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    Houston vs Chicago: Astros and White Sox Clash in the Windy City

    Houston vs Chicago: Astros and White Sox Clash in the Windy City

    Chicago White Sox: Looking up at the pack in the AL Central

    Although they weren’t in the top chalk echelon, as a favorite to capture the 2015 MLB World Series, Chicago was getting some love with their +1500 ML preseason price. Sitting with a pedestrian 25-30 record, the White Sox have been very inconsistent out of the starting gate. That said, the South Siders have been battling hard as their 6-6 recent run includes four extra inning contests. LHP Chris Sale (5-2 ERA3.27) gets the call here and he appears to be rounding into “ace” form. Sale has allowed zero runs and seven hits while striking out 15 batters over 14.2 innings pitched during his last two starts. Numbers like that are as "ACE" as it gets eh?

    Not what fully engaged Astros Fans wanted hear: Houston, We’ve had a problem

    Though we’re not ready to start tossing dirt on them just yet, Houston has lost four straight for the first time this season. Competing with the Twins as the MLB Shock Jocks of the Season, the Astros are 34-24 and they hold a 3.5 game lead on Texas in the weird and wacky AL West Division. Rookie RHP Lance McCullers (2-0 ERA 1.88) is one of the rising stars in Texas and he will face Chicago for the second time in his young career. McCullers did his part the first time around as he allowed one earned run on five hits in a 6-3 Astros May 29 loss at home. His last outing, a complete game 3-1 win over Baltimore last Wednesday, made McCullers the fourth youngest pitcher to post at least ten strikeouts and not walk a batter during a complete game victory over the past half decade.

    Houston vs Chicago MLB Call: While this veteran Ace versus up and coming Ace battle should be a dandy, the edge goes to Sale (7.9 K per game) and the Sox here. Astros hitters are still striking out at a ridiculous rate (9.2 times per game) and their .236 team batting average is second last (Brewers .233) in the Majors. Houston seems to live and die with the long ball (MLB leaders with 78 big flies) but Sale has only given up 19 homeruns over his last 240 innings pitched – yes two hundred and forty.  Saddle up and ride with the hometown South Siders here and a 300 unit wager on the money line priced posted at SportsInteraction. Click this odds image o access SIA instantly.

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