Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox Matchup Preview - August 17th, 2022

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Alex Bregman and the Astros go head-to-head against Andrew Vaughn and the White Sox today. Over the last 7 days, Alex Bregman has provided the bulk of the offense for Astros. He's batted .417 with 7 runs, 10 RBIs, and 3 home runs. Meanwhile, it's been Andrew Vaughn who has been hot for the White Sox. Over the last week, he's batting .286 with 3 runs, 6 RBIs, and 2 home runs.

Houston Astros Insights

  • Framber Valdez's fastball velocity has increased 1.4 mph this year (93.4 mph) over where it was last season (92 mph).

  • Kyle Tucker is an extreme flyball batter and matches up with the weak outfield defense of Chicago (#3-worst on the slate).

  • Houston's 89.2-mph average exit velocity since the start of last season is among the best in the game: #7 overall.

Chicago White Sox Insights

  • THE BAT X projects Michael Kopech to throw 83 pitches in this game (least of all pitchers on the slate), considering both his underlying tendencies and the matchup.

  • Yasmani Grandal has primarily hit in the top-half of the lineup this year (75% of the time), but he is projected to hit 6th in the batting order today.

  • Andrew Vaughn has a 93rd percentile opposite-field rate on his flyballs (37.1%) and has the good fortune of hitting them towards the league's 9th-shallowest RF fences today.

Betting Trends

  • The Chicago White Sox have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Total Under in 16 of their last 24 games (+8.15 Units / 31% ROI)

  • The Houston Astros have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Run Line in 65 of their last 101 games (+22.15 Units / 17% ROI)

  • Eloy Jimenez has hit the Singles Over in 14 of his last 18 games at home (+10.45 Units / 52% ROI)