- The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros meet Friday afternoon for Game 2 of their AL Division Series
- Houston rolled to a 6-1 series-opening victory on Thursday
- See the best hitter and pitcher props to bet in Game 2
After a week of MLB postseason appetizers, Friday brings a full slate of playoff action, with four games rolling one after the other. The White Sox and Astros are first up, playing the second game of their AL division series at Minute Maid Park in Houston at 2:07 p.m. ET.
With the Astros taking the initiative in this best-of-five series with Thursday’s 6-1 victory, the pressure is on the White Sox to respond with a first playoff victory in 13 years. The White Sox are sending out right-hander Lucas Giolito (11-9, 3.53 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) to duel with Astros lefty Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14, 1.24).
The table below displays the main batter and pitcher props for Friday afternoon’s game, followed by my picks.
White Sox vs Astros Game 2 Hitter & Pitcher Props
|Player||Home Run||Runs Scored||RBI||Pitcher Strikeouts||Home Runs Allowed|
|Alex Bregman (HOU)||0.5 (+400o/-650u)||0.5 (+105o/-140u)||0.5 (+180o/-250u)||N/A||N/A|
|Carlos Correa (HOU)||0.5 (+400o/-650u)||0.5 (+130o/-170u)||0.5 (+180o/-250u)||N/A||N/A|
|Eloy Jimenez (CHI)||0.5 (+500o/-900u)||0.5 (+150o/-205u)||0.5 (+215o/-300u)||N/A||N/A|
|Jose Abreu (CHI)||0.5 (+500o/-900u)||0.5 (+140o/-190u)||0.5 (+215o/-300u)||N/A||N/A|
|Jose Altuve (HOU)||0.5 (+350o/-550u)||0.5 (-120o/-110u)||0.5 (+200o/-280u)||N/A||N/A|
|Luis Robert (CHI)||0.5 (+450o/-750u)||0.5 (+140o/-190u)||0.5 (+200o/-280u)||N/A||N/A|
|Michael Brantley (HOU)||0.5 (+600o/-1200u)||0.5 (+110o/-145u)||0.5 (+215o/-300u)||N/A||N/A|
|Tim Anderson (CHI)||0.5 (+600o/-1200u)||0.5 (+130o/-170u)||0.5 (+230o/-330u)||N/A||N/A|
|Yasmani Grandal (CHI)||0.5 (+550o/-1100u)||0.5 (+160o/-215u)||0.5 (+300o/-450u)||N/A||N/A|
|Yoan Moncada (CHI)||0.5 (+750o/-1600u)||0.5 (+140o/-190u)||0.5 (+300o/-450u)||N/A||N/A|
|Yordan Alvarez (HOU)||0.5 (+300o/-450u)||0.5 (+105o/-140u)||0.5 (+140o/-190u)||N/A||N/A|
|Yuli Gurriel (HOU)||0.5 (+650o/-1400u)||0.5 (+150o/-205u)||0.5 (+200o/-280u)||N/A||N/A|
|Framber Valdez (HOU)||N/A||N/A||N/A||5.5 (+110o/-145u)||0.5 (+160o/-215u)|
|Lucas Giolito (CHI)||N/A||N/A||N/A||4.5 (-140o/+105u)||0.5 (-145o/+110u)|
Odds as of October 8th at DraftKings
Can Correa Repeat Heroics?
Last season, the Astros almost pulled off the greatest comeback since the Boston Red Sox’ 2004 miracle last postseason, when they pulled themselves out of an 0-3 hole in the ALCS against Tampa to force a Game 7. Though they ultimately lost that game, their resurgence gave shortstop Carlos Correa another few games to boost a monster postseason stat line.
— Astros Future (@AstrosFuture) October 1, 2021
In 13 games played, Correa put up six home runs, 17 hits and 17 runs batted in. That postseason was hardly an anomaly either, as Correa also had 14 RBI in 18 games back in 2017 in leading the Astros to a World Series victory.
Carlos Correa has hit 4 HR in 6 postseason games after hitting 5 HR in 58 regular season games.
The only player with more RBI (12) in his team's first 6 games of a single postseason is Giancarlo Stanton (13) this year with the Yankees. pic.twitter.com/l1SGnZeozU
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 9, 2020
He hasn’t had a great deal of success against Giolito in the past, getting just one hit in nine at-bats against him, but he has driven in a run in those appearances. And he has had success against the White Sox as a whole, driving in 17 runs in 29 games against them.
Pick: Correa over 0.5 RBI (+180)
Giolito Set to Dominate Houston
As one of just 17 pitchers to register over 200 strikeouts this season, the White Sox right-hander had a year to remember.
Giolito will look to build on those memories on Friday afternoon as he makes his postseason debut. But from Giolito’s point of view, the opponent could be just what he’s looking for, having dominated the Astros earlier this year.
The 27-year-old struck out eight and allowing just one hit in a complete-game outing which turned into a 10-1 win.
9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
That is what Lucas Giolito did against the Astros this year in their ballpark. Trash cans, cameras…it didn’t matter. Our ace dominated those cheating bums.pic.twitter.com/yOU8aX9eMv
— Mike (@ChiSoxFanMike) January 14, 2020
Giolito has now faced the Astros five times in his career, and while the record hasn’t always been amazing, going 2-3 over those starts with two complete games, the power arm has always been there. Giolito has registered 24 strikeouts across 34 innings against Houston for an average of 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Pick: Giolito over 4.5 strikeouts (-140)