Chicago White Sox: The Houston Astros present a huge challenge

Vincent Parise
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The Chicago White Sox are welcoming the best American League team in the Houston Astros to play a three-game series and it isn’t going to be easy.

The Chicago White Sox are about to have a really tough series with the Houston Astros. The Astros are the best team in the American League and have a real chance to win the World Series for the second time in three years. They added to their already loaded roster at the trade deadline and they are looking like a force to be reckoned with.

The series is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and if they aren’t on top of their game they will have a rough go of it. The Astros can make anybody look horrible if they aren’t on their game. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles 23-2 on Saturday night and showed just what they can do to weak teams.

The pitching matchups are heavily in the favor of Houston and it is going to be very difficult. On Monday, Zack Greinke will face off against Dylan Cease. Cease has faced a few different teams in his rookie season so far but he has never faced a team like the Astros. It would be awesome to see him have a good showing against a lineup like that. On Tuesday, Gerrit Cole will take the ball for the Astros against Ivan Nova. Wade Miley goes for Houston on Wednesday as Ross Detwiler will get another start for the White Sox.

Houston is throwing three awesome starters who all have double-digit wins and the White Sox have three guys going who could be great or struggle. It should be interesting and it is a good measuring stick for any team in the league. The bats are certainly going to need to show up in this series otherwise it could get ugly. They only scored three runs in the entire series against the Oakland Athletics and that earned them one win out of three. That would more than likely earn them a sweep if they let that happen against Houston.

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With a starting lineup that consists of players like Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa amongst others, it can be easy to be intimidated. As good as Houston is, the White Sox just need to play their game and not worry about who is in the other dugout. Respect them but don’t fear them. Every team plays in Major League Baseball for a reason and any team can win any given game. Hopefully, the White Sox at the very least have a respectable series.

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