Hiring deliberate to start as Chicago hosts Houston

Houston Astros (55-36, first AL West) vs. Chicago White Sox (54-35, first AL Central)

Chicago; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING LIKELIHOODS: Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (6-2, 2.94 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 89 strikeouts) White Sox: Dylan Cease (7-4, 4.11 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 117 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: White Sox +125, Astros -144; over / under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Jose Altuve and the Astros will face the White Sox on Friday.

The White Sox are 31-14 in their home seat. Chicago Hitters have had a team on base percentage of .340 this season, led by Yoan Moncada with a mark of .401.

The Astros are 26-17 in street games. Houston faces a collective .268 this season, led by Michael Brantley with an average of .326.

The Astros won the last meeting 8-2. Lance McCullers Jr. scored his fourth win and Carlos Correa went 3-3 with a home run and an RBI for Houston. Dallas Keuchel suffered his second loss for Chicago.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 66 RBIs and beats .253.

Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with 37 additional base hits and is .505 slug.

LAST 10 MATCHES: White Sox: 7-3, .304 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outperformed opponents by 25 runs

Astros: 7-3, 0.209 batting average, 2.97 ERA, outperforming opponents by nine runs

INJURIES: White Sox: Evan Marshall: (elbows), Jimmy Cordero: (elbows), Aaron Bummer: (thighs), Luis Robert: (hips), Jake Lamb: (quad), Eloy Jimenez: (chest), Nick Madrigal: (Thigh), Yasmani Grandal: (calf).

Astros: Justin Verlander: (elbow), Jose Urquidy: (arm), Brooks Raley: (health and safety protocols), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Enoli Paredes: (shoulder), Josh James: (hip), Zack Greinke: (Shoulder), Kent Emanuel: (elbow), Pedro Baez: (right shoulder), Aledmys Diaz: (hand), Carlos Correa: (health protocols), Alex Bregman: (thigh).

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The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and Sportradar data.

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