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Gamethread: White Sox at Astros

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18 innings in Houston, one run, seven hits. It can only go up from here, right?

Chicago White Sox v Houston Astros
One and only: José Abreu homered yesterday for the White Sox’s sole hit of the evening.
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A day after Justin Verlander flirted with a no-hitter and struck out 12, the White Sox (21-26) will get another attempt at beating the mighty Houston Astros (33-16, best record and run differential in the majors). Tonight, the White Sox will face ... another really good pitcher. Dang.

Gerrit Cole enters with a 3.56 ERA, 2.72 FIP, and 2.32 xFIP. He will most likely miss a lot of bats tonight, as his K/9 rate is sensational (13.8). Last year, it was a slightly less amazing 12.4, but that was still enough to lead all qualified starting pitchers. Verlander got the most swings and misses of any pitcher in a single game this season last night (28). Let’s hope this will not be the second straight game where an Astros pitcher sets a 2019 record in that category.

Squaring off against Cole will be Iván Nova, who has a 7.42 ERA, 5.56 FIP, and 4.79 xFIP while sporting a 6.0 K/9. Tonight’s game seems to be another big mismatch, but hey, you never know with baseball.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

This morning, the White Sox announced that Thyago Vieira will rejoin the 25-man roster.

Vieira will replace José Ruiz, 24, who was sent down after last night’s loss. Ruiz has a 5.11 ERA, 6.73 FIP, and 7.06 xFIP in 12 13 innings in the majors this year.

Tonight’s game is at 7:10 CST and will be televised on WGN. It will be audible on WGN 720.