Chicago White Sox

The Astros rose from the lowest depths to win the World Series. Can the White Sox follow in their footsteps?

The Astros once faced a longer climb than the White Sox do now before they turned the franchise around by mining gems from trades and making smart draft picks en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Those picks have yielded Carlos Rodon, Carson Fulmer, Zack Collins, Jake Burger, Nick Madrigal and Andrew Vaughn.

It’s multifaceted,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said before Monday’s three-game series opener against the Astros was postponed because of rain.

The Astros’ pitching is anchored by Justin Verlander at the top of the rotation and Roberto Osuna at the back of the bullpen.

Their powerhouse lineup features George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and rookie slugger Yordan Alvarez.

The Sox will be tested by the Astros’ rotation, which lines up with Zack Greinke (11-4, 3.08 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.87) pitching Tuesday and Wade Miley (11-4, 2.99) on Wednesday.

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