Houston hosts Chicago after Verlander’s strong outing
Houston; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Astros are 18-4 on their home turf. Houston has slugged .505, good for first in in the MLB. George Springer leads the club with a .654 slugging percentage, including 27 extra-base hits and 17 home runs.
The White Sox are 10-13 on the road. The Chicago pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.08. Reynaldo Lopez leads the team with a 5.14 earned run average. The Astros won the last meeting 5-1. Justin Verlander earned his eighth victory and Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Houston. Dylan Covey registered his third loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Springer leads the Astros with 27 extra base hits and is slugging .654. Alex Bregman is 10-for-39 with a double, four home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 9-1, .297 batting average, 2.23 ERA, outscored opponents by 47 runs
White Sox: 4-6, .222 batting average, 3.93 ERA, outscored by 14 runs
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Collin McHugh: 10-day IL (right elbow discomfort), Lance McCullers Jr.: 10-day IL (elbow), George Springer: day-to-day (lower back stiffness), Jose Altuve: 10-day IL (hamstring).