The White Sox come home to play Detroit after losing their last 5 on the road (2 were also postponed due to the riots in Baltimore) to the Orioles and Twins. The Whites Sox are 2-11 on the road, but much better at home where the team is 6-3. The Sox -38 run differential is the worst in the American League and 3rd worst in the Majors. Most to the run differential can be chalked up to a poor offense that ranks last in runs scored (70), 19th in team batting average (.242), 25th in On Base Percentage (.296), and 28th in slugging percentage at .341. The pitching isn’t a ton better as the team ERA ranks 26th (4.56), has 10 quality starts (24th), a 1.40 WHIP (25th), and a .278 average against (29th).
The Tigers are in the final stretch of a 10 game road trip where they have gone 4-3 and had to fight tooth and nail to get there against the Kansas City and Minnesota. The teams 9-4 road record is one of the best is 3rd best in the American League, although their +10 run differential more middle of the pack. The team’s offense has had moments of brilliance and…well, other moments ranking 10th in runs scored (117), 2nd in team batting average (.278), 2nd in On Base Percentage (.345), and 7th in slugging percentage (.426). The pitching seems to have stabilize a bit, ranking 15th in team ERA at 3.95, 4th in quality starts at 16, 10th in WHIP (1.21), and 16th in average against at .249.
The Tiger starters are coming off some rough outings and runs at times were hard to come by, that said, the Sox have their 3 best starters going, however the offense is misfiring currently. The series should be interesting as it will be stories of what team can get back on track most.
My key player of the series: Nick Castellanos
Pitching Match-ups @ US Cellular Park
Season Series: Tigers lead 2-1
Who to Watch White Sox (Last 7 Days)
- Avisail Garcia, OF – Avi is as hot as they come, hitting .588 over the past week with 10 hits in 17 at bats. All but one of hits have been singles however with the other being a double
- Melky Cabrera, OF – Melky has hit his stride as well, hitting .350 over the past week with an RBI and 7 singles
- Jose Quintana, SP – Quintana collected 2 wins the past week with victories overs the Twins and Royals, combining for 14 innings pitched, 3 earned runs, and 10 total k’s
Who to Watch Detroit (Last 7 Days)
- Yoenis Cespedes, OF – Cespedes has hit .333 over the past week with 4 doubles(out of 8 hits) and an RBI, while scoring 4 runs
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B – Cabrera has connected for 3 homers over the past week and hit .333 with 17 total bases and 6 RBI. Cabrera reached base 11 out of 25 chances in that time frame
- Joakim Soria, CP – Soria has been rock solid this season as a closer with nothing changing over the past week with Soria picking up a pair of saves in his two opportunities.
Who Not to Watch White Sox (Last 7 Days)
- Jose Abreu, 1B – Abreu is human after all as his struggles have led him to a .105 batting average this past week with just 2 singles in 19 at bats and 6 k’s. Then again, I’m sure he’ll hit 3 homers against the Tigers this series…
- Micah Johnson, 2B – In Johnson’s 15 at bats this past week, he collected just 3 singles and struck out 3 times
- Chris Sale, SP – Minnesota got to Sale in his last start as he head only allowed 5 earned runs in 3 previous starts, however the Twins talked on 8 earned in 3 innings, that included a homer and 9 hits
Who Not to Watch Detroit (Last 7 Days)
- J.D. Martinez, OF – J.D. continues to be stuck in a slump where he’s collected just 2 hits in 21 at bats and struck out 13 times in 21 AB’s
- Victor Martinez, DH – Victor just isn’t right, as he’s stuck in a season long slump. This past week, VMart had just 3 hits in 23 at bats (.130 avg) in which all hits were singles.
- Shane Greene, SP – Greene was absolutely lit up by the Twins in his last start, as he gave up 7 earned in 4.1 innings of work that included 2 homers and 9 hits allowed. Oddly enough, Greene also had 8 strike outs and many agree this was just a bump in the road
Series Prediction: White Sox win 2-1
Next Series: 3 vs. Kansas City (16-9)