Analysis

White Sox Head to the Motor City to Take on the Tigers

The Chicago White Sox (24-28) will head to Detroit to take on the Detroit Tigers (25-28) after dropping two of three to the Red Sox earlier this week at Guaranteed Rate Field, here is our series preview. And be sure to check back for the latest series preview on the afternoon of the first game of each series this season.

White Sox Preview

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The White Sox currently sit a half game behind the Tigers in the American League Central standings despite taking three of four from the Tigers last weekend in Chicago. The White Sox took advantage of a Tigers ball club that has struggled to meet expectations and generally looked awful all the way around to this point in the season.

While the White Sox’ record isn’t better, they’ve looked much better than most expected to this point, but they have suffered from a slew of injuries to their starting rotation and bullpen through the first two months of the season, as well as some natural regression from some of their starters.

Oh , and then there’s Jose Quintana who has looked bad in each of his last three starts, and sits at 2-7 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP on the season. Not only is he tanking his trade value, he is losing ballgames that the White Sox would otherwise expect to have a solid chance at winning with him on the mound.

The White Sox will have the surprisingly good, and surprisingly healthy Derek Holland and his sub-three ERA on the mound in game one of the series this evening, opposed by Detroit’s best pitcher in Michael Fulmer, making tonight the most interesting match-up of the weekend easily. Whatever runs the two clubs lack on Friday due to solid pitching, they will likely make up for on Saturday when Miguel Gonzalez who has lost his last five decisions and boasts an ERA north of four takes on Jordan Zimmermann who is dangerously close to a seven ERA.

The White Sox should be able to over match the Tigers bats this weekend and take at least two of three from them, so long as Miguel Gonzalez can avoid imploding again. The middle match-up will be the hinge in the direction that the series swings and it rests on whether or not Gonzalez can locate the strike zone and limit his walks.

Tigers Preview

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The Tigers will return home after a tough road trip that featured 11 games in 10 days since the middle of last week. Overall the Tigers have already played 31 road games this season, second to only the Mariners who have played the most road games of any team in the league this season.

Michael Fulmer, Detroit’s best starting pitcher gives them their best chance to win this weekend, unfortunately he’s matched up against Derek Holland, who drew 17 swinging strikes against Tigers hitters in his last outing (16.4 percent of pitches thrown). The Tigers offense struck out 49 times over the course of their four game series with the White Sox last weekend, and looked awful against White Sox pitching that struggled for the majority of the month of May.

The Tigers have dropped six of their nine meetings with the White Sox to this point in the 2017 campaign, and could very easily be in for another series loss this weekend if they can’t spring out to some early leads and limit their strikeouts.

Pitching Probables

Friday: LHP Derek Holland (4-4, 2.37) vs. RHP Michael Fulmer (5-3, 2.65)

Saturday: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-5, 4.43) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (4-4, 6.47)

Sunday: LHP David Holmberg (0-0, 2.51) vs. RHP Justin Verlander (4-4, 4.50)

How to Watch / Listen

Friday: TV: WGN, Radio: WLS-890AM

Saturday: TV: CSN-Chicago, Radio: WLS-890AM

Sunday: TV: CSN-Chicago, Radio: WLS-890AM

Series Predictions

Friday: Derek Holland turns in another quality start, but Michael Fulmer quiets the White Sox bats as the Tigers steal a squeaker from the White Sox in the series opener.

Saturday: Miguel Gonzalez out-duels Jordan Zimmermann as the biggest contract bust in recent memory see’s his ERA approach dangerously close to 7.00 after the White Sox bats slap him around en route to a victory to even the series.

Sunday: With some early run support in the series finale, David Holmberg turns in a quality start and the White Sox take the rubber match and the series, running their season record versus the Tigers to 8-4, while leap frog them in the standings.

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