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Game No. 81 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox

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Astros face Chris Sale on Saturday.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (43-37) vs. Chicago White Sox (40-40), July 2, 2016, 3:10 PM CDT

TV: Root Sports SW
Online: MLB.TV
Radio: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM (En Español) 
Chicago White Sox SB Nation Blog: South Side Sox

Pitching Matchup

RHP Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) vs. LHP Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)

Preview

The Astros continued their hot streak, pushing their streak to 11 out of their last 12 games. The Astros are full of sports cliques at the moment, the offense is getting the job done and the pitching is doing just enough. That may not matter as the Astros face Chris Sale on Saturday.

Sale as been one of the best pitchers in the American League in 2016. He already has three complete games including a May 19th start against Houston in which he allowed one run on four hits while striking out nine.

Sale came down to earth a bit during the month of June, opening things with up with three starts with at least three runs given up. But he has rebounded by allowing just three runs over his last 15 innings.

Sale is 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA in five career starts against Houston, he is 0-1 with 0.00 ERA (8 IP) in one career start at Minute Maid Park. Curren Astros are batting .211 (15x71) against Sale with a .269 BABIP, 2.49 FIP, 24.7 K%, and a 5.2 BB%.

HOUSTON ASTROS CAREER STATISTICS VS. CHRIS SALE
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Altuve 18 6 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.333 0.368 0.389 0.757
Carlos Correa 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
Evan Gattis 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.833 1.167
Carlos Gomez 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.167 0.167 0.167 0.333
Marwin Gonzalez 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Tony Kemp 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jake Marisnick 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Colby Rasmus 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.667 0.000 0.667
George Springer 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.375 0.625
Luis Valbuena 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500
Tyler White 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Danny Worth 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.667 0.500 1.167

The Astros will counter with arguably the team's best pitcher at the moment in Doug Fister. Fister has been on a roll lately, going 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five June Starts. Fister is 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA in six starts at home this season.

Fister is 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 10 career starts against the White Sox. Current White Sox are batting .308 (20x65) against Fister with a 3.33 FIP, .364 BABIP, 14.9 K%, and 10.8 BB%.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX CAREER STATISTICS VS. DOUG FISTER
BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jose Abreu 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.333 0.333 0.333 0.667
Alex Avila 7 3 0 2 0 2 4 2 0.429 0.636 1.000 1.636
Melky Cabrera 17 7 1 1 0 1 0 3 0.412 0.412 0.588 1.000
Adam Eaton 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 1.000 1.667
Todd Frazier 10 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0.400 0.500 0.400 0.900
Leury Garcia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Avisail Garcia 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Austin Jackson 17 2 1 0 0 3 0 4 0.118 0.118 0.176 0.294
Brett Lawrie 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.000 0.143 0.000 0.143
Justin Morneau 28 9 3 0 1 4 0 5 0.321 0.321 0.536 0.857
Dioner Navarro 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 1.333
J.B. Shuck 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000