A pair of AL Central rivals take to the diamond as they open up a weekend series up in the Motor City. The Chicago White Sox are on the road as they play the first game of a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers Thursday night. Chicago played the rubber game of a three-game road set with the Guardians in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon. The White Sox picked up a 4-2 win in the middle game of the set Tuesday night. Detroit played the rubber game of their three-game series with the Royals in Kansas City Wednesday night. The Tigers were knocked off 4-1 in the middle game of the series Tuesday night. Last season, the White Sox won 12 of the 19 meetings, though the Tigers swept a three-game set on the road in the most recent series between the teams on September 23-25, 2022.
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Chicago White Sox Try to Regroup After Sluggish StartChicago won for the sixth time in their last eight games as they evened their series with the Guardians on the road Tuesday night. The White Sox improved to 20-30 on the season and stood fourth in the AL Central, 5.5 games behind the Twins for the top spot entering Wednesday’s action. On Tuesday night, Chicago finished with eight hits with Luis Robert Jr. the lone player with two in the contest. Yasmani Grandal hit his fourth homer of the season for the White Sox in the victory. Dylan Cease (3-3) earned the win on the mound as he threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Kendall Graveman worked the ninth, allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and one strikeout, for his fourth save of the year.
Lucas Giolito is expected to be on the mound for the White Sox here as he makes his 11th start of the season in this contest. He is 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA, a 1.123 WHIP, 12 walks and 60 strikeouts over 59.2 innings of work this season. Giolito earned the win in his last start, which came at home against the Royals Saturday. He threw six innings, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in game the White Sox won 5-1. In his last three starts, Giolito is 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, three walks and 19 strikeouts over 18 innings of work. Giolito makes his 20th career start against the Tigers in this contest. He is 6-6 with a 4.46 ERA, a 1.193 WHIP, 34 walks and 126 strikeouts over 109 innings of work against them. Giolito is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA, a 1.293 WHIP, 11 walks and 46 strikeouts over 38.2 innings of action in seven career starts at Comerica Park.
Detroit Tigers Hoping for Home CookingDetroit lost for the fourth time in their last six games as they were defeated in the middle game of their series with the Royals on the road Tuesday night. The Tigers went into Wednesday’s action 21-25 and stood second in the AL Central, 2.5 games behind the Twins for the division lead. On Tuesday night, Detroit finished with eight hits with Javier Baez (RBI) the lone player with two in the loss. The Tigers finished two of seven with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base in the contest. Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) took the loss as he allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits with two walks and nine strikeouts over five innings of work.
Alex Faedo is on the bump for the Tigers as he logs his fourth start of the season in this contest. He comes in 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP, one walk and 12 strikeouts over 15 innings of work this year. Faedo took the loss in his last start, which came Saturday on the road against the Nationals. He threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a game the Tigers lost 5-2. Faedo was roughed up in taking the loss in his lone career start against the White Sox, which came at home on June 15, 2022. He threw three innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a game the Tigers lost in blowout fashion, 13-0. Faedo is 0-4 with a 5.61 ERA, a 1.545 WHIP, 13 walks and 30 strikeouts over 33.2 innings in seven career starts at Comerica Park.
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Faedo has done a solid enough job keeping baserunners at a minimum but the problem is, they end up coming around to score. He’s given up five homers in his 15 innings of work, which has to be cause for concern if you’re a Tigers fan. Chicago knocked him around in his lone career outing against them last year and the White Sox have seemingly started to turn a corner after a horrific start to the season. Giolito has been solid, throwing at least six innings in eight straight starts and he has allowed two runs or less in six of those outings. The Tigers have struggled at the plate this season, ranking last in the AL in runs scored entering Wednesday. Look for Giolito to keep them in check as the White Sox take the opener of this series.
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Chicago went into Wednesday having seen the over post a 23-24-3 mark in their first 50 games. The White Sox are 23rd in the majors with 4.14 runs per game, a number that falls slightly to 3.96 runs per game on the road this season. Chicago has an average total of 9.38 runs per game on the year. That number drops to an average of 9.04 runs per game as the road team this year. Detroit has seen the under post a 22-22-2 mark in their first 46 games of the year entering Wednesday. The Tigers are 27th in runs per game (3.61) though that does edge up to 3.75 runs per game at Comerica Park. Detroit has an average total of 8.33 runs per game, a number that bumps up to 8.45 runs per game at home this season. With both teams below average on the mound and at the plate, don’t expect a ton of fireworks here. Lean toward the under in this contest.