White Sox: Tough Road Trip Could Become Ugly Very Fast

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 17: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox talks with Ivan Nova #46 of the Chicago White Sox during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 17: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox talks with Ivan Nova #46 of the Chicago White Sox during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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White Sox begin seven-game road trip on Monday night as they will face two of the better teams in the American League this week.

The Chicago White Sox failed to have a winning homestand as they split their four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Coming off a 3-3 record during their most recent homestand, the White Sox will embark on a seven-game road trip against two of the better teams in the American League.

This upcoming road trip for the White Sox could perhaps get ugly very fast for the team. With a starting rotation that is still struggling despite solid outings this past weekend from Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, the Sox could move further away from a .500 record.

On Monday night, the Sox will begin a four-game series against the Houston Astros. The Astros are coming off a series win on the road against the Boston Red Sox. Houston currently sits atop the AL West division with a 31-16 record. They’ve won 10 consecutive games twice already this season and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

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The Sox still haven’t announced a starter for Monday’s game. This isn’t good as the team’s starting rotation is missing a lot of depth with the injuries to Carlos Rodon and Manny Banuelos.

Dylan Covey is slated to start on Tuesday night and Ivan Nova is scheduled to start on Wednesday night against the Astros.

Both pitchers have been very inconsistent this season, especially Nova. In his last outing on Friday night against the Blue Jays, he allowed eight earned runs in just three innings pitched. This came after he recorded a quality start in Toronto on May 11. Hopefully, the Sox get a good outing of Nova on Wednesday.

The Sox could be looking at a four-game sweep at the hand of the Astros if their starting pitching fails to perform well. After their series in Houston, the Sox will begin a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Twins are leading the AL Central division with a 30-16 record entering play on Monday.

This will be the first time the Sox play the Twins this season, and it would be great if they could make up some ground in the division. However, that might be unlikely with the Sox current rotation. With Giolito starting the team’s series finale against the Astros on Thursday, Lopez figures to start on Friday against the Twins.

Much like Nova, Lopez has been inconsistent at times this season as well. But in his last outing this past Sunday, Lopez recorded a quality start although the Sox lost their game. The Sox might be able to sneak away with a win or two in Minneapolis but it wouldn’t be shocking if they were swept by another division leader.

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As written in a previous article, this season will be an up and down year for the Sox. If you’re a Sox fan that pays close attention to this team, then you’re aware that there will be some good and bad baseball played by this team in 2019. It would be great if the Sox offense can help the team get some wins on the road this week. If there was ever a time for Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada to carry the Sox, that time is now.

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