Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Chris Sale (15-7, 3.10 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (65-71) meet Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.30 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (74-62) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and will air on CSCh and FSDT.
In his last start, Sale pitched 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking four in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Todd Frazier (.217, 72 Rs, 35 HRs, 86 RBIs, 10 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 6 with one run. The Tigers were victorious the last time Verlander pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out nine in a 3-2 victory over the White Sox. J.D. Martinez (.322, 60 Rs, 20 HRs, 56 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Tigers hold a split 28-28 record against AL Central teams, but the White Sox are 22-34 in such matchups.
Chicago has won 51% (31-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Detroit has won 58% (38-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are heading in with a 33-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 46-14. The Tigers have a 58-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Chicago has earned 567 this season. Detroit ranks 12th with 629 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.724). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .769.
The Tigers are 41-45 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 40-49 record.