Martin expected to start as Houston hosts Chicago
Houston; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston is looking for a series win with a victory over Chicago.
The Astros are 18-5 on their home turf. Houston has hit 90 combined home runs this season, most in the American League. George Springer leads the club with 17, averaging one every 10.7 at-bats.
The White Sox are 11-13 on the road. The Chicago pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.06, Ivan Nova leads the staff with a mark of 6.96. The White Sox won the last meeting 9-4. Nova earned his third victory and Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBIs for Chicago. Gerrit Cole took his fifth loss for Houston.
TOP PERFORMERS: Springer leads the Astros with 17 home runs and is slugging .654. Alex Bregman is 11-for-37 with a double, five home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 8-2, .299 batting average, 2.73 ERA, outscored opponents by 35 runs
White Sox: 5-5, .231 batting average, 3.89 ERA, outscored by eight 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).