a record of 43-26, which has them sitting in first place of the AL Central. The White Sox have a three and a half game lead on the Cleveland Indians and will look to extend it with a win in this one. Chicago is coming off a loss on Thursday night, which ended a two game winning streak. The White Sox will look to bounce back with a win on Friday night.
The Astros have earned a record of 40-28 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the AL West. Houston has won four games in a row entering this one. The Astros will look to continue to close the gap on the A’s with a win on June 18. I expect Houston to come out quickly as they try to carry momentum over.
These two teams have been solid to open up this season so far. Both teams are near the top of their respective divisions and will look for a big win in this one. Houston is coming off a win in the first game of this series and will look to keep it up in this one. The White Sox will look to put up a much more complete performance as they try to tie up this road series.
The White Sox played a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays before this series opened up. Chicago dropped the first game of that series 5-2, but bounced back with a 3-0 win in the second game. Yasmani Grandal hit a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth in the third meeting to lead the White Sox to an 8-7 win.
Houston is coming off a two game set against the Texas Rangers before this series started. Carlos Correa hit the game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth. Jose Altuve hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth to give the Astros a 6-3 win. Jose Altuve and Chas McCormick both hit two home runs in the second matchup as Houston earned an 8-4 win to close out the series.
The first meeting of this season between these two teams was on June 17 in Houston. Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer in the first as the Astros jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Jose Altuve also homered in route to a two RBI night. Jose Urquidy earned the win pitching seven innings with four hits and two runs. Houston was able to hold on for a 10-2 win on the night.
These two teams have only met up once this season, with the Astros putting up a dominant performance in that win. Chicago will look to bounce back in this one as they try to get back in the win column. Houston has been hot as of late and will look to keep the momentum going early in this matchup. If either team can come out hot, I think it will be enough for the win.
Chicago has been solid hitting the ball throughout this season. The White Sox have 316 RBI’s on the season, which is 7th in the MLB. Chicago has also earned 67 home runs, which is 22nd in the league. Chicago has been at their best pitching and in the field. The White Sox have only given up 244 runs throughout this season, which is 2nd in the MLB.
The Astros have been one of the best hitting teams so far this season. Houston has earned 363 RBI’s this season, which is 1st in the league. The Astros have also hit 92 homers, which is 6th in the MLB. Houston has been solid on defense. The Astros have allowed opposing teams to earn 281 runs, which is 13th in the league so far.
This is a classic matchup of batting vs pitching. Houston was able to come through on Thursday night with their bats, but the White Sox will look to respond with a good defensive game on Friday night. If Chicago can make this a low scoring game, I think they can bounce back with a win. The Astros will look to get runners on early and often again in this one though.
I expect Carlos Rodon to get the start on the mound for the White Sox in this one. Rodon has started in 11 games this season, earning a record of 6-2. He has put up an ERA of 1.89 and a 0.84 WHIP throughout those games played. Rodon pitched seven innings in his last start against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up one hit and one run in route to the winning decision.
Luis Garcia will likely get the nod at pitcher for Houston on Friday night. Garcia has earned a record of 5-4 throughout his 13 games played. He has posted a 2.98 ERA and a WHIP of 1.042 in his starts this season. Garcia pitched four and a third innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.
These two pitchers have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. Rodon has put up great numbers throughout his starts and will look to keep Houston off the board in this one. Garcia is coming off a forgettable performance. He will look to bounce back with a big win in this one. If either pitcher can get into a groove early in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The Astros are coming off a big win against Chicago on Thursday night, but I think the White Sox will respond with a win in this one. Carlos Rodon has been great all season long and I think he can put up another good start against Houston. If Chicago can get on the board early, I think they can hold off the Astros to earn the win on the road.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -106 against the money line. This gives a very slight edge to the White Sox on the road in this one. Chicago has been the better team overall this season, which makes this line make sense. I think that the White Sox can put together a much better defensive performance in this one to tie up this series against the Astros.