Detroit Tigers (55-72 SU, 59-68 RL, 69-52-6 O/U) vs. Chicago White Sox (51-76 SU, 67-60 RL, 60-62-5 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, August 27, 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois, 2:10 pm ET
Lines: Detroit -109, Chicago -101; Over/Under: 10.5
It’s the conclusion of a series between the bottom two teams in the AL Central in the Windy City. The Detroit Tigers play the final game of a three game set as they face the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon. Chicago won the opening game of the series by a 3-2 score Friday night to draw first blood. The pitching matchup for Saturday’s second game of the series saw Buck Farmer pitch for the Tigers against Chicago’s Carlos Rodon. First pitch in the contest is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
Detroit Tigers Struggling in August
Detroit has seen the wheels come off in the month of August as the loss in the opening game of this series dropped them to 8-15 on the month. The Tigers have faded out from the wild card race as they stood 10 games behind the Twins for the second wild card spot. Detroit lost in walk-off fashion Friday night. Victor Martinez (run) had three hits for the Tigers while Andrew Romine (run) added a pair of hits. Jose Iglesias drove in both Detroit runs. Justin Verlander recorded a no-decision after throwing seven innings: he allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Joe Jimenez (0-2) took the loss after allowing a run on two hits without retiring a hitter.
Matt Boyd takes the mound for his 20th appearance and 19th start of the season for the Tigers in this contest. He is 5-7 with a 6.24 ERA, a 1.755WHIP, 41 walks and 73 strikeouts over 92.1 innings of work this season. Boyd took the loss in his last outing, which came in a start against the Yankees at home Tuesday. He threw 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in a 13-4 Tigers loss. Boyd is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA, a 2.42 WHIP, seven walks and 12 strikeouts over 12 innings in his last three starts. He makes his eighth career start against the White Sox here: he is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.812 WHIP over 33.2 innings of work. Boyd is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.897 WHIP over 22.2 innings in five career starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Chicago White Sox Playing Better With No Pressure
Chicago is 10-14 in the month of August but they have won five of their last seven entering Saturday’s contest. The White Sox are still the worst team in the American League but they are getting a chance to see what their young talent can do. Jose Abreu (two runs, RBI) and Yolmer Sanchez (RBI) each had two hits in the win while Avisail Garcia knocked in the other Chicago run. Miguel Gonzalez recorded a no-decision after going eight innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. Juan Minaya (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth, striking out one, for the win.
Lucas Giolito is expected to make his second start of the season for the White Sox in this contest. He is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP this season at the major league level. Giolito took the loss in his White Sox debut, which came Tuesday at home against the Twins. He allowed four runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a 4-1 Chicago defeat. In his eighth major league appearance and sixth career start, Giolito faces the Tigers for the first time. His season debut marked the first time he had pitched at Guaranteed Rate Field. Giolito was 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA, a 1.407 WHIP, 59 walks and 134 strikeouts over 24 starts covering 128.2 innings for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League.
- Tigers are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games
- White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- White Sox are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
The battle of the worst teams in the AL Central isn’t going to draw a ton of eyeballs and that’s to be expected. Giolito was a marquee piece in the deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Nationals during last offseason. He is expected to be an impact arm for the White Sox going forward but it will take time for him to get up to speed at the big league level. Detroit is inconsistent as they have really floundered of late. Boyd was rocked in his last outing, but he should have a shot to rebound here. The Tigers pick up a win in a back and forth contest here.