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White Sox hope to slow streaking Astros
Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros
- The White Sox have a 5.96 ERA at Guaranteed Rate Field but a 4.01 ERA on the road. That 1.95 difference is the second largest in MLB (road better) behind only the Rockies (2.70 difference).
- The Astros lost to the Red Sox on Sunday, snapping what was already their second 10-game winning streak this season. They are the first team to have multiple 10+ game winning streaks before June 1st since the 1955 Dodgers, who won the World Series that season.
- The Astros swept the season series against the White Sox last season, scoring 56 runs while holding the White Sox to 16 runs. Houston's starters posted a 2.22 ERA against Chicago last season, while Chicago's starters had an 8.00 ERA.
- Tim Anderson collected three hits in the seventh spot of the lineup on Sunday -- he is hitting .422 in that lineup position, best among all players with at least 10 games in the seventh spot.
- George Springer has 17 home runs this season -- the most home runs by an Astro before June 1 is Jeff Bagwell with 18 in 1996. All of his home runs have come in the leadoff spot -- the only players in the last 100 years with as many home runs in the leadoff spot before June 1 are Mookie Betts in 2018 (17) and Brady Anderson in 1996 (20).
- The White Sox are 15-0 when allowing three or fewer runs this season, the only team left in MLB that is undefeated in such games. However, they are 1-19 when scoring three or fewer runs, second worst behind the Rangers (0-11).
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Jose Altuve, a six-time All-Star, three-time batting champ and 2017 American League Most Valuable Player, missed his 10th consecutive game Tuesday for the Houston Astros, who improved to 9-1 during that stretch without arguably their most indispensable performer.
George Springer, an early front-runner for league MVP honors, sat for a second consecutive game, yet the Astros won again, earning at least a split of their four-game series with the visiting Chicago White Sox with a 5-1 victory at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros have lauded their roster depth, and the clearest indication that their words don't ring hollow is how they've performed while short-handed. Tuesday presented another example of their exceptional wealth of talent as they won for the 12th time in 13 games.
The Astros are likely to welcome back Altuve and Springer sometime soon, perhaps during this extended homestand. But when they win without them, when they seize control as Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, Josh Reddick and Alex Bregman work walks in succession, their skill is obvious.
"And we're not at full force yet," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We'll get back to full force and we'll feel good. The depth of this roster, we've been bragging about it for the entire year. It's been tested because of the injuries we've had and some guys being held out of the lineup.
"We're not picky on who's the star of the game. We just like putting up good at-bats."
Right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-4, 3.56 ERA) gets the start for the Astros on Wednesday. Cole leads the majors with 93 strikeouts, having recorded seven over five scoreless innings while earning a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on May 17.
He has posted double-digit strikeouts in five of his 10 starts, amassing 28 over 17 innings and three starts this month. Cole has faced the White Sox once in his career, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over seven innings in a 3-2 victory on June 18, 2015, while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Right-hander Ivan Nova (2-4, 7.42 ERA) will work opposite Cole for the White Sox.
Nova is 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA over seven road starts this season, and fell to 0-2 with a 16.36 ERA at home after allowing nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and four walks over three innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17.
He had been 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his two previous starts. Nova is 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA over four career appearances (three starts) against the Astros.
For the rebuilding White Sox, some nights are more challenging than others, and their lineup featuring ascendant talents like Tim Anderson and touted former prospects like Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez ran into a buzz saw in the form of Astros veteran right-hander Justin Verlander, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and worked eight frames allowing one hit while posting 12 strikeouts.
Every game isn't a referendum on their rebuild, and on those occasions when the White Sox just don't match up, a bit of understanding goes a long way.
"Tip your cap to him," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Verlander after his team's third consecutive defeat. "There's a reason he's been around as long as he's been around. Not taking anything away from our young men, but this guy was pretty good."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 22, 2019