The Detroit Tigers have hit the skids, and there is really nothing else that needs to be said. They have now lost seven straight games and ten out of their last twelve, all coming against AL West foes. The thought was that playing at home following a brutal West Coast trip would turn things around for the Tigers, but the bats remained quiet. The starters have not been doing their part either, as they’ve record just two quality starts in the last eleven games. This leads to the bullpen, which was among the best in baseball for the month of May, is getting taxed more and not being as effective. All we can really say is, “Hey, it’s only the beginning of June, not September.”, but they need to turn it around quickly.
After a short 3-game home set with the Oakland Athletics. Detroit hits the road yet again. This time, they head to the south side of Chicago to face the last place Chicago White Sox. Despite being in the cellar of the division, Chicago is just 7.5 games out of the top spot, making it the third smallest gap between 1st place and last place within a division. The Sox are .500 in their last ten games and only four games under the .500 mark for the season, but are still under-performing based on what moves they made prior to the season and expectations many had of them.
The Tigers are actually closer to last place than they are 1st place, if you can imagine that. Sitting at just one game over .500 at 28-27, they are 5.0 games behind the surprising 1st place Minnesota Twins. If there is any good news for Detroit this weekend in Chicago, they will not have to oppose White Sox ace Chris Sale, who pitched on Wednesday.
DET/CHW Recent History
This will be the third time the two division rivals will face each other the season, and the second time the Tigers head to Chicago. Detroit is 3-3 on the season against the White Sox, and lost two out of the three last time they visited the south side. The two teams haven’t met in nearly a month and both are struggling mightily to improve their position in the standings. This is a monumental series, especially for the Tigers if they want to stay above .500 and get back into the race for a fifth consecutive division title.
Game 1: Kyle Ryan (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.33 ERA)
Game 2: David Price (4-2, 3.15 ERA) vs. John Danks (3-4, 4.81 ERA)
Game 3: Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68 ERA)
Game 1: Friday, June 5th @ 8:10 PM ET : FS-D/97.1 — The Ticket
Game 2: Saturday, June 6th @ 7:15 PM ET : FOX/97.1 — The Ticket
Game 3: Sunday, June 7th @ 2:10 PM ET : FS-D/97.1 — The Ticket