Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros: Picks & Analysis 03/31/2023

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros: Picks & Analysis 03/31/2023

March 31, 2023



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This weekend, the highly anticipated White Sox versus Astros baseball series will take place, marking a major event for the Major League Baseball season. In the previous season, the Chicago team finished in second place in the American Central Division with a record of 81-81, failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 2019. In contrast, the Houston team had the best record in the league, boasting 106-56 and ultimately clinching the World Series championship against the Phillies.
Under new leadership with manager Pedro Grifol at the helm, the White Sox are determined to overcome their past setbacks and forge ahead. However, they will need to adjust to the departure of one of their key players, José Abreu, who left as a free agent to join the Astros. Andrew Vaughn will step up as the new first baseman, while the offense will be led by Tim Anderson, Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert Jr., and newly acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi. The team also has a solid pitching rotation, led by Dylan Cease, who finished second in the Cy Young voting last season, supported by Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, and new addition Mike Clevinger. The bullpen includes reliable pitchers such as Kendall Graveman, Joe Kelly, Aaron Bummer, and José Ruiz.

Let’s check the latest MLB news, stats and MLB expert picks for White Sox vs Astros. We’ve plenty of MLB Predictions for you to consider.

Cease will start as the pitcher for the opener, coming off an outstanding season with a record of 14-8 and an ERA of 2.20. On the other hand, the Astros begin the season as the reigning champions with an impressive starting pitching lineup that includes Frámber Valdez, Cristian Javier, Luis García, and José Urquidy. Their bullpen is equally impressive, anchored by one of the league’s top closers, Ryan Pressly, along with Rafael Montero, Bryan Abreu, and Ryne Stanek.
Offensively, the Astros have replaced Yuli Gurriel with Cuban slugger José Abreu, who will debut against his former team. He will join a powerhouse lineup featuring Yordan Álvarez, Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, Jeremy Peña, and José Altuve, who is expected to return in mid-June. On Opening Day, Dominican Valdez will take the mound for the Astros, following an impressive season last year with 17 wins, an ERA of 2.82, and 194 strikeouts.

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros Game Information

  • Date: 03/31/2023
  • Time: 06:40 PM ET
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
  • How to Watch: White Sox vs Astros MLB.TV
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


White Sox vs Astros Betting Lines

White Sox are +127 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $127. On the other side, Astros are -142 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $70.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have White Sox at a 44.05% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Astros have 58.68% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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