Series Preview: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 8-10, 2015
Happy Correa Day! Happy Velasquez Day. The Process is unfolding before Astros fans' eyes as they take their first step toward the future with two of the system's top prospects on the major league club.
It's some what ironic they would play the White Sox for Correa's first game. The Astros will forever be linked to White Sox with the 2005 World Series and the events that transpired. It was one of the proudest moment in Astros history but also one of the least fulfilling as Houston wasn't able to finish the job.
Now the Astros future takes on the White Sox in their first taste of the big leagues. Houston comes into the game on a four game losing streak, looking for a spark. That spark could come in the form of Carlos Correa. The White Sox have lost six of their last ten and appear to be sliding closer and closer to sellers at the trade deadline.
The White Sox just played the Astros over the weekend of May 29 to May 31. Chicago took two of three in the series, out scoring the Astros 12-6 in the series.
Monday: White Sox LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 3.27 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lance McCullers (2-0, 1.88), 7:10 p.m. CST
Tuesday: White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (1-0, 3.12), vs. Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85), 7:10 p.m. CST
Wednesday: White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.28) vs. Astros RHP Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 0.00), 7:10 p.m. CST
Before the Astros get to the rookie on Wednesday, they have a rookie starting game one against the White Sox. Lance McCuller is coming off a complete game, one run outing against the Orioles. Against the White Sox, McCullers gave two runs ( one earned) over 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven on May 29. Dallas Keuchel gave just two runs over his last sixteen innings, including a complete game shutout of the White Sox. Vincent Velasquez makes his first major league start on Wednesday.
The Astros missed Chris Sale the first time around, but not this time. Sale hasn't allowed a run in his last 14 2/3 innings. Carlos Rodon starts game two, Rodon allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings against Houston on May 29. The Astros made the White Sox's game three starter look like Cy Young - giving up just one run over 6 1/3 innings a week ago.
George Springer has found his stride at the top of the lineup, he batting .320 with a home run and stolen base in his last 25 at-bats. Jose Altuve has worked his way back to form, batting .296 in his last 27 at-bats with two stolen bases.
Alex Ramirez lead the White Sox with a .308 average in his last 26 at-bats. Jose Abreu is batting .200 in his last 20 at-bats. Adam Eaton is batting .280 with four extra base hits in his last 25 at-bats.
There is too much positive energy is happening around the Astros, they easily take two of three from the White Sox.