Astros Look To Finish The White Sox
The Houston Astros, who are currently on a 10-game homestand, will try to win the four-game series tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Taking the mound will be Houston-area native (Cy-Ranch High School) Corbin Martin who is making his second start at Minute Maid Park. He went 5.1 innings, allowing two-runs and nine strikeouts on Mother's Day.
Houston is off to a major league best 33-17 and have become one of the toughest teams to beat at home. They are 18-5 at Minute Maid Park this season and had their seven-game home win streak snapped last night. That was the longest streak they have had since 2017 when they won nine games from Aug. 31 - Sept. 20th.
One reason that the Astros have been so tough to defeat is because of the offensive explosion they have had in their first 50 games. Houston leads the Majors in slugging (.506). batting average (.281) and hits (474). Their biggest production has come courtesy of the long ball (home runs) which they currently have 90 and at least one has been hit in 19 consecutive games, which ties their franchise record.
The Astros received some news on the injury front as outfielder George Springer remains day-to-day after suffering lower back stiffness in Sunday's game. Skipper A.J Hinch thought it was much worse when he left the game. Jose Altuve is still on the injured list with a left hamstring strain but will soon play in some games at the minor league level.