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White Sox Vs Astros Game 1 Preview

White Sox Astros
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The Wildcard is over and the divisional rounds are finally here. First up we have the White Sox and the Astros. During the regular season, the Astros under Dusty Baker went 95-67, which is good for the No. 2 seed in the AL bracket behind the Rays. Tony La Russa’s White Sox, meantime, went 93-69, albeit against a substantially easier schedule. This one’s a best-of-five, which means Game 1 is especially important.

How to watch

Date: Thursday, Oct. 7 | Time: 4:07 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
TV: FS1 | StreamfuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: HOU -140; CHW +130; O/U: 8 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: Lance Lynn vs. Lance McCullers Jr.

Chicago White Sox

The ALDS Roster for the White Sox:

Starting Lineup

SS Tim Anderson

3B Yoan Moncada

DH Jose Abreu

C Yasmani Grandal

CF Luis Robert

LF Eloy Jiminez

1B Gavin Sheets

RF Adam Engel

2B Leury Garcia

Houston Astros

Here is the Astros ALDS Roster:

Starting Lineup

2B Jose Altuve

LF Michael Brantley

3B Alex Bregman

DH Yordan Alvarez

1B Yuli Gurriel

SS Carlos Correa

RF Kyle Tucker

CF Jake Meyers

C Martin Maldonado

The Astros were 5-2 against the White Sox during the regular season, but the last meeting was way back in July.

Their home record of 51-30 is one of the best in the majors, whereas the White Sox are only 40-41 on the road. McCullers and the Astros core have a lot more playoff experience than the White Sox and history of clutch performances.

The Astros led MLB in runs scored and wRC+ at 116 but the White Sox were not far behind hitting 109. But the Sox have the edge in team pitching, with a 3.73 team ERA versus the Astros 3.78. Surprisingly, the vaunted White Sox bullpen measures out only slightly ahead of the Astros’, with a 3.97 ERA compared to the Stros’ 4.06. Peripheral stats favor the Sox to a greater degree, but perhaps the Astros better team defense accounts for that difference.

Should be a good battle.

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