The best team in the American League so far this year has been the Houston Astros. However, the lowly Chicago White Sox have been giving them a very tough time the past two days. The Astros bats were completely shut down on Thursday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. This was due to a complete game shutout pitched by Lucas Giolito. He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball these year. He is now 6-1 with a 2.77 earned run average. He overpowered the Houston hitters and only allowed four hits. He also compiled nine strikeouts.
It should be noted that the Astros were without superstars George Springer and former most valuable player Jose Altuve. They are crucial pieces to the Houston offense. Giolito was in complete control for the entire game. He was brilliant from start to finish. He demonstrated a vast array of pitches to keep all of the hitters off balance. The final score of the game was 4-0. Corbin Martin was the starter for the Astros. He allowed six hits and three earned runs to take his first loss of the season. The Astros are still 33-18 after the losses to the White Sox. They know they are still a very good team. They are not going to panic.
The White Sox are in a rebuilding mode. They do not have the talent to compete for a spot in the playoffs this year. However, they feel that a playoff berth is not too far away. They are currently 23-26. This is a lot better than they were last year when they lost 100 games. They are going to have a huge improvement on their disastrous 2018 season. They had a lot of injuries last year. That helped to contribute to their poor play.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch did not seem very concerned with the way his team played against the White Sox. He said that even the best teams are going to lose around 60 games each season. There are some games that you are not meant to win. Therefore, he wants to put these games against the White Sox in the rear view mirror and focus on the rest of the season. However, he did give the players on the White Sox credit for playing very hard. Hinch said that you cannot take this Chicago team lightly because they have some good players.