Astros picks vs. White Sox: odds, total runs, silver line for ALDS opener

The Chicago White Sox go to Texas to start their hunt for World events, but the Houston Astros will be there to defend their stadium and take one more step towards their own championship.

The first ALDS game between these teams is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4:07 am EST. It can be seen on TV on the FS1 or MLB network. But before we move on to the first game in the series, we’ve got you covered in case you want some action on the opening game.

Here’s everything you need to know before placing any bets on the ALDS opener.

Race line: CWS +1.5 (-140), HOU -1.5 (+120)
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Moneyline: CWS +130, HOU -150

The White Sox have had a remarkable season, taking control of AL Central with relative ease. While they’ve had success against most of the Bigs’ teams, Houston isn’t one of them. They’re just 5-2 this season against the Astros, and they don’t tend to score a ton, just 23 points in this span, including a 10-point game. Houston’s average margin of victory in this series is around four points, so hammer out the ‘Stros -1.5.

The over-under is probably the most interesting of the three potential bets. Only two of the seven games between those two saw a point total under 8, with most of them well over. Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to be on the hill for Houston, and in his two combined starts against Chicago, the White Sox have only scored three points overall the entire game. So don’t expect the Sox to climb the scoring here. But the Astros will likely get a few points with their offense. Hit the fairest based on what the history of the season has shown us.

The moneyline is the easiest to choose. The White Sox have struggled to crack the Astros offensively and as a pitching staff all season. This will likely continue on Thursday afternoon.

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