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Verlander aims to keep Astros rolling

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Astros right-hander Brad Peacock provided Houston a strong pitching performance Monday that, in a vacuum, was more than sufficient for the opener of an extended four-game series.

From a macro perspective, Peacock set the Astros on the path to winning the series by twirling five shutout innings in a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

With ace right-handers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole scheduled to start the next two games at Minute Maid Park, Houston earned a distinct advantage by claiming the first contest, particularly with the White Sox utilizing the "opener" strategy on Monday and working through five members of their bullpen.

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AL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 T. Glasnow, TB1.86
2 J. Odorizzi, Min2.38
3 J. Verlander, Hou2.38
4 S. Turnbull, Det2.40
5 D. Germán, NYY2.50
6 M. Minor, Tex2.64
7 C. Morton, TB2.65
8 F. Montas, Oak2.67
9 M. Pérez, Min2.89
10 M. Stroman, Tor2.95
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NL Earned Run Average
Rank Name ERA
1 H. Ryu, LAD1.52
2 Z. Davies, Mil1.54
3 L. Castillo, Cin1.90
4 C. Paddack, SD1.93
5 J. Lyles, Pit1.97
6 C. Smith, Mia2.25
7 Z. Greinke, Ari2.78
8 M. Fried, Atl2.86
9 Z. Eflin, Phi2.89
10 C. Hamels, ChC3.13
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