On Sunday, the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox hosted the AL West champion Houston Astros for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The Astros lead the series in the best of five by a 2-0 tally, which means they are one win away from qualifying for the ALCS for the fifth consecutive year. The White Sox, meanwhile, are tasked with beating Houston in three straight games in order to move on. (You can check out the full playoff schedule by clicking here.)
Now on to the important things.
How to watch
Dated: Sunday October 10 | Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Site: Guaranteed rate field (Chicago, Illinois)
TV: FS1 | Flux: fuboTV (Try for free)
Chances: HOU +110; ASC -121; O / U: 8.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Starting pitchers: Luis Garcia (HOU) vs. Dylan Cease (CHW)
Garcia, the 24-year-old right-hander, kicked off in 2021 with an ERA of 3.30 / 130 ERA + and a 3.34 K / BB ratio in 155 1/3 innings. Opposite, the White Sox will send Cease up the hill, and the right-hander will have to do better than Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito, the Chicago Game 1 and Game 2 starters, respectively. They combined for just eight innings pitched. In addition to taxing the bullpen, they also allowed nine runs over those eight innings.
In best-of-five playoff history, 10 teams have come back from 0-2 to win a series. The odds are solid against the White Sox, but there is precedent for what they hope to accomplish. The last team to come out of this was the Yankees in their 2017 ALDS against Cleveland.
Counting the Game 2 win, the Astros are now 7-2 against the White Sox this season.
The Astros finish with capable Garcia innings and a display of power from the heart of the Order.
To take: Astros 7, White Sox 3
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