Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros - 10/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Houston Astros (95-67) vs Chicago White Sox (93-68)
Game Info: Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:07 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Framber Valdez (11-6) (3.14) vs Lucas Giolito (11-9) (3.53)
Betting Odds: Houston Astros -127 / Chicago White Sox +107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros meet Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The White Sox need a win to even up the series at 1-1. The Astros have a chance to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
The Chicago White Sox couldn’t get their offense going in their game 1 loss. The White Sox have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The White Sox have won 10 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with two hits and one RBI while Luis Robert and Tim Anderson have combined for three hits. Lucas Giolito gets the ball, and he was 11-9 with a 3.53 ERA and 201 strikeouts this season. Giolito is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and eight strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Houston Astros cruised to an opening series victory by a score of 6-1. The Astros have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last six games. The Astros have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with two hits and two RBI while Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa have combined for four hits and two RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he was 11-6 with a 3.14 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Valdez is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The White Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games. The Astros are 46-21 in their last 67 Friday games and 152-74 in their last 226 home games. The under is 6-2-1 in White Sox last 9 overall. The over is 19-7-4 in Astros last 30 Friday games. The White Sox are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Houston and 6-15 in the last 21 meetings.
You can make a case for either of these teams with who is on the mound, but there's just something about teams that have been on this stage and continue to win that tilts the scale. It's the reason I had the Astros in game 1. The Houston Astros have been in the postseason year after year and consistently make deep runs. The Chicago White Sox still have yet to prove they can win this time of year and a lot of their hitters were pressing on Thursday. I have more confidence in the Astros. Give me the home team and the cheap price.