Astros-White Sox Preview
While Chicago and Houston find themselves at the bottom of their
respective divisions, the White Sox’s Andre Rienzo and the Astros’
Brett Oberholtzer have been rare bright spots since coming up late
Rienzo looks to build on his first career win and Oberholtzer
goes for a fourth victory in five tries as the surging White Sox
face the visiting Astros on Monday night.
The 25-year-old Rienzo (1-0, 3.56 ERA) has given Chicago (54-75)
a lift since getting called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 30,
holding opponents to a .228 average over five starts.
“He has pitched great,” first baseman Adam Dunn told MLB’s
official website. “Everything is quick and he’s fun to play
After going without a decision in his first four outings, the
right-hander allowed two runs in six innings to beat Kansas City
5-2 on Wednesday.
“Just a good, gutsy job by him,” manager Robin Ventura said of
the Brazil native. “Any time you see a guy get his first win, it’s
Rienzo may need to cut down on his walks for his success to
continue. He has issued 14 in 30 1-3 innings, walking at least
three in four of his outings.
Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91), meanwhile, has displayed very good
control with five walks through 34 innings. The 24-year-old
left-hander has gone 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts since
getting called up for the third time July 27.
Oberholtzer gave up three runs in six innings in a 7-5 win over
the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday.
“You try to put each other in the best situation possible,” he
said. “We’re very confident out there. We still feel like we can go
out there and be successful. It doesn’t matter who we’re
Oberholtzer will need to be cautious against Dayan Viciedo, who
is batting .353 with two homers and 12 RBIs during Chicago’s 8-1
The White Sox have 11 home runs in that span – they have the
third-fewest in the AL – after Josh Phegley and Jordan Danks both
went deep in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Texas.
Danks entered the game to replace Avisail Garcia, who crashed
into the fence chasing a homer. The promising 22-year-old
outfielder stayed down for a few moments before slowly walking off
the field, leaving his status for Monday uncertain.
“It was more probably dehydration,” manager Robin Ventura said
of Garcia, batting .356 in his last 12 games.
While Ventura’s club remains in the AL Central basement despite
its hot stretch, the Astros (43-86) are at the bottom of the AL
West with the majors’ worst record.
Houston was on the verge of sweeping Toronto before Chia-Jen Lo
gave up two runs in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 2-1 loss.
Jose Altuve is batting .175 in his last 10 games, and Chris
Carter is 2 for his last 20 with 14 strikeouts.
Jason Castro, though, is 9 for 17 with three homers over his
last six games. He went 5 for 12 with two homers and five RBIs in
three games against the White Sox this year, and Houston won three
of four in that series June 14-17.