Detroit will play the second game of its three-game series in Chicago on Saturday night. The Tigers entered the series having won two out of three at Baltimore earlier this week, while the White Sox were swept by Cleveland in their last series. This story was published prior to Friday night’s series opener.
Tigers hoping to play spoilerDetroit is on its penultimate road trip of the season, as it has just six road games remaining in 2022. The Tigers just hosted Chicago for three games last weekend, winning the series opener before dropping the next two games. They responded with an 11-0 win over Baltimore on Monday and clinched the series victory in a 3-2 final on Tuesday. Detroit was unable to sweep the Orioles, losing an 8-1 decision on Wednesday. The Tigers have already been eliminated from the playoffs, and they have the second-worst record in the American League.
Their offense has been bad all year, ranked No. 27 in the majors in batting average (.229). Shortstop Javy Baez leads the team with 122 hits, including 14 home runs. He has also driven in a team-high 58 runs and has walked 25 times. Detroit is facing a Chicago pitching staff that is No. 13 with an ERA of 3.88. Right-handed pitcher Drew Hutchison is going to start for Detroit on Saturday night. He allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks across 4.2 innings against the White Sox last Sunday. Hutchison has allowed at least two runs in five consecutive outings—he is 2-9 with a 4.59 ERA this season.
Martin trying to maintain good formChicago has never been able to get into a rhythm this season, hovering around the .500 mark for almost the entire second half. The White Sox went through a strong stretch earlier this month, winning eight out of 11 games. They took two out of three in Detroit last weekend, with the lone loss coming in extra innings. All of that work was undone when Chicago was swept in a three-game series against Cleveland earlier this week, including a 4-2 loss on Thursday. The White Sox are now seven games behind Cleveland in the AL Central and are 6.5 games back of Seattle for the final AL Wild Card spot.
Their offense has been the strength of their team, as they rank second in the majors in batting average (.260). First baseman Jose Abreu leads the team with 175 hits, while right fielder Andrew Vaughn has 136 hits. They are facing a Detroit pitching staff that is No. 20 with an ERA of 4.11. Right-handed pitcher Davis Martin will be on the mound for Chicago on Saturday night. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out five batters across six innings against Detroit last week, notching a quality start. Martin has allowed just one earned run across his last 11 innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.78.
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Chicago has to win the rest of its games if it wants to have any chance at making the playoffs. The White Sox have a huge advantage over a bad Detroit team on Saturday night, and it showed when they won the series last weekend. They lit up Hutchison for six runs, as he continues to allow multiple runs in every start. Martin, meanwhile, has given up just one earned run in his last 11 innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.78. Chicago has won seven of its last eight games against Detroit, and the White Sox should win comfortably again on Saturday.
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Detroit continues to go over the total due to its poor pitching. The Tigers have gone over in 11 of their last 13 road games, and they should score a few runs against Martin on Saturday. Hutchison is almost guaranteed to give up at least three runs to a strong Chicago lineup, which makes the over look like a strong play. The White Sox have the second-best batting average in the majors and are motivated to make one final playoff push.