- The Houston Astros have (+150) odds to cover the runline against the Chicago White Sox.
- The total for the Astros and White Sox game is set at 8.0 runs with an (EVEN) betting line on the OVER.
- The Tampa Bay Rays are (-155) home favorites against the Boston Red Sox.
HOUSTON – The MLB Wild Card games are now complete, which brings us to the first series matchups of the postseason. Both ALDS series’ will start on Thursday.
Houston Astros Vs. Chicago White Sox: Astros Runline (+150)
The Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox will be the first two teams to start a postseason series on Thursday. In the matchup, regulated betting sites have the Astros favored on the moneyline but are leaving too much value on the runline.
Astros Vs. White Sox Runline
- Houston Astros -1.5 +150
- Chicago White Sox +1.5 -175
In these teams’ last seven regular-season meetings, only one game was decided by a single run. Also, the Astros took home five of the seven games with an average score of 6.8-1.8 in their wins. Houston also comes into the game as the hotter team at the plate with a 126 wRC+ and .351 wOBA over the last month, both ranking as third in the MLB.
Many believe that Chicago has the better pitching, but it’s tough to see any unit shutting down the Astros offense given their recent play.
Houston Astros Vs. Chicago White Sox: Over 8.0 Runs (EVEN)
In their seven games this season, there had been at least eight runs scored, five times with a single team putting up enough runs on three occasions. Those betting on the MLB may be able to cash a plus-money ticket on the OVER.
Astros Vs. White Sox Total Odds
- OVER 8.0 EVEN
- UNDER 8.0 -120
Over the last month, both teams are Top five in BA and OBP as well as Top 10 in wOBA and wRC+. Lance Lynn, the White Sox starting pitcher, faced Houston just once this season and allowed six runs in four innings of work. For as good as the pitchers are, the offenses can surely reign supreme.
The first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. EST and will be live on FS1.
Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Boston Red Sox: Rays Moneyline (-155)
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will be the second of the two ALDS series to begin on Thursday. In this matchup sports betting sites moderately favor the Rays, but there’s still value attached to their name.
Rays Vs. Red Sox Moneyline Odds
- Tampa Bay Rays -155
- Boston Red Sox +130
Boston will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound and Tampa Bay has simply had his number this season. A total of 13 runs have been scored by the Rays in Rodriguez’s 21.0 innings pitched (5.57 ERA). Meanwhile, Shane McClanahan has compiled a 2.81 ERA against the Red Sox with five runs allowed in his 16 innings.
Tampa Bay was also 45-19 straight up as a home favorite this season while Boston was 22-23 as a road underdog. The game will start at 8:07 p.m. EST and can be seen on FS1.
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