Astros vs White Sox ALDS Game 4
A do or die game here for the White Sox as they were able to rally and hold off the Astros in game three to keep their season alive. The Sox took a big gamble starting Dylan Cease over Carlos Rodon in game 3, but the gamble looks like it could pay off as the Sox were able to win the game and now Rodon is starting in another pivotal game four. A strong outing will be needed from Rodon as the Sox will see Lance McCullers Jr. for the second time, and they did not fare well in game 1 against them as they were not able to get anything going on offense. It’s all on the line here. Will the White Sox continue to climb the mountain to the World Series or will the Astros send them packing and advance into the ALCS?
It is no secret that the White Sox were a completely different and much better team at home this season and even so far into this brief postseason. We saw them put up five combined runs on the road and then explode for 12 runs their first game back at home. The Sox are 54-28 in home games and 40-43 on the road. These splits are extreme and cannot be ignored. The Sox were shut down by McCullers Jr. in game one, something that had been the case throughout the season and that has continued into the postseason. In their last two starts against McCullers Jr, the Sox have only managed to get one run and put together six hits with one of those games featuring the Sox at home. The Astros will send out the Sox kryptonite and try to end this series in four games, because if it gets back to 2-2 it is anyone’s series. Rodon gets the nod for Chicago, and he has similar numbers to match McCullers. In his last two starts against Houston, he has only allowed one run and a combined four hits. The Chicago bullpen got rocked in the last game and you can bet they will be all hands on deck to pitch a better game to help the Sox extend their season.
Houston failed to take advantage of the weak link that was Dylan Cease; now they have to face the last of the big three in order to avoid the series to get tied and sent back to Houston. Make no mistake; Rodon has neutralized this Astros lineup as they have barely even been able to get a hit off this guy in their last two games against him. In fact, Rodon has held Houston to only four hits and one run scored in his last two starts against them combined. Both of those games he was able to pitch into the seventh inning. The Astros are going to need to get creative here as they have had no answer for Rodon and if he can go deep into this game the White Sox will be able to limit the use of their bullpen which has surprisingly been a non-factor in this series and save a lot of their bullpen arms for an all-out game in Houston that will decide the winner of this series.
Astros vs White Sox: The Pick
This one has a pitcher’s duel written all over it. Both of these guys have had unbelievable success against the other and that won’t stop here with the stakes this high. The bullpens came unraveled in the last game, so we are going to avoid them completely and go with the two studs on the mound here with the surprisingly high total and play the first five innings under 4.5 runs.