The MLB Playoffs continue on Tuesday afternoon with Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox. Originally scheduled for Monday, this game was pushed back a day due to rain. After an offensive outburst in Game 3 on Sunday, both clubs will be hoping that an unplanned rest day helps their respective pitching staff. Can Chicago tie up this best-of-five series and force a decisive fifth game? The MLB betting odds view this Astros vs White Sox showdown as a toss-up game.
This MLB betting preview for Astros vs White Sox ALDS Game 4 includes game info, projected starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for this series-opening matchup.
Houston Astros vs Chicago White Sox Betting Preview and Prediction | MLB Playoffs Game 4
ALDS Game 4 (HOU leads series 2-1)
Houston Astros (95-67, 44-37 Away) vs. Chicago White Sox (93-69, 53-28 Home)
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. EST
Venue: Guaranteed Rate Field — Chicago, IL
Astros vs White Sox Starting Pitchers
Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (13-5, 3.16 ERA)
White Sox: Carlos Rodon (13-5, 2.37 ERA)
Houston Astros Preview
The Astros quickly rebounded after surrendering a 1st inning run in Game 3 of the ALDS. The Houston lineup seemed to pick up right where it left off in Games 1 and 2 by scoring five runs over the next two innings. Unfortunately, that 5-1 lead quickly melted away. The Astros failed to generate much offense of any kind during the back half of Game 3 against the White Sox bullpen. Kyle Tucker homered and doubled in what proved to be a four-RBI game. Alex Bregman also had two of Houston’s six total hits in Game 3 while Carlos Correa scored a pair of runs. The Astros will need a much better pitching effort across the board on Tuesday if they hope to win this MLB betting series in four games.
Monday’s rainout has enabled Dusty Baker to make a change in terms of his starting pitcher for Game 4. Instead of the originally scheduled Jose Urquidy, Baker will opt to come back with Game 1 starter Lance McCullers Jr. on the road this afternoon. McCullers sparkled in the series-opener, allowing just four hits over 6.2 shutout innings. That being said, quieting the Chicago bats in their home park could prove to be a bit tougher to accomplish.
Chicago White Sox Preview
After a pair of frustrating games down in Houston, the White Sox offense busted out in a big way on Sunday night. The friendly confines of Guaranteed Rate Field helped jumpstart Chicago’s offense, even after they faced the early four-run deficit in an elimination game. The White Sox accounted for 16 total hits in the 12-6 Game 3 victory. Home runs by Leury Garcia and Yasmani Grandal in the 3rd inning helped erase the early deficit. The two players combined to drive in seven total runs in the game altogether. Garcia was one of five White Sox to record multiple hits in the offensive affair. Tim Anderson led the team with three total knocks while Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Gavin Sheets all joined Garcia with two apiece.
While the rainout means that the White Sox will have to contend with McCullers in Game 4, it was also a very timely postponement for Tony La Russa’s bullpen. After starter Dylan Cease was chased very early on Sunday night, the extra day of rest was much-needed for Chicago’s relievers. Unlike the Astros, the White Sox will stick with the originally scheduled Carlos Rodon as their starting pitcher in today’s MLB betting showdown. At one point, Rodon was a leading candidate to bring home the AL Cy Young Award. He missed a few starts with an injury during the second half though. Rodon still finished the year with 13 wins and an impressive 0.96 WHIP. He also shut down the Astros in both regular-season outings against them. Rodon allowed a total of four hits and one earned run in 14 innings pitched between the two starts.
Astros vs White Sox MLB Betting Odds
Moneyline: HOU: (-110) | CHW: (-110)
Run Line: HOU: -1.5 (+150) | CHW: +1.5 (-185)
Total: 8.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via Action Network: HOU: (62%) | CHW: (38%)
Astros vs White Sox MLB Betting Trends
- Astros are 0-5 SU in their last five road games.
- The total has gone over in five of the Astros’ last six games.
- White Sox are 5-1 SU in their last six home games.
- White Sox are 7-3 SU in their last ten games.
- Astros are 7-3 SU in their last ten head-to-head matchups against the White Sox.
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Astros vs White Sox Stats
- Houston is averaging 5.36 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 1 in the MLB).
- Houston is surrendering 4.09 RPG this season (T-No. 7 in the MLB).
- Chicago is averaging 4.93 RPG this season (No. 6 in the MLB).
- Chicago is surrendering 3.98 RPG this season (No. 4 in the MLB).
Astros vs White Sox Weather Report
Wind: 12 MPH (blowing out to left)
Astros vs White Sox Prediction
This Astros vs White Sox MLB betting prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Chicago a 50.4% chance to win Game 4 of this ALDS matchup.