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Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 05-23-2019 in MLB


Eloy Jimenez is coming off the second two-homer game of his promising career and he will look to help the Chicago White Sox gain a four-game split against the host Houston Astros on Thursday. The rookie outfielder clubbed two solo blasts on Wednesday as Chicago rolled to a 9-4 win.

Jimenez returned Monday after a layoff of three-plus weeks due to an ankle injury and was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series before fueling Wednesday's victory. Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam and Jose Abreu belted a solo shot as the White Sox halted a three-game slide. The setback was just the second in the past 14 games for Houston, which also became the first team to hit into a triple play this season when Jake Marisnick bounced into one in the third inning. Astros standout Alex Bregman smacked his 10th homer of the month and has 15 on the season.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (5-1, 3.35 ERA) vs. Astros RH Corbin Martin (1-0, 3.86)

Giolito has won three straight starts and pitched well in each as he gave up two runs and 10 hits over 19 1/3 innings combined. The 24-year-old has struck out 20 batters during the stretch to raise his total to 50 in 43 innings. Giolito has struggled against the Astros, going 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in three career starts and has served up two homers to Michael Brantley (3-for-6) and one to Josh Reddick (3-for-7).



Martin is making his third start since recently being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. The 23-year-old beat the Texas Rangers in his first start when he struck out nine, walked one and gave up two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings on May 12. Things didn't go so smoothly in a no-decision against the Boston Red Sox six days later as he gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits over four innings while issuing four walks without notching a strikeout.

WALK-OFFS

1. Astros 2B Jose Altuve (hamstring) will start a minor league rehab stint either Thursday or Friday and should rejoin the team early next week.

2. Chicago recalled Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned fellow RHP Jose Ruiz to the same affiliate.

3. Houston OF George Springer (back) took indoor batting practice on Wednesday, his first time swinging the bat since leaving Sunday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

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Stadium

Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 43,836

Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Head
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Diaz has landed on the 10-day injured list with dizziness, and it is unclear if he will return Tuesday against the Rays.

  • Aaron Sanchez

    Pectoral
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Sanches will spend an undetermined length of time on the 10-day injured list with soreness in his right pectoral muscle.

  • Carlos Correa

    Back
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Correa is sidelined due to lower-back stiffness and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is unknown if he will return Sept. 8 against the Mariners.

  • Yordan Alvarez

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Alvarez is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Angels on Friday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Josh James

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    James is on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder soreness, but he is likely to return to the bullpen during the start of September.

  • Jose Altuve

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Altuve is not expected to suit up against the Tigers on Monday due to a day of rest.

  • Tyler White

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    White will spend an extended period on the 10-day injured list with a right trapezius strain.

  • Brad Peacock

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Peacock has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort. He sustained a setback in his recovery and it is unclear if he will be activated for Sunday's contest against the Athletics.

Chicago White Sox

  • Jace Fry

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Fry is allowed to miss up to three days while on the paternity list.

  • Carson Fulmer

    Hamstring
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Fulmer has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right hamstring and is likely to be away from the field until at least the start of September.

  • Eloy Jimenez

    Hip
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jimenez was held out of the previous two games with soreness in his hip, and it is uncertain if he will play Saturday against the Rangers.

  • Yoan Moncada

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Moncada has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain and will likely be back on the field Thursday against the Rangers.

  • Leury Garcia

    Finger
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Garcia has missed the past four games due to a contusion on his right index finger, but he is expected to return to the lineup against the Angels on Thursday.

  • Kelvin Herrera

    Oblique
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Herrera has been activated from the 10-day injured list and is expected to to return for Sunday's game against the Athletics.

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Michael Brantley 120 117 475 78 160 39 2 18 78 257 3 53 2 .337 .541 .394
Yordan Alvarez 57 55 208 35 68 17 0 19 57 142 0 58 0 .327 .683 .418
Yuli Gurriel 120 120 478 71 146 34 2 26 91 262 4 54 3 .305 .548 .344
Jose Altuve 94 92 377 70 113 19 1 23 57 203 5 61 3 .300 .538 .362
George Springer 96 95 386 74 113 18 3 27 68 218 5 88 1 .293 .565 .379
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 55 0 145 47 0 38 5 0 13 0 0 0 12 777
Roberto Osuna 54 0 158 55 2 37 6 0 17 0 0 1 9 788
Ryan Pressly 51 0 151 65 0 36 6 0 15 0 0 2 11 780
Hector Rondon 50 1 148 38 2 48 7 0 21 0 0 4 17 796
Chris Devenski 49 1 168 63 3 56 10 0 32 0 0 13 18 933
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 96 89 2 41 10 5 0 4
Max Stassi 14 13 1 8 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 9 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
Aledmys Diaz 45 35 0 0 0 3 0 0