Stephen Nover's Run Line Game of Year - 71% MLB!
Houston vs. Chi White Sox,
08/12/2019 20:10 EDT,
Score: 0 - 0
Point Spread: -1½/-159 Houston
The Astros have won eight of their last nine games. But that one loss happened Sunday when the Orioles came from a run down with two outs in the ninth inning to pull off an 8-7 victory in stunning walk-off fashion. It was the biggest upset of the season as the Astros were as high as 5-to-1 road favorites!
Licking their wounds and pride, the Astros now move on to Chicago to face the White Sox in a pitching matchup of recently acquired Zach Greinke versus rookie Dylan Cease.
Greinke is one of the top righthanders in baseball. He is 6-3 with a 2.85 ERA on the road this season. The White Sox have lost nine of the last 10 times they have gone against a righty starter at home. Chicago has scored just three runs in its last three games. All but one of the White Sox's last 13 defeats have been by more than one run.
The Astros are averaging 9.6 runs in their last nine games. Cease has a high ceiling, but he's taking his lumps as he prepares to make his seventh career big league start. He is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA. This is going against the Tigers twice, Royals and Mets. Now the righty goes against the hot-hitting Astros, who rank No. 1 in batting average.
Cease has given up one home run in each of six starts. He has a 6.35 ERA in three home starts. The Astros are 16-5 the past 21 times they've faced a righty starter.
The Astros' last eight victories have been by an average of 7.8 runs.
Clearly this is a kill spot for the Astros so there should be no problem laying 1 1/2 runs to knock down some of the high juice.