Detroit Tigers (69-79) vs Chicago White Sox (70-78) — 1:10 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
TV: FSD and MLB Network
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 70 degrees, clear
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When We Last Met
A lot has changed for the Detroit Tigers since they last met the Chicago White Sox at the end of June. Detroit took that series, 2-1, with the fourth game getting rained out. The make up will be on Monday as the Tigers and White Sox will play a day-night doubleheader.
The Tigers lead the season series between the two clubs, 7-5, but Detroit and Chicago will square off seven more times in the last two weeks of the 2015 season. At the beginning of the year, many thought these games might decide the AL Central title, but of course, not to be.
Kyle Ryan will take the hill for the Tigers for the afternoon game. He has pitched well in his last couple outings, but for the season, he is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 44 innings this season. More than likely, manager Brad Ausmus is just hoping to get some innings from him.
The White Sox have right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the mound for Game 1. Although he will hit 200 innings for the season on Monday, he has been rather disappointing for Chicago in 2015. He is 9-13 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 154 strikeouts in 190 frames.
His last start versus the Oakland Athletics was his worst of the season. Samardzija allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and three walks in three innings.
Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.55) will head to the mound for the night cap. Despite not winning games, he pitched well in his first two outings with Detroit but hasn’t really since. In five starts with the Tigers, he he is 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 25 innings.
There will be quite a difference in age between the two starters for the second game of the doubleheader as the White Sox are going to start 25-year-old Erik Johnson. The right-hander will be making his 14th career start and fourth this season. He is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings during 2015.
Detroit Tigers Lineup