The Detroit Tigers are heading out to Chicago to finish the season with a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
The season is coming to a close and the Detroit Tigers are heading out to Chicago for their final four games of the season. The White Sox have clearly been the better team this year, but Detroit has been able to take a few games off of them over the course of the season.
This series is about as low-pressure as it gets. Both teams have been eliminated from post-season contention for quite some time, and the Tigers have already clinched the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. The only thing on the line here is potential roster spots for players in the 2020 season, and even with this, four games are not likely to make a big difference (unless Jake Rogers magically manages to get a hit in every at-bat).
The key for Detroit to win this series is to capitalize on Chicago’s subpar pitching. The White Sox have a team ERA of 4.95, which means the Tigers should be able to score a decent amount of runs. The Tigers, however, have had a lot of difficulties capitalizing on opportunities this year, so to get wins they will need to take advantage of situations where they can score.
The players to watch for Detroit are Jake Rogers, Travis Demeritte, and Willi Castro. These three rookies all have a chance to be big names in the future for Detroit but have yet to really step it up. Ending the season on a high note will be a great way to build up morale for the offseason.
The series begins with a doubleheader today with the first game scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. EST and the second scheduled to start after the first game finishes. Tyler Alexander will take the ball in the first game, and will look for his second win on the year. The young lefty has had mixed results thus far but appears to have a great command of the strike zone. He will look to get Detroit their 47th win on the year in a few hours.