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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/20/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
HOUSTON  VERLANDER )
 
CHI WHITE SOX  SHIELDS )
-1.5  -170

+1.5  +150
-290

+245

8ov
 
10
Final
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HOUSTON (13 - 7) at CHI WHITE SOX (4 - 11)
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Friday, 4/20/2018 8:10 PM
JUSTIN VERLANDER (R) vs. JAMES SHIELDS (R)
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
925HOUSTON-270Ov 8,-120-290Ov 8,-125
926CHI WHITE SOX+235Un 8,+100+245Un 8,+105
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games13-7-1.47-134.40.2440.3220.3660.6882.70.2110.2690.3420.611
Road Games7-4+15-64.90.2650.3470.3990.7472.70.1990.2670.3120.579
vs Right-handed Starters7-5-3.83-93.70.2330.3120.3250.6373.00.2270.2920.3360.628
Past 7 Games4-3-2.83-44.30.2250.2930.3420.6342.40.1860.2200.3420.562
Grass Games13-7-1.47-134.40.2440.3220.3660.6882.70.2110.2690.3420.611
Night Games7-5-3.42-103.20.2180.3020.3080.6102.40.2170.2640.3480.612
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.40.2440.32220669163302160.366857718710145178126
Road Games4.90.2650.3471137810022190.399524810448612273
Righty Starters3.70.2330.312123919116160.325434510958612886
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games2.891.17956191851515624-34266.7%
Road Games2.931.08427.79920210320-120100%

CHI WHITE SOX - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsO-URunsAvgOBPSLGOPSRunsAvgOBPSLGOPS
All Games4-11-78-74.10.2370.3060.3760.6826.20.2660.3650.4110.776
Home Games1-5-5.13-33.20.2250.3110.3450.6564.70.2610.3650.3480.713
vs Right-handed Starters3-8-5.25-63.30.2290.2890.3380.6275.60.2580.3590.3720.731
Past 7 Games1-6-4.95-23.60.2260.2930.3370.6316.60.2910.4090.4340.843
Grass Games3-9-77-54.20.2370.3100.3620.6716.00.2670.3740.3880.761
Night Games2-5-2.13-42.60.2110.2570.3480.6056.60.2650.3620.4560.817
CHI WHITE SOX - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
 RunsAVGOBPGABH2B3BHRSLGRBIBBSOSBLOBGIDPERRDPOSB
All Games4.10.2370.30615524124231160.37662521561511419121012
Home Games3.20.2250.31162004513130.3451925605544338
Righty Starters3.30.2290.289113858816180.33836331141285148812
CHI WHITE SOX - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
 ERAWHIPIPRERHHRBBSOW-LSVBSVPct.
All Games5.711.69758.3403762537683-33442.9%
Home Games4.091.59122101023212311-11150%
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/6/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)SAN DIEGOPERDOMO(R)1-4L-2758.5 ovU47113110
4/7/2018COLE(R)SAN DIEGOMITCHELL(R)1-0W-2908.5 ovU680671
4/8/2018MORTON(R)SAN DIEGOROSS(R)4-1W-2658 ovU621480
4/9/2018VERLANDER(R)@ MINNESOTALYNN(R)2-0W-1658.5 unU780681
4/10/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ MINNESOTAODORIZZI(R)1-4L-1608 evU7908110
4/11/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ MINNESOTAGIBSON(R)8-9L-1508 unO13120971
4/13/2018COLE(R)TEXASHAMELS(L)3-2W-2508.5 ovU890672
4/14/2018MORTON(R)TEXASMINOR(L)5-6L-2458.5 unO8701171
4/15/2018VERLANDER(R)TEXASCOLON(R)1-3L-3208 ovU350541
4/16/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ SEATTLEPAXTON(L)1-2L-1107.5 unU360650
4/17/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ SEATTLEMIRANDA(L)4-1W-1808 unU9100321
4/18/2018COLE(R)@ SEATTLELEAKE(R)7-1W-1757.5 evO1261541
4/19/2018MORTON(R)@ SEATTLEGONZALES(L)9-2W-1758.5 unO1140761
4/20/2018VERLANDER(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R) 
4/21/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ CHI WHITE SOXSHIELDS(R) 
4/22/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ CHI WHITE SOXLOPEZ(R) 
4/23/2018COLE(R)LA ANGELSSKAGGS(L) 
4/24/2018MORTON(R)LA ANGELSOHTANI(R) 
4/25/2018VERLANDER(R)LA ANGELSTROPEANO(R) 
4/27/2018 OAKLAND  

CHI WHITE SOX - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/7/2018GIOLITO(R)DETROITFULMER(R)1-6L-1208 ovU81106121
4/8/2018LOPEZ(R)DETROITFIERS(R)0-1L-1708 evU340251
4/9/2018GONZALEZ(R)TAMPA BAYARCHER(R)4-5L+1207.5 unO912114101
4/10/2018FULMER(R)TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)5-6L+1008 ovO69111141
4/11/2018SHIELDS(R)TAMPA BAYCHIRINOS(R)2-1W+1108.5 ovU890482
4/12/2018GIOLITO(R)@ MINNESOTABERRIOS(R)0-4L1879 unU342781
4/16/2018LOPEZ(R)@ OAKLANDMENGDEN(R)1-8L1308.5 evO654880
4/17/2018GONZALEZ(R)@ OAKLANDCAHILL(R)2-10L1558.5 ovO8801370
4/18/2018FULMER(R)@ OAKLANDTRIGGS(R)11-12L1859 evO1712016150
4/20/2018SHIELDS(R)HOUSTONVERLANDER(R) 
4/21/2018SHIELDS(R)HOUSTONKEUCHEL(L) 
4/22/2018LOPEZ(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R) 
4/23/2018GONZALEZ(R)SEATTLELEAKE(R) 
4/24/2018FULMER(R)SEATTLEGONZALES(L) 
4/25/2018GIOLITO(R)SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R) 
4/26/2018SHIELDS(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R) 
4/27/2018 @ KANSAS CITY  
KEY GAME INFORMATION
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
CHI WHITE SOX: 2017: 67-95, fourth place.
MANAGER: Rick Renteria (second season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, C Welington Castillo.
SUBTRACTIONS: LHP Derek Holland, RHP Mike Pelfrey, RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Jake Petricka, C Geovany Soto, OF-2B Alen Hanson, RHP Zach Putnam.
OUTLOOK: For a team with five straight losing seasons and a record that ranked among baseball's worst last year, the White Sox are generating plenty of buzz. That's because they're loaded with promising young players after going all-in on a rebuild prior to last season. The moves have sparked a belief that better days are ahead. Moncada and hard-throwing pitchers Giolito and Lopez showed promise in the majors last season. Right-hander Michael Kopech, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and outfielder Luis Robert are elite prospects on their way in the minors. Garcia, coming off a breakout season, is looking to prove he's not a one-hit wonder. Anderson hopes to bounce back from a trying season in which a close friend was shot to death. Abreu is back after the slugger was viewed as a potential trade candidate this winter. Left-hander Carlos Rodon is expected to be out until at least June following shoulder surgery last September. It's not clear when he'll be ready. Rodon also was sidelined at the start a year ago because of shoulder and biceps problems. The big question is whether he'll ever develop into the pitcher the White Sox envisioned when they drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2014.
PREVIEW
Astros' Verlander starts opener at White Sox
 

The Houston Astros will try to increase their winning streak to four games when they visit the Chicago White Sox on Friday to open a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Houston (13-7) is coming off a series win over the Seattle Mariners in which it won the last three games of a four-game set. Through 20 games, the defending World Series champions have outscored opponents 88-55 for a plus-33 run differential.

Now, the Astros will try to keep the good times rolling with ace right-hander Justin Verlander (2-0, 1.35 ERA) on the mound for the series opener. The 35-year-old has shined since arriving from Detroit last season and needs 10 more victories to join the 200-win club.

In 26 2/3 innings this year, Verlander has 34 strikeouts compared with five walks. He has limited opponents to no earned runs in two starts, one earned run in another start and three earned runs in his so-called worst performance of 2018.

Verlander is no stranger to pitching on Chicago's South Side from his years in the American League Central. In 42 career starts against the White Sox, he is 20-13 with a 3.82 ERA. He has logged 285 innings against Chicago, which trails only Cleveland (324 2/3 innings) and Kansas City (307 innings) for opposing teams that Verlander has faced the most.

Chicago (4-11) expected to counter with veteran right-hander James Shields (1-1, 4.50 ERA), but a marathon 14-inning game against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday forced the team to adjust on the fly. White Sox manager Rick Renteria summoned Shields to be the team's 10th pitcher in the 14th inning, but he gave up the game-winning hit on his 28th pitch.

Now, Renteria and his staff must regroup to determine who will start Friday night. The club had the day off Thursday and did not meet with reporters to discuss its plan.

However, Renteria insisted the 12-11 loss in 14 innings was not a wasted effort. The nearly six-hour game featured Yoan Moncada's first career grand slam and several other highlights.

"You can bleep it, but my (bleeping) guys showed a lot of (courage) today in this loss," Renteria said to reporters after the game, as reported by The Athletic. "They're going to end up winning more games because of the way they went about their business today in the long run than they might imagine."

Only a few seasons ago, the Astros found themselves at a rebuilding stage similar to the White Sox today. Houston now has the look and feel of a perennial contender with a deep starting rotation and a dangerous lineup.

One Houston contributor, closer Ken Giles, might not be available for Friday's series opener. Giles has battled recent back tightness, but the team has decided not to place him on the 10-day disabled list.

"As it grows a little bit longer, we don't want him to miss too much time," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said to the Houston Chronicle. "Right now, we don't think it is, but right now given that he can't move around and do the things that he normally does, it's a little concerning. But we haven't talked DL yet."

The White Sox shuffled their roster Thursday as they traded infielder Tyler Saladino to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations and acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Oakland Athletics, also for cash considerations.

Thompson started his career with the White Sox in 2015 and is a .232 (96-for-414) hitter with 19 home runs and 50 RBIs in 154 games.


Last Updated: 10/16/2018 1:48:12 AM EST


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