MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 241
Houston3 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 x 1080
  W: J. Urquidy (5-3)   L: D. Cease (5-3)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 17, 2021
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 21,795

White-hot White Sox prepped for big series vs. Astros

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Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

  1. Chicago took four of the last five meetings with Houston in 2019 after the Astros had won nine straight from the start of 2018 to the first two meetings in 2019. The White Sox have won just three of their last 11 at Minute Maid Park dating back to the 2017 season, including each of the last two meetings there in 2019.
  2. Chicago took two of three against Tampa Bay and has won four straight series dating back to June 3, the third longest active series win streak behind the Astros and A's (five each). The White Sox have gotten 10 quality starts in the 13 games over that streak -- overall this season, the White Sox 29 quality starts are tied for fourth in MLB and second in the AL (A's, 34).
  3. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start Friday's contest in his first appearance after his no-hit bid in Detroit on Sunday. Rodon has three starts in which he's gone 6.0+ innings and allowed one or fewer hits this season -- already tied for the most in White Sox history (Frank Smith, 1905; Ed Walsh, 1906).
  4. Houston swept a two-game series against the Rangers this week, hitting eight home runs in the series, including six in Wednesday's series finale. The Astros have hit multiple home runs in each of their last nine games -- the longest streak in franchise history and one shy of the major league record (Orioles, 10 in July 2019).
  5. Jose Altuve hit a walkoff grand slam in Tuesday's win over the Rangers, then led off Wednesday's game with a home run. He's the first player in MLB history to hit a walkoff grand slam followed by a leadoff home run in his team's next game.
  6. The White Sox and Astros are each 10-4 (.714) in June, tied for the third best record in the majors this month -- only the Athletics (12-2, .857) and Reds (11-3, .786) have been better.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/17/2021 thru 6/20/2021

The Chicago White Sox set the table for an anticipated series against the Houston Astros by doing what they've done a lot lately: They defeated the Tampa Bay Rays at home Wednesday.

The White Sox earned an 8-7 victory in 10 innings for their sixth win in seven games, their 10th in their last 13, and 27th in their last 39 contests. They have the best record in the majors and the best run differential as well, improving to plus-107 by recording their fifth walk-off victory this season.

The White Sox will open a four-game road series against the team with the second-best run differential in the American League (plus-93) on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Critical to their success has been an ability to focus solely on the opponent in the opposite dugout, a task that becomes increasingly difficult as the hype builds when series victories are coming in rapid succession.

"We talked about that one of the first games of the series," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "It's so important to play the series you're playing. You can not get more ready for one and less ready for the other. You'll regret it. You've just got to search wins every time. The only thing you recognize is every series is a different club and they give you different problems."

Right-hander Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.38 ERA) will start the series opener for the White Sox. Cease has won consecutive starts, posting a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings, after allowing a season-high six runs in a 6-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on June 1. He has recorded double-digit strikeouts three times this season, all coming in his last eight starts, and has produced 56 strikeouts over 42 1/3 innings during that span.

Cease has faced the Astros once previously, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and five walks with two strikeouts over six innings in a 6-2 home loss on Aug. 13, 2019.

Right-hander Jose Urquidy (4-3, 3.77) will get the start for the Astros on Thursday.

Following a five-start stretch where he did not allow more than two runs in any appearance, Urquidy has labored lately, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits -- including five home runs -- over his last two starts and 11 1/3 innings.

Urquidy won four consecutive decisions before surrendering a season-high six runs in a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on June 5. He will make his first career appearance against the White Sox.

The Astros improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 with their 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Houston has won 12 of 16 games and continues to flex its power, clubbing a season-high six home runs in the series finale against the Rangers despite being without right fielder Kyle Tucker and losing third baseman Alex Bregman to a left quad strain.

Second baseman Jose Altuve continues to carry a sizable load atop the lineup. He became the first player in history to record a walk-off grand slam and leadoff home run in consecutive games and added his club-leading 15th home run in the eighth inning to finish off the Rangers.

"Just keep it coming," Astros manager Dusty Baker said of Altuve. "This is a remarkable streak that he's on. He's swinging like a power hitter.

"He's being aggressive. He's not missing it. That's pretty awesome how he's starting out the games."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 17, 2021

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