Money Line: -120.00 Chi White Sox (Home)
Tony LaRussa did not get good starts from either Lance Lynn or Lucas Giolito in the first two games of this series. But I think the White Sox skipper is wise to put his faith in Dylan Cease for Game 3. Cease had a strong close to the regular season, going 2-0 over his L3 starts with a 0.63 ERA and 1.047 WHIP. He allowed just one run in 14 ⅓ IP. He also had 24 strikeouts during that time. Like most other White Sox starters, Cease had better numbers at home compared to on the road. White Sox pitching has limited the opposition to a .215 average for the year here on the Southside.
The White Sox actually outhit the Astros in Game 2. The problem is they fell prey to one big inning from the Astros. Houston was also 6 for 11 with RISP while Chicago was 2 for 11 in that situation. Another problem is that all 18 White Sox hits in this series have been singles. I look for some “bigger” hits tonight against the Astros’ Luis Garcia, who has a 4.24 ERA and 1.336 WHIP on the road. Going back to the final game of the regular season, the White Sox have lost three straight. But they are 5-0 the L5 times they’ve been on a three-game skid. 10* Chi White Sox