The Detroit Tigers begin their final homestand of the 2019 season with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The Detroit Tigers start their final homestand of the 2019 season with a three-game series against their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox. This will be a very low-stakes series where both teams can get some extra experience in for their young players.
Chicago took three games out of four the last time these two teams played in early August, and the Sox lead the season series with eight wins to Detroit’s four. This is hardly surprising, given the season the Tigers have had, but they still have seven more games against the Sox to take the season series if they can win six of the remaining seven.
For Detroit to win this series, they will need to capitalize when they get runners on base. This has been a problem for them all year long. They have the worst average in the league with runners on base, and the lowest amount of runs scored on the year. Despite this, they have had some hot hitters lately, such as Victor Reyes and Grayson Greiner. The Tigers will need their other hitters to step up and drive in runs when they have the chance.
This series has no playoff implications, but it could impact Detroit’s pick in the 2020 draft. Currently, Detroit has the worst record in the MLB, but the Baltimore Orioles are only 2.5 games ahead of them. While it is safe to say that neither team is trying to lose, it may be advantageous to get the first pick next year.
For the most part, this will be a series between two mediocre teams playing for pride and experience. It should be a fun series for fans and players alike, given how low pressure it will be. The series begins tonight at 7:10 p.m. EST time.