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Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros 10/7/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Chicago White Sox (93-68) will challenge the Houston Astros (95-67) in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at the Minute Maid Park in Houston on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 4:07 PM ET. Chicago managed to qualify in this series after winning 93 contests this season and six of their last seven overall. The White Sox topped all teams in the American League Central Division with a 93-69 standing and a .574 team percentage this season. The Chicago White Sox won the series over the Detroit Tigers at a 2-1 win-loss record after winning the first two matches but surrendered the finals at 2-5 on Sunday. Chicago tied the game at 2-2 after seven frames but failed to score in the last two innings but allowed three runs to Detroit resulting in their defeat. Pitcher Dylan Cease went 4.0 innings with one earned run, four hits, and two walks allowed while striking out five hitters of the Tigers in the loss.

 

The Chicago baseball club will be sending All-Star right-hander Lance Lynn to the pitcher’s mound to start the opening of the AL Division Series versus the Astros on Thursday. The thirty-four-year-old right-handed starter is 5-4 with a 4.80 ERA and 1.60 WHIP while striking out 52 hitters in his 54.1 innings pitched in the Postseason.  

 

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Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Predictions 10/7/2021

 

On the Houston side, the team lost Game 1 of a series versus the Oakland Athletics at 6-8 on Friday but ended up winning the next two installments at 10-4 on Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday. The Astros took 1st place in the American League West Division with a 95-67 record and a team percentage of .586 ending the regular season to qualify in the AL Division Series. In closing the regular season, Houston beat Oakland in the series finale with a one-point lead at 7-6 on Sunday. The Athletics took the lead at 3-2 after five innings but the Astros rallied in the last four frames and scored 5 runs while allowing just 3 to Oakland heading to their 7-6 triumph. Starting Pitcher José Urquidy finished 6.0 innings of work while giving away three runs, four hits, and one walk with three strikeouts in the winning effort. Designated Hitter Jake Meyers acquired a two-run score on a double with one RBI in leading the offense for Houston.

 

Houston will counter with Right-handed Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. to take the starting role in the first game of the AL Division Series against the White Sox on Thursday. In his Postseason Career Stats, the twenty-eight-year-old righty thrower is 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and struck out 53 batters in pitching for 46.2 innings this season.       

 

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this game is Houston -135. After 162 contests played, the White Sox ranked 7th in OPS and 7th in runs scored while the Astros ranked 2nd in OPS and 1st in runs scored in the majors this year. Chicago OF Brian Goodwin cannot play in this outing due to back spasms. Houston will win this game at home against the undermanned team of the White Sox. The prediction: The Houston Astros will win at 5-3. 

 

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Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros 10/7/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 4:07 PM ET

 

Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX

 

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021

 

TV: FS1

 

MLB Odds: Houston Astros -135

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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