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#920 Chicago White Sox 9
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 8:10pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: August 13, 2019, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL, 8:10 PM ET

After having an eight-game win streak snapped by the Baltimore Orioles, the AL West-leading Houston Astros blow into the Windy City on Tuesday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The Astros haven’t lost a series meeting since the end of the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the White Sox are coming off a loss in a three-game series on the road against the Oakland Athletics. Gerrit Cole is slated to start on the mound for the Astros opposite of Chicago’s Ivan Nova.

Astros streak ends with eight wins

A rare defensive slip-up for the Astros enabled the Orioles to find their bats on Sunday, which ultimately brought an end to an eight-game winning streak.

However, it still didn’t do anything to slow down the ridiculous momentum the Astros have continued to build on the other side of the All-Star break. They have won 20 of their last 28 games and remain cemented at the top of the AL West heap with an overall record of 77-41.

They were initially supposed to play their series opener against the White Sox on Monday, but the game was rained out, prompting the league to postpone the meeting for Tuesday, which will now feature a doubleheader. The Astros haven’t lost a single series meeting since the end of the All-Star break, but seven of those eight losses came on the road.

Cue The Imperial March as Gerrit Cole steps onto the mound on Tuesday night to face off against the White Sox. The veteran righty hasn’t allowed more than four runs in a game since May 22. He is throwing a 2.87 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP with a 14-5 record. He recently ripped the Rockies to shreds with 10 strikeouts, while holding their offense to only two runs in six innings.

White Sox still trusting the process

Count Lucas Giolito as a believer in what the White Sox are building long-term. After falling in defeat to the A’s, the White Sox pitcher gave the ultimate vote of confidence in the young and rapidly improving pitching rotation.

“I think that in the future we can be one of the most dominant rotations in baseball,” said Giolito, per NBC Sports Chicago. “You look at the raw stuff we all have, it’s there. It’s just a matter of continuing to build confidence, gain experience and at the end of the day, just going out there and executing.”

It still had to hurt getting shutout by former White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt, who led the A’s to a win in a seven-inning effort on Sunday. Yet, the White Sox can find solace in them actually being in a position to finish better than fourth place in the AL Central division for the first time in six seasons. They currently sit in third place behind the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians with a 52-64 record.

Nova is slated to start at pitcher in the second part of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Astros. The right-handed veteran’s confidence should be soaring at an all-time high after completing two shutouts in his last four outings against the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. No team has scored more than one run against Nova in his last four games. He is throwing a 4.80 ERA in 138.2 innings with a 7-9 record.

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Imagine having to face Cole and Zack Greinke in the same day.

The White Sox won’t have to imagine it on Tuesday with a doubleheader slated against the Astros with both All-Star pitchers on tap. It will be a long day in Chicago for fans watching the White Sox compete in back-to-back meetings against one of the best teams in baseball.

This is a great series for White Sox manager Rick Renteria to use in hopes of building experience and character within his young team. However, this is also a game his team has little hope of winning. The White Sox recently got shut out in two of the three games they played against the A’s. Now, they’ll be facing an even better defensive team in the Astros, who also boast a scarier pitching rotation.

Nova isn’t pitching good enough to bail his team out of this game. The only hope for the White Sox is the Astros running out of gas after the first game and completely failing to be productive on offense. This game will be closer than expected, but I still like the Astros to put the young White Sox in their place and move on towards another victory.

Prediction: Houston Astros (-1 ½ -182)

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Nova has quietly stood his ground against some good teams, including the AL Central-leading Twins. He is more than capable of working over a tired Astros offense in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. On the opposite end, the Astros will have Cole shutting down any and every thing at the plate. Give me the under betting total here.

Prediction: Under (9)

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

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