The Houston Astros seeks to maintain perfection against host Chicago White Sox in the second round of the three-game series in Chicago on Saturday night.
Houston won 7-1 at the series opener on Friday, pushing the Astros record against the White Sox this season to 5-0. Houston outperforms Chicago 34-9.
For Chicago, which is number one in the American League Central, the unbalanced losses this season are unusual. The White Sox is 54-31 against a team not named Astros.
“They exposed us a bit,” White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson told the Astros, who swept the four-game series against Chicago in June. “It can be good to be exposed. I don’t know how bad I am, so I try to do better. We have a better game plan. We go out and play hard and what See if this happens.
“Everyone is human. They strap it in like we strap it in. There’s nothing special about the team coming to play us.”
The Astros call on right-handed Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 3.61 ERA) to defeat Chicago again. The 31-year-old has won three of the last four decisions, but is getting out of the unlucky defeat of giving up two runs with seven hits in six innings against the New York Yankees on July 9.
Originally from Breeze, Illinois, Odorizzi has played the White Sox 11 times in his career. He walked 16 in 60 innings with an ERA of 3.15 3-4 and hit 77.
Chicago will face right-handed Lucas Giolito (7-6, 4.15), who will start his 19th season. He is aiming for two consecutive victories after limiting the Baltimore Orioles to two runs with six hits in the 5 1/3 innings on July 10.
When asked about the first half of the season, Giolito said, “I’m like slipping through it.” “Not ideal, I know my abilities and I’m not pitching as dominantly as I want, but that’s sometimes the way it goes.”
With four career starts with the Astros, Giolito is 1-3 and ERA is 4.68. He walked 12 and hit 16 in 25 innings.
This will be the first start with Houston since Giolito shut out on May 23, 2019, abandoning 4 hits, 1 hit and 9 hits.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will be available for two consecutive games after being activated on Friday. He was on the team’s COVID-19 injured list.
“Until he’s gone, you may not realize what you have,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “I’m glad he’s back. He’s in the middle of the lineup. I miss him as a shortstop (when he’s out). That’s why this guy is a big player and sometimes you’re it. I take it for granted. They have gone. “
Chicago is 31 to 15 years old at home this season. Houston is 27-17 on the road.
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