The White Sox and Astros will send two rookies to start a three-game series on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Right-hander Andre Rienzo and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer will begin the second and final series between the two teams that have the two worst records in the American League.
Rienzo received his first win in five career starts with Chicago on Wednesday against the Royals. He allowed two runs in six innings on 101 pitches, the second time Rienzo has eclipsed the 100-pitch mark.
The No. 16 prospect in the White Sox organization according to MLB.com, Rienzo has a 3.56 ERA in five starts. Rienzo was 8-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 20 starts with Triple-A Charlotte before he was promoted.
The White Sox haven't fared well against American League West teams this year at 13-17, with three of those losses suffered in Houston during a four-game series from June 14-17. Chicago took two of three games against the Rangers last weekend and has won eight of its last nine games.
"For the most part, you're pushing it into next year, so you see who's coming to play, and I think right now that's what you're seeing with a lot of these guys playing," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Now that we have kind of a different group, it just becomes different. So, you just want them to be able to play and try to get as many wins as you can."
Oberholtzer threw his fourth consecutive quality start for the Astros on Aug. 18 against the Angels. He allowed three runs in six innings, and the southpaw is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts since he was moved into the rotation on July 31.
"You try to put each other in the best situation possible," Oberholtzer said. "We're very confident out there. We still feel like we can go out there and be successful. It doesn't matter who we're facing."
Houston has won three of its last four series. It went 4-5 on a nine-game road trip with series wins against the Angels and A's. The Astros were swept by the Rangers but returned home and took two of three from the Blue Jays.
Astros: Corporan, Stassi will not travel
Astros catchers Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi, both on the seven-day concussion disabled list, will not travel with the team for this series. Both suffered concussions during the team's series against the Rangers last week.
White Sox: Garcia exits in fourth
Avisail Garcia left Sunday's game against the Rangers in the fourth after colliding with the right-field wall on Jeff Baker's home run. He was replaced by Jordan Danks, who hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning in his first at-bat.
• The Astros have won five of the last seven games against the White Sox. They lead the all-time series, 13-12.
• Danks is the first player to homer in support of his brother, John, pitching since Billy Shantz helped Bobby in 1955.
• Houston plans to announce Tuesday's starter on Monday. Jarred Cosart will start on Wednesday.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.