Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros welcome the Chicago White Sox to their home for game 2 of their weekend series. Last night the White Sox got the better of the Astros, beating them by a score of 6-3. Regardless of the result last night, the Astros have been having themselves a season, and certainly thus far are the comeback story of 2015. If they can keep it up throughout the season is the ultimate question, but as it is now the Astros are 30-19 and are going to catch up to their win mark of last season before too long. They went from being the worst team to a team that might be competing for a postseason spot in a few months. Want to hear my prediction? I think they’ll be in the mix during that time of the year, only to miss out by a few games or two. If it happens I’m still going to say the Astros had a successful season and have a lot to look forward to for the future. They’re young and have groomed some talent in the minors for some years now, so all I can say is they are going to go up from this year on.
Last night the Cleveland Indians got completely shutdown by Taijuan Walker. Yeah, don’t even ask. It was by far the best showing of Walker for the season and quite possibly his entire career. Not able to slow down any offenses this season, Walker went out last night and pitched the game of his life, holding the Indians to only 2 hits en route to a 2-1 win. Now, the Tribe made it very interesting in the top of the 9th. With 2 outs a runner got on base for the Indians, followed by a triple from Ryan Raburn to set up a base hit to tie things up. That is where the contest ended, as all it ended up being was a tease in the end. Back to todays pick and preview though between the White Sox and Astros.
Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros
Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.67 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (6-1, 1.98 ERA)
Keuchel is the jewel of the Houston Astros pitching staff, and quite frankly, the entire team. Expecting him to drop off has proved to be a tough draw, as he has had himself a good season, following up a 2014 in which he had a breakout season. A rather unexpected breakout season I should say. Keuchel is undefeated at home this season. The only place hitters have gotten to him has been on the road, generally. He had one bad start at home allowing 4 runs to the Blue Jays, but in his four other starts at home all he gave up was 1 run. Keuchel possess an ERA of 1.32 at home with a 1.09 WHIP.
I think the price of this matchup should be favoring the Astros just a little more than it is right now, as I am writing this anyways. I think backing Keuchel here over Jose Quintana, who has been all over the place consistency wise, is a smart bet. The White Sox are hitting only .221 against lefties. This should be a nice spot for Keuchel at home against Chicago. I am going to forget taking the ML and just to the RL for the Astros to win by more than a run in this game.
PICK: ASTROS -1.5 (+136)