Moncada Leads The Chicago White Sox Against The Houston Astros
Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox (30-31, third in AL Central) (39-24, first in the AL West)
Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT in Houston
STARTING PITCHERS: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (4-2, 3.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 70 strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (4-2, 3.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 70 strikeouts) (6-3, 2.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 61 strikeouts)
Astros -175, White Sox +149; over/under is 7 1/2 runs, according to FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago White Sox face the Houston Astros after Yoan Moncada’s five-hit performance against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Houston has a record of 39-24 overall and 16-10 at home. The Astros are 21-10 when they get eight or more hits in a game.
Chicago White Sox has a 30-31 overall record and a 17-14 road record. The White Sox are 7-3 when they hit two or more home runs in a game.
This is the first time these two clubs have met this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with a.312 batting average, eight doubles, two triples, and 17 home runs. Over the previous ten games, Michael Brantley has gone 14-for-34 with a home run and four RBI.
For the White Sox, Andrew Vaughn has nine doubles, six home runs, and 29 RBI. Over the previous ten games, Jake Burger has gone 12-for-31 with four doubles and three home homers.
Astros are 5-5 with a.266 batting average and a 3.64 ERA in their last ten games, outscoring opponents by four runs.
White Sox: 6-4,.315 batting average, 3.35 ERA, 22-run advantage over opponents
INJURIES: Astros: Jacob Meyers is on the 60-day disabled list (shoulder), Jeremy Pena is on the 10-day disabled list (thumb), Parker Mushinski is on the 15-day disabled list (left elbow), Blake Taylor is on the 15-day disabled list (elbow), Jake Odorizzi is on the 15-day disabled list (leg), Taylor Jones is on the 60-day disabled list (back), Lance McCullers Jr. is on the 60-day disabled list ( (forearm)
Kyle Crick (elbow) and Liam Hendriks (15-day IL) for the White Sox (arm), Jake Burger’s day-to-day routine (hand), Grandal, Yasmani: 10-Day IL (back), Michael Kopech: on a daily basis (knee), 15-Day IL for Aaron Bummer (lat), Tim Anderson: IL for 10 Days (groin), 60-Day IL by Garrett Crochet (elbow), Jonathan Stiever: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (hamstring) (lat)