Houston takes on the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Yesterday’s opener was rained out and the first game will begin at 4:40pmET. The White Sox will go with Dylan Cease in Game 1 against Zack Greinke for the Astros.
Astros shocked in Baltimore
Houston came into this series with a comfortable 10-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. After numerous injuries in the first half, Houston is hitting their stride, having won eight straight before Sunday’s disappointing 8-7 loss at Baltimore. The Astros won the opener on Friday, 3-2 before crushing the O’s on Saturday, 23-2. They were on their way to another win, despite a shaky performance from starter Justin Verlander (5IP, 4 ERA, 9 H, 11Ks). They had a 7-5 lead heading into the ninth but closer Robert Osuna allowed a sac fly and a two-run homer by Rio Ruiz to win the game, 8-7.
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Greinke is 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA since coming over from Arizona. The ace right-hander struggled against Colorado in his first start on August 6, giving up five runs and seven hits in 6.0 innings at home. Overall, he’s 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 152 innings. He hasn’t pitched against the White Sox since 2017, when he held them to one run and four hits in 8.2 innings as a hurler with Arizona.
Scoreless in Oakland
The White Sox have not been playing bad baseball lately. At 52-64, they are 18.5 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central, but way ahead of bottom-feeders Kansas City and Detroit. They had won five of seven games heading into a home series against Oakland this past weekend. They were shut out on Friday (7-0) and on Sunday (2-0), but in the middle, picked up a 3-2 win.
The Chi Sox are missing second baseman Yoan Moncada (.301, 20 HR, 59 RBI) has been out since July 30 due to a hamstring strain.
Cease is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA this season. The 23-year old allowed just two runs and seven hits over five innings at Detroit in his last start. That snapped a four-start losing streak, who had allowed 19 runs in 23 innings in that span. He has yet to face Houston in his young career.
- 6-2 last 8 road games.
- 38-13 last 51 during game 1 of a series.
- 9-2 last 11 vs. White Sox.
Chicago White Sox are:
- 1-6 last 7 home games.
- 8-19 last 27 on grass.
- 1-9 last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter.