Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox: ALDS Game 1 Best Odds and Preview for October 7, 2021

By BestOdds Analyst | October 6, 2021, 4:45 am

The ALDS begins with a matchup between the Houston Astros (95-67) and the Chicago White Sox (93-69) at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, starting at 4:07 PM ET.

Houston has Lance McCullers Jr. projected to start, while Chicago has not named a starter.

Best Odds for Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Astros Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Astros have been chosen as favorites in 135 games this year and have walked away with the win 83 times (61.5%) in those games.
  • Houston and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 85 of their 162 opportunities.
  • No team has scored more than the 863 runs the Astros have this season.
  • Houston has played as the favorite in nine of its past 10 games and has gone 4-5 in those contests.
  • In their last 10 games with an over/under, the Astros and their opponents have combined to clear the total four times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • McCullers makes the start for the Astros, his 29th of the season. He is 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent appearance came on Thursday against the Rays, when the righty threw six innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing three hits.
  • In McCullers’ 28 starts, his team is 17-11.
  • McCullers has had 28 starts with a total this season, and the teams combined go over the total in 14 of those games.

Key Players

Jose Siri 15 .304 .347 .609 4 9 14
Kyle Tucker 137 .294 .359 .557 30 92 149
Yordan Alvarez 144 .277 .346 .531 33 104 149
Carlos Correa 148 .279 .366 .485 26 92 155
Yuli Gurriel 141 .319 .383 .462 15 81 169
BestOdds rating 9.4
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White Sox Insights

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have won 35.3% of the games this season they were the moneyline underdog (12-22).
  • Chicago has combined with opponents to go over the total 71 times this season for a 71-83-8 record against the over/under.
  • The White Sox have the No. 7 offense in MLB action scoring 4.9 runs per game (796 total runs).
  • Over the last 10 games, Chicago has not been the underdog on the moneyline.
  • Over their last 10 matchups (all 10 of them had set totals), the White Sox and their opponents combined to hit the over three times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

Key Players

Luis Robert 68 .338 .378 .567 13 43 93
Yasmani Grandal 92 .240 .420 .520 23 62 67
Adam Engel 38 .252 .336 .496 7 18 31
José Abreu 152 .261 .351 .481 30 117 148
Gavin Sheets 54 .250 .324 .506 11 34 40

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