Detroit Tigers (57-45) vs Chicago White Sox (51-55) – 7:08 p.m. ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 71 degrees, 60 percent chance of thunderstorms
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- The Detroit Tigers will come home to a place that has inexplicably not been hospitable in 2014. After winning at least 50 games at Comerica Park in each of the last four seasons, the Tigers are the major’s best road team (even despite losing three straight to the Angels and finishing a rare sub-.500 road trip at 3-4) but are just one game above .500 at home, at 26-25.
- With every home stand we hope the Tigers will be able to turn it around in Detroit, so here is hoping they will finally get it going against the rival Chicago White Sox tonight through Thursday and the Colorado Rockies over the weekend before hitting the road again.
- The Tigers are coming in off a series in which they scored eight runs, but six of those came in the opener of the four-game series. They dropped the last three games in Anaheim, losing by scores of 2-1, 4-0, and 2-1 again. Thankfully for the Tigers’ slumbering bats, Chicago ace Chris Sale will not be pitching in the series, however they were shut down by some pretty average Angels’ arms over the weekend, so will it matter?
- Presumably, the home crowd will get to see Joakim Soria in action for the first time in the series, although they are all hoping for a better effort than his first outing in a Tigers’ uniform.
- Miguel Cabrera will hit cleanup again, as he did in Arizona. J.D. Martinez is the odd man out of the outfield rotation today.
When We Last Met
The Tigers avoided a sweep at U.S. Cellular Field on June 12 when Max Scherzer threw the first complete game of his career, shutting out the White Sox and out-dueling Sale. This is just the second series of the season between Chicago and Detroit at Comerica Park with the teams splitting four games in April. The Tigers hold a slim 5-4 lead in the season series.
Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45) was easily the Tigers most consistent starter in the first half, but has sputtered a bit out of the gate in the second half. In his last handful of starts, Sanchez had been tremendous until stumbling into middle inning troubles. In the previous couple of games it was the 7th inning of doom, but his last outing it was moved up to the fifth when Anibal surrendered three runs and two more runs came across in the sixth and seventh innings to turn a 7-0 lead in Arizona into a 7-5 nail biter. Sanchez left the game and the offense rallied for more so he ended up with the win, but the right hander’s fatigue factor has to be a concern for the Tigers.
Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15) has pitched exceedingly well in his last four starts, but has nothing to show for it–literally nothing: no wins, no losses. Quintana has allowed no more than three runs in his last seven starts (three runs allowed only once), but has four straight no-decisions because of poor run support. His last win was on June 29 and his last loss came all the way back on June 13. One of his losses came against Detroit on April 24 when he allowed three runs on seven hits. Five days later, he received a no-decision in his team’s 4-3 loss, again allowing three runs.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Austin Jackson-CF
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Torii Hunter-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Bryan Holaday-C
- Eugenio Suarez-SS
- Pat McCoy — 15-day DL
- Luke Putkonen – Out indefinitely
- Andy Dirks – Out indefinitely
- Joel Hanrahan – 60-day DL
- Jose Iglesias – Out for season
- Bruce Rondon – Out for season