Preview: Astros at White Sox
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[May 17, 2016]
Dallas Keuchel looks to find his 2015 Cy
Young form again and snap a five-game winless streak when his Houston
Astros visit the first-place Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in the opener
of a three-game series. Keuchel, who went 20-8 last season with a 2.48
ERA, surrendered 44 hits over 29 1/3 innings in his past five starts
while losing four of them.
"It just seems like it's all piling on when I'm putting guys on
base," Keuchel told reporters. "When I'm not putting guys on base,
that's when I'm in charge. We'll figure some stuff out, but I've
been feeling good. That's the most frustrating part." Houston's Jose
Altuve takes an eight-game hitting streak into the series and faces
Chicago's struggling left-hander Carlos Rodon, who is also winless
in five contests. The White Sox (24-14) hold a comfortable lead in
the American League Central despite losing four of their last five
games. Keuchel will have to contain Melky Cabrera (7-for-20 in the
last five contests, .305 overall) and Todd Frazier, who boasts five
homers and 14 RBIs his past eight outings, as Chicago begins a
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), WPWR (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 5.58 ERA) vs. White
Sox LH Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.99)
Keuchel, who makes his sixth start on the road, has given up four
homers in the last two games and nine walks in the past three while
permitting 26 runs during his winless stretch. The 28-year-old began
the season with two quality starts in his first three appearances.
Cabrera is 5-for-13 against Keuchel, who is 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in
four career games versus the White Sox.
Rodon allowed 22 runs (20 earned) over 26 2/3 innings his last five
games after beginning the season with a pair of quality starts. The
former No. 3 overall pick in 2014 gave up six runs and a season-high
12 hits last time out against Texas, but completed at least six
innings for the sixth time in seven starts. The 23-year-old Rodon
went 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts against Houston last season.
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1. Chicago SS Tyler Saladino is 7-for-16 with three RBIs in his last
2. Houston RF George Springer owns three homers and nine RBIs over
the last five games and SS Carlos Correa homered in two straight
3. The White Sox won five of six meetings last season and are 10-4
versus the Astros over the last 14 games.
PREDICTION: Astros 5, White Sox 2
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