Houston Astros
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Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Prediction & Preview



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Pitching Matchup

Houston: Jose Urquidy (RHP) 8-3, 3.62 ERA

Chicago: Carlos Rodon (LHP) 13-5, 2.37 ERA

The Houston Astros have been doing well in this series as they are a win away from advancing to the ALCS and are coming off a 95-67 record in the regular season. They have not announced who will be on the mound in Game 4 of the ALDS as of this writing.

The Chicago White Sox are clinging to their lives as they are one loss away from being eliminated. They finished the regular season with a 93-69 record and they will have southpaw Carlos Rodon pitch here. He has not pitched since September 29 in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds where he went five shutout innings allowing just a hit with two walks and four strikeouts.

To The Moon

The Houston Astros are a deep team that relies on their offense to produce and they have been doing so in the playoffs as they are second with a .787 OPS. They are scoring more than enough runs to help them dominate as they are averaging seven runs per game. A big reason for their success is the fact that they are patient at the plate and have drawn 13 walks in three games. Right fielder Kyle Tucker has been hitting extremely well this playoffs as he has a 1.250 OPS with two homers and seen RBI. If Houston can continue to dominate at the dish, they will have a chance to rest their pitchers for a couple of extra days to prepare for the ALCS.

Jose Urquidy goes for the Astros. He's 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA this season. He last pitched on Oct. 3, when he faced Oakland and allowed three runs and four hits (2 HR) in six innings. The Astros won that game 7-6 and he got a no-decision. He faced the White SOx on June 17 and held them to two runs in 7 innings as the Astros won 10-2

Lineup as Deep as the Pizza

The Chicago White Sox have been hitting pretty well this postseason as they are fourth in the majors with a .706 OPS in that span. The lineup has been producing well as they are scoring 4.7 runs per game thus far. A huge reason for their success has been the ability to get base hits as they are only behind the Boston Red Sox with a .287 team batting average. Center fielder Luis Robert has been doing well so far this playoff run as he has a 1.188 OPS with no home runs and one RBI. If Chicago can get their power back, it will be hard to imagine them losing after falling down 0-2 in the series.

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— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 11, 2021

Carlos Rodon has been pitching incredibly well this season according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 96th percentile in strikeout percentage, 95th percentile in xERA, 91st percentile in xSLG, and 90th percentile in whiff percentage. His 6.6 barrel percentage is the lowest for him since 2018. Rodon throws four different pitches (fastball, slider, changeup, curveball) and his slider has been his best pitch as it has a .107 batting average and a .126 slugging percentage. He faced the Astros on July 18 and shut them out in seven innings. In fact, he held them to just one hit and struck out 10.


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