Carson Fulmer, no relation to Michael as far as I understand, will look to perform mop-up duty for the White Sox tonight against the Astros. While the Indians won 22 in a row, the Astros are trying to muster up a long winning streak before the curtain closes on the regular season. They have won six in a row, after taking down the White Sox last night.
In comparison to the Indians, six wins straight isn’t much. The name of the game is to be hot in the postseason, though. The rest is window dressing. What can have an impact on the postseason is home field advantage, though. Both the Indians and Astros are great wherever they play, so maybe it won’t have much of an impact, but we’ll see.
With the Indians at 94 wins and the Astros at 93, it’s going to be a tight finish. There is no suspense to decide the divisions as both own 16.5 game leads in the AL Central and West. The wildcard race is still close, with the Twins clinging on to a 1-game lead. The Twins get the Tigers next, so barring a collapse, they shouldn’t have to worry about the Angels catching up to them, now at least. The Angels had the displeasure of having the Indians in town recently.
Dallas Keuchel will get the start for the ‘Stros on Thursday. Keuchel is hoping to fine-tune his game after some sour spots on his resume lately. No problems against the Mariners in his last start, but he did allow 4 and 6 runs to the Rangers. The Astros need a hot Keuchel in the postseason. They aren’t going to compete with the Indians if it isn’t the case.
The Indians’ pitching is far too deep for an ace to be off come postseason time. Same goes for the newly acquired Justin Verlander. Verlander has been on fire, and has given the Astros a lift. He also brings with him plenty of experience from the postseason appearances while a Tiger. We’ll see what Keuchel brings to the hump tonight. Get our free White Sox vs. Astros pick below.
Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros Pick
Carson Fulmer (2-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (13-4, 2.96 ERA)
Fulmer is a relatively new addition to the White Sox active roster. He’s spent the majority of his year in the minors and jumped up to the majors on August 21st. Fulmer had eight appearances in 2016 out of the bullpen and it didn’t go so well. He had a 8.49 ERA with 11 runs allowed in only 11.2 innings pitched. Fulmer has had three starts in 2017, with one coming up bad against the Twins, and a couple of nice starts against the Tigers and Giants. The Tigers and Giants are the worst offenses in baseball currently so don’t look too far into it. He allowed just 1 run against each, but allowed 6 runs in only 1.1 innings against the Twins on the 21st.
He will see a huge increase in talent against the Astros. Houston is 1st in baseball with regards to runs scored per game. They score 5.45 runs per game, and 6 per game in their last three games. The White Sox are 22nd in runs scored. I’m not a huge supporter of backing large favorites but it can be justified in spots here and there. I wouldn’t lay -300+ but a play on the run line looks reasonable tonight.
PICK: ASTROS -1.5 (-135)