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#931 Houston Astros vs.
#932 Chicago White Sox
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 4:40pm EDT
Written by Benjamin Hayes



#931 Houston
#932 Chicago


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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.

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.

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Really thought about the White Sox for a brief second because they are a good value at home but not with Cease on the mound. They did beat Houston in their last two games in May but the Astros were decimated by injuries at the time. They are back to being the top dog in the American League. They’ll also be angry about blowing that game on Sunday against the woeful Orioles.

Prediction: Houston -1.5 run line

Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!