Examining what’s really going on with the Texans internal culture war


With the recent history of players not fitting the Texans "culture" as well as Zach Cunningham being benched for the first quarter of the Browns game for disciplinary reasons, we discuss whether Houston's focus on culture is a concern related to roster building, or if something totally different is at play.

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The Astros hope to even the series with Hunter Brown on the mound. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Houston Astros (33-40, second in the AL West) vs. Chicago White Sox (20-54, fifth in the AL Central)

Chicago; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Hunter Brown (3-5, 5.00 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 76 strikeouts); White Sox: Garrett Crochet (6-5, 3.16 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 116 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Astros -116, White Sox -104; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago White Sox take a 1-0 lead into the next game of the series against the Houston Astros.

Chicago is 13-23 at home and 20-54 overall. The White Sox are 6-14 in games decided by one run.

Houston is 33-40 overall and 14-21 on the road. The Astros have a 25-4 record in games when they scored at least five runs.

The teams play Wednesday for the second time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gavin Sheets has 14 doubles, a triple and seven home runs for the White Sox. Andrew Vaughn is 14-for-43 with a double and three home runs over the last 10 games.

Yordan Alvarez has 16 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs for the Astros. Jose Altuve is 14-for-41 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 4-6, .234 batting average, 3.78 ERA, outscored by six runs

Astros: 5-5, .262 batting average, 3.61 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs

INJURIES: White Sox: Max Stassi: 60-Day IL (hip), Dominic Leone: 60-Day IL (right elbow), Dominic Fletcher: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Mike Clevinger: 15-Day IL (elbow), Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Yoan Moncada: 60-Day IL (abductor), Jimmy Lambert: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Matt Foster: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jesse Scholtens: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Astros: Justin Verlander: 15-Day IL (neck), Cristian Javier: 60-Day IL (forearm), Kyle Tucker: 10-Day IL (shin), Jose Urquidy: 60-Day IL (forearm), Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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