The Houston Astros rallied late in Game 2 of the ALDS to defeat the Chicago White Sox, 9-4. Now, they have since had a day off on Saturday, as they traveled to the south side of the Windy City in preparation for Game 3.
With the status of Carlos Rodon still being evaluated, White Sox manger Tony La Russa will go to right-hander Dylan Cease for Game 3. The 25-year-old posted an American League-best 12.3 strikeout per nine innings in 2021, but he didn’t fair too greatly in his two starts against the Astros in the regular season.
Cease totaled nine innings against the Astros, as he posted a 9.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in that span. The right-hander also gave into a .837 OPS to Houston. Needless to say, the Astros had his number in the regular season.
What Time is the Astros Game Today?
First pitch for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. CT.
What Channel is the Astros Game on Today?
Today’s game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1.
Astros vs. White Sox Odds Today
On the moneyline, the Astros are at +107 with the White Sox at -117 by WynnBET.
The spread is set at +1.5 (-190) for the Astros and -1.5 (+170) for the White Sox. If you’re looking to bet on total runs for the game (8.5), the under is set at -115 and the over is set at -105. For more ALDS bets, check out WynnBet.
Astros Pitcher Today: Luis Garcia
Danielle Lerner of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Astros won’t be monitoring Luis Garcia’s pitch count but his performance. The right-hander is accustomed to big starts, while starting in the 2020 ALCS, after never playing past High-A. But now, he is in the position to gain a few off days for his club and sweep the White Sox.
Garcia enters Chicago, a place he hasn’t pitched before, with a 3.30 ERA during the regular season. The right-hander faced the White Sox once this season in Houston, where he tossed seven innings on 96 pitches. Garcia allowed only one run on seven hits and two walks, while punching out eight in the process.
Right-handed hitters don’t matchup nicely against Garcia as well, which is why he might have gotten the nod over Jose Urquidy. Garcia has held right-handers to a minimal line of .182/.247/.301, which could be in his favor with the abundance of right-handed bats in the White Sox’ starting nine.
Astros Starting Lineup
White Sox vs. Astros Prediction Today
With the Astros’ success against Cease this season and Garcia’s dominance against righties, we could imagine another long postseason contest. The Astros have only swept an ALDS once (2018 vs. Cleveland), and they are in a perfect spot to do the same in Game 3 in a hectic environment at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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