Moncada leads White Sox against the Astros following 5-hit performance
Chicago White Sox (30-31, third in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (39-24, first in the AL West)
Houston; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (4-2, 3.88 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 70 strikeouts); Astros: Framber Valdez (6-3, 2.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 61 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -175, White Sox +149; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago White Sox take on the Houston Astros after Yoan Moncada had five hits against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Houston is 39-24 overall and 16-10 in home games. The Astros have a 21-10 record in games when they record eight or more hits.
Chicago has a 17-14 record on the road and a 30-31 record overall. The White Sox have gone 7-3 in games when they hit two or more home runs.
Friday’s game is the first time these teams square off this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has a .312 batting average to lead the Astros, and has eight doubles, two triples and 17 home runs. Michael Brantley is 14-for-34 with a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.
Andrew Vaughn has nine doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI for the White Sox. Jake Burger is 12-for-31 with four doubles and three home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 5-5, .266 batting average, 3.64 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs
White Sox: 6-4, .315 batting average, 3.35 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs
INJURIES: Astros: Jacob Meyers: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Pena: 10-Day IL (thumb), Parker Mushinski: 15-Day IL (left elbow), Blake Taylor: 15-Day IL (elbow), Jake Odorizzi: 15-Day IL (leg), Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)
White Sox: Kyle Crick: 15-Day IL (elbow), Liam Hendriks: 15-Day IL (arm), Jake Burger: day-to-day (hand), Yasmani Grandal: 10-Day IL (back), Michael Kopech: day-to-day (knee), Aaron Bummer: 15-Day IL (lat), Tim Anderson: 10-Day IL (groin), Garrett Crochet: 60-Day IL (elbow), Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jonathan Stiever: 60-Day IL (lat)