It’s here. Us baseball fans have finally made it. Baseball is back. This season, Apollo Media will be writing series preview and series recap blogs all year long. Now that Opening Day is here, let’s get into the Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox series preview.
The defending world champions will be unveiling the 2022 gold pennant in left field above the Crawford Boxes Thursday evening. Let’s just hope this unveiling goes better than the one to begin the 2018 season…
Anyways, the gold uniforms will be worn Thursday by the Astros, and I’m sure Minute Maid will be rocking. The Astros are being tagged as the best or one of the best teams in baseball once again by the big media. The Golden Age is certainly in full effect this season, you can read my Astros season preview here if you want to catch up on all the roster changes from the offseason.
Last season, the Chicago White Sox went had quite the downfall. They were expected to be the best team in their division, but Tony La Russa and co didn’t want any of that. I believe they will have a better season in 2023, but they still have to go through the Cleveland Guardians.
The pitching matchups for this weekend are going to look like this:
Thursday: Framber Valdez vs. Dylan Cease
Friday: Cristian Javier vs. Lance Lynn
Saturday: José Urquidy vs. Lucas Giolito
Sunday: Luis Garcia vs. Mike Clevinger
These are definitely intriguing pitching matchups throughout the series. All of these pitchers are well above average, so we will just have to see which lineup prevails in the tight situations. My money is on the Astros lineup that now has José Abreu manning first base.
Even without Jose Altuve at the top of the lineup, I expect the Astros offense to continue to chug along and be just fine. The team has multiple MVP candidates headed into this season, and the pitching looks to be just fine without Justin Verlander as the number one guy.
My Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox series preview ends with my prediction of the Astros steamrolling and winning the series 3-1. A reminder to you all, the Astros have never lost an Opening Day game as members of the American League. Really makes you think.
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