Runline Bet: White Sox vs. Astros 6/18/22

by | Jun 18, 2022 | mlb

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros

Date: Saturday, June 18th, 04:10 ET

Location: Minute Maid Park

TV: ATT SportsNet-SW

Money Line: White Sox +160 / Astros -195 (BetOnline - Best live wagering on the web! AWESOME contests that run for every sport! Fastest payouts in the offshore sportsbook industry!)

Total Line: 8.0

STARTING PITCHING

Chicago: Johnny Cueto (0-3, 3.53)
Houston: Justin Verlander (8-2, 1.94)

White Sox Projected Lineup

Leury García RF
Reese McGuire C
Jake Burger 3B
Andrew Vaughn 1B
Yoán Moncada 3B
Danny Mendick SS
Luis Robert CF
José Abreu 1B
AJ Pollock LF
Johnny Cueto P

Astros Projected Lineup

Aledmys Díaz SS
Jose Siri CF
Kyle Tucker RF
Yuli Gurriel 1B
Alex Bregman 3B
Martín Maldonado C
Yordan Alvarez LF
Jose Altuve 2B
Michael Brantley LF
Justin Verlander P

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Chicago White Sox: 30-32-0 SU / OU 31-29-2 / Run Line W/L 28-34-0
Houston Astros: 40-24-0 SU / OU 21-43-0 / Run Line W/L 31-33-0

The Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, June 18th at Minute Maid Park. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 04:10 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Houston as the favorite (-195), with an OU line set at 8.0.

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The White Sox will look to bounce back from a tough loss to the Astros by the score of 13-3. In the loss, Chicago’s pitchers gave up 13 runs on 12 hits. On offense, the White Sox finished with 3 runs on 8 hits. The loss came as Chicago was the betting underdog, getting 145.0 on the moneyline. With the over-under line set at 8.0 runs, the White Sox and Astros combined to go over this total. Chicago now has an over-under record of 31-29-2.

In the White Sox’s last 5 games, they are above .500, going 3-2. During this time, they have an average scoring differential of +9. A key to their recent success has been an offense averaging 7.2 runs per game, compared to their season average of 4.15. Chicago’s overall series record is just 9-9-3.

The Houston Astros will be looking to pick up another win, as they most recently defeated the White Sox by 10 runs (13-3). In the winning effort, the team’s pitchers held the White Sox to 3 runs and 8 hits. At the plate, the Astros scored 13 times on 12 hits. In the game, Houston was able to take care of business as they were the favorite at -160.0. For the season, the team has been favored in 55 games, winning at a rate of 65.0%. In terms of the over-under, the Astros and White Sox combined to surpass the line of 8.0 runs. So far, Houston has an over-under record of just 21-43-0.

Across their last 5 contests, the Astros are above .500, going 4-1. During this time, the team’s run differential sits at +21. Overall, the Astros are averaging 4.33 runs per contest. But, over their last 5 outings, they have been scoring at a clip of 7.6 runs per contest. On the season, Houston has won more than half of their series, going 12-8-1.

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Pitching Matchup

Chicago will roll with Johnny Cueto (0-3) as their starter. To date, Cueto has an ERA of 3.53 while lasting an average of 5.87 innings per appearance. Teams have been able to rack up runs against him, as he has a batting average allowed of 0.250. So far, Cueto has managed to keep the ball in the ballpark, allowing just 1.02 home runs per 9 innings. Up to this point, Cueto has a strikeout percentage of just 19.0% and a per game average of 4.67. Throughout the season, Cueto has avoided walking batters, allowing just 2.27 per contest.

In today’s game, Houston turns to starter Justin Verlander. For the year, he has a record of 8-2. In his previous outings, Verlander has lasted an average of 6.52 innings, putting together an ERA of just 1.94. Overall, opponents have a batting average of just 0.177 against the right-hander. Despite a strong batting average allowed, Verlander is prone to giving up home runs, averaging 1.15 homers per 9 innings pitched. Per game, Justin Verlander is averaging 6.5, on a strikeout percentage of 26.0%. Leading into the game, he has shown a strong command of his pitches, averaging just 1.72 walks per contest.

Chicago vs Houston History

Today’s matchup between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros will be their 2nd meeting of the season. Houston holds the edge in the series at 1-0. Through 1 game, the series’ over-under record is 1-0, with the average run total sitting at 9.73 runs per game. The averge scoring margin in these meetings is 10.0 runs. Dating back to last season, the Houston picked up 8 wins compared to 3, taking the season series. The over-under record in last year’s matchups was 7-4, with the average run total being 9.73 runs per game. On average, the winning team won by a margin of 5.73 runs per contest.

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Betting Trends

  • Chi White Sox is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi White Sox’s last 7 games
  • Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Prediction

Heading into Saturday’s American League matchup between Chicago and Houston, the Astros are the heavy favorite on the moneyline. Even though Johnny Cueto has been solid on the mound, I don’t expect the White Sox to find much success against Justin Verlander. This year, Chicago is batting just .237 against right-handed pitching (22nd). I recommend taking the Astros on the runline.

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