The weekend is finally here for everyone to cash in on some Major League Baseball action with their MLB baseball picks. On Saturday everyone has a full slate of games to choose from starting with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the Minnesota Twins at 2:10pm ET. The game we are looking forward to watching gets underway at 4:10pm Et between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros.
These two teams enter this contest at different ends of the American League standings. The White Sox have struggled for most of the 2015 campaign while finding themselves in last place in the Central division with a 21-25 record. The Astros on the other hand have the best record in the American League as they sit atop the West division at 30-18.
Now as we look at these two teams they each recently wrapped up a trip to Camden Yards. The Astros opened up the week in Baltimore losing two of three as all three games were within three runs. The White Sox rolled in on Thursday to make up a double header taking game one behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Sale before losing the back half.
The key to this matchup will come down to how well the starting pitching does for both teams. The White Sox will send left hander Jose Quintana to the mound while the Astros send their ace Dallas Keuchel. Both of these starters are coming off disappointing losses in their last outing
Quintana went six innings for the White Sox allowing six earned runs in the team’s 8-1 loss to the Twins. The loss dropped his season record to 2-5 while his earned run average jumped up to 4.67. Keuchel on the other hand suffered his first loss on the season allowing two home runs and four earned runs over eight innings. Unfortunately the Astros offense couldn’t get much going for them only managing to score one run.
For the White Sox starter he will have to find a way to keep the ball in the ball park against an Astros team that is first in home runs but second to last in all of baseball in batting average. For Keuchel this will be his third career start against the White Sox as he sits with a 1-1 record and a 3.97 earned run average.
As we look at the trends from this matchup the one that stands out is the fact that the White Sox are 4-0 in Quintanas last four starts verse the Astros. The White Sox are also 5-0 in their last five contests against the Ameircan League West division. For the Astros they have won their last six games on Saturday as well as six of their last seven games at home.
For us anytime we get to watch Keuchel rock the beard and take the mound for the Astros we tune in!