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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

  • Jose Altuve

    Hamstring
    Ques Thurs | 10-day IL

    Altuve has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. He has begun a rehab assignment, leaving his status for Thursday's matchup against the Yankees unclear.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    Ques Thurs | 10-day IL

    McHugh has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow discomfort, and it is unknown if he will return against the Yankees on Thursday.

  • Joe Smith

    Achilles
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Smith is on the 10-day injured list and is not expected to return until at least the beginning of July.

  • Jake Marisnick

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Marisnick has missed the last two games with left knee discomfort, and it is unknown if he will play against the Reds on Monday.

  • George Springer

    Hamstring
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Springer is on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. He is likely to be away from the team until at least the second half of June.

  • Max Stassi

    Knee
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Stassi has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left knee soreness. He is expected to be on the IL until at least the end of June.

  • Aledmys Diaz

    Hamstring
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Diaz is on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain and is expected to be idle until at least the latter part of June.

  • Lance McCullers Jr.

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    McCullers Jr. has been transferred to the 60-day injured list and is expected to miss the 2019 season after having Tommy John surgery.

Chicago White Sox

  • Welington Castillo

    Back
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Castillo was lifted from the previous game due to lower-back tightness, and it is unclear if he will be available for Tuesday's battle against the Cubs.

  • Yoan Moncada

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Moncada is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup against the Cubs even though he is dealing with upper-back tightness.

  • Yoan Moncada

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Moncada has missed the past four games due to a mid-back strain. He is expected back for Sunday's series finale.

  • Jace Fry

    Shoulder
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Fry is on the 10-day injured list with soreness in his right shoulder. He is expected to be sidelined until the latter part of June.

  • Jon Jay

    Groin
    Late June | 60-day IL

    Jay has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to a right groin strain. He has started a rehab assignment and is likely to be held out of action until at least the end of June.

  • Dylan Covey

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Covey has landed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. There is currently no timetable for recovery.

  • Carlos Rodon

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Rodon has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

  • Yoan Moncada

    Leg
    Prob Tues | probable

    Moncada was absent from the lineup during the last game due to a soreness in his leg. It is likely he will suit up Tuesday against the Nationals.

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
Yordan Alvarez 6 6 21 8 8 0 0 4 8 20 0 7 0 .381 .952 .519
Michael Brantley 68 66 264 34 82 19 1 10 39 133 3 26 2 .311 .504 .373
George Springer 48 47 185 41 57 9 1 17 43 119 4 45 1 .308 .643 .389
Josh Reddick 64 62 240 30 73 9 1 8 25 108 4 28 2 .304 .450 .342
Carlos Correa 50 50 190 26 56 13 1 11 35 104 1 51 0 .295 .547 .360
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
Roberto Osuna 30 0 91 30 1 18 3 0 7 0 0 0 4 426
Ryan Pressly 30 0 94 34 0 17 2 0 3 0 0 0 4 443
Hector Rondon 28 0 77 22 1 24 2 0 8 0 0 4 10 427
Will Harris 28 0 75 23 0 20 1 0 5 0 0 0 6 391
Josh James 26 0 112 58 2 24 7 0 20 0 0 5 24 681
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 54 51 2 26 5 3 0 1
Max Stassi 18 16 0 12 2 1 0 1
Garrett Stubbs 7 5 0 1 1 0 0 0
Aledmys Diaz 32 27 0 0 0 2 0 0
Alex Bregman 70 70 0 0 0 5 0 0