Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros 6-18-22

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros 6/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros 6/18/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros in MLB action in Minute Maid Park, TX, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 4:10 PM ET.

 

The White Sox are scheduled to pitch Johnny Cueto in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon after his start was moved back last week and he was forced into a bullpen role.

 

In his last outing, he pitched five innings of relief against the Rangers, allowing three runs. Cueto was called upon after Michael Kopech (who was back yesterday) was injured in the first inning. Cueto’s relieving appearance was only his second in 336 career appearances.

 

Over 35+ innings of work this season, he has a 3.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 28/9 K/BB ratio with a 3.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 28/9 K/BB ratio.

 

The White Sox came back from a mid-June skid with a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in their most recent series. They’ve been struck hard by the injury bug, but they’re set for a run in mid-June.

 

Lance Lynn returned from the IL, and they should have a few utility hitters back in the coming week. Jose Abreu, who has 9 home runs, started to heat up in the middle of the lineup. Given the talent in their roster, they are capable of making a deep run.

 

  • The White Sox are 17-14 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 4 of the White Sox’s last 5 matches.
  • The totals went OVER in 14 of the White Sox’s 30 last matches at home.

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Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Predictions 6/18/2022

 

For the second round of the series, Houston will use renowned right-hander Justin Verlander. In a victory against the Marlins on Sunday, he was charged with four runs (all earned) across seven innings.

 

Verlander pitched a perfect seventh inning before the Marlins broke through for four runs, including a three-run homer by Bryan De La Cruz, all with 2 outs in the inning after a pair of defensive mistakes behind him. He struck out five batters and only gave up one free pass.

 

In his return to the Astros’ starting rotation this year, the 39-year-old right-hander did not miss a beat, surrendering three earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 11 appearances.

 

Since the first pitch in early April, the Astros are on a tear. They enter this series with a hefty 39-24 record and a 9.5-game lead over the Rangers in the American League West.

 

Pitching was outstanding all season, with the third-best staff ERA in the Majors and the fourth-fewest home runs (54) allowed.

 

They will be in contention for the American League pennant as long as their experienced arms, particularly Justin Verlander, stay healthy.

 

  • The Houston Astros are 19-18 in their road matches against the spread.
  • The totals went OVER in 2 of the Astros’ previous 5 matches.
  • The totals went OVER in 9 of the Astros’ 26 last matches at home.

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros. The MLB pick for this game is the Houston Astros. In his 16th year, Justin Verlander discovered the spring of youth once more.

 

Houston was outstanding from the box this season and will provide plenty of run support in this game. They also dominated the White Sox at Minute Maid Park, capturing six in a row.

 

After a slow start to the month of June, Chicago is performing much better, but they will be outmatched versus Verlander in this one. The Houston Astros will win to a predicted score of 6-3.

 

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MLB Starting Time: 4:10 PM (EDT)

 

Location: Minute Maid Park, TX

 

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022

 

TV: ATSW

 

MLB Odds: Houston Astros -227

 

MLB Totals: 8

 

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