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.


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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