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