White Sox at Astros Fantasy Betting Preview

It wasn’t long ago that the Houston Astros were doing exactly what the Chicago White Sox are now. It takes time and a lot of suffering through some terrible baseball to build a winning team. The ‘Stros stuck through it and now have one of the most complete rosters in the sport’s history. The Pale Hose are hoping to create exactly that on the south side come July 6.

Pitching matchup

Reynaldo Lopez (4-5 3.68 ERA) has come out of nowhere to be the White Sox best pitcher. The 24-year-old may be playing with fire a bit as he is striking out only 6.5 hitter per nine innings while also allowing 3.8 walks in the same time span.

Lance McCullers Jr. (9-3, 3.55 ERA) looked really good in his last trip to the mound: seven innings, no runs, three hits, two walks, seven strikeouts. He has been getting a ton of K’s in recent outings, but sometimes gets forgotten in a stacked Houston rotation.

Better play: McCullers Jr.

He gets to face the White Sox lineup whereas Lopez as to deal the Astros hitters. That’s not a fair contest, and it’s one that McCullers should win decidedly.

Who should start

  • Avisail Garcia’s bat has been on fire since mid-June, and he also has three hits, including a home run, against McCullers during his lifetime.
  • Yuli Gurriel is one of the few Astros that puts up good numbers and isn’t owned in nearly every league. If your first baseman is struggling, pick up Gurriel, who is a free agent in more than half of ESPN leagues.

Who should sit

  • Jose Abreu is dealing with a minor ankle injury, and he had a tough June (.212/.256/.363). The first baseman is currently outside the top ten at his position and could be on the fringes of your roster in shallow leagues.
  • Marwin Gonzalez is struggling. Over the last two weeks, he is hitting .057/.132/.143. Although he hits for more power against right handed pitchers, it may be better to avoid him until he rebounds from his current woes.

Prediction

Astros to win, Houston has been the best team in baseball all season; Chicago has been one of the worst. These games aren’t played on paper, but the defending World Series champs hold all of the advantages coming into this one.

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