Matchup: Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
Venue: US Cellular Field; Chicago, IL
Time: 8:10 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FSD
The Detroit Tigers (12-9, first place AL Central) have played the fewest games in the majors due to off days and a string of bad weather to begin the season. The Tigers experienced their third postponed game of the season already on Sunday when they were rained out in Minnesota. The rain outs have not allowed the Tigers to get into a groove with their pitching or offensively. The Tigers only have a +4 run differential so far this season, and have scored only 95 total runs, the third least amount in the American League. Despite an inconsistent offense, and a bullpen who struggles even in low pressure situations, the Tigers remain in first place in the division just as they have for the entire season to date.
The Chicago White Sox (14-13, third place AL Central) have slugged their way to a .519 win percentage on the young season. The White Sox lead the majors in runs scored with 150. Leading the way for the Sox is the rookie slugger Jose Abreu, who leads the way with 10 home runs and 32 RBI’s. Chicago has struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard however. Along with leading the majors in runs, the White Sox have allowed the second most runs in the majors with 141. Pitching could be the downfall of the White Sox this season, who seem to have one of the strongest lineups in the American League, and perhaps all of baseball.
Starting for the Tigers will be ace Justin Verlander. Verlander is tied for the lead in wins on the Tigers with three and comes into tonight’s game with a 2.18 ERA.
The White Sox will go with Jose Quintana. Quintana comes into tonight’s game with a 2-1 record and a 3.03 career ERA against the Tigers in five starts.
The Tigers and White Sox have split four games this season, the first series of the season for the two teams.