The Astros have won each of the first three games of their four-game set against the White Sox by just one run, including a 5-4 victory yesterday afternoon.
Although the names on the front of the Sox and Astros jerseys are the same, the names on the back have changed quite a bit since 2005. Chicago’s slugger Paul Konerko is the only member from the 2005 World Champion team that still plays for the South Siders, and the Astros don’t have a single player left from their 2005 National League Champions team.
Not only have both teams’ rosters changed, but their success on the field isn’t what it was in 2005 either. The Astros own the worst record in the American League at 26-44, and the Sox aren’t much better at 28-38.
Trying to stop a four-game losing streak, Chicago will send left-hander Jose Quintana to the bump tonight at Minute Maid Park. Quintana is 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 2013, and the 24-year-old starter has seemed to enjoy pitching on the road this season. In six road outings, Quintana is 1-0 with a 3.53 ERA.
Opposing Quintana tonight will be Houston’s ace Bud Norris. With a 2.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP at home this year, Norris will look to continue his success at Minute Maid Park against a slumping White Sox offense.