A pair of AL Central rivals with nothing to play for but pride close out a weekend set in the Motor City. The Chicago White Sox are on the road as they play the finale of a four game series with the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon. The teams split the first two meetings this season with Detroit taking a 7-2 victory Thursday night and the White Sox answering with a 6-3 victory Friday night. The pitching matchup for Saturday’s third game of the series saw Lucas Giolito take the mound for the White Sox. He faced off with Detroit’s Ryan Carpenter. First pitch at Comerica Park was scheduled for 6:10 pm ET.
Chicago White Sox Get Glimpse of the Future
Chicago evened the series with the Tigers by rallying with six runs in the eighth inning Friday to get the win. The White Sox improved to 49-76 on the season and entered Saturday 24 games behind the Indians in the AL Central race. Chicago got two hits each from Daniel Palka (RBI) and Omar Narvaez (run) in the win while Yoan Moncada (run) and Tim Anderson each drove in two runs. Rodrigo Lopez recorded a no-decision after allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Thiago Vieria (1-0) earned the win by getting the final out of the seventh.
Michael Kopech takes the ball to make his second big league start for the White Sox in this contest. He has no record with a 0.00 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP with no walks and four strikeouts at the major league level. Kopech recorded a no-decision in his major league debut Tuesday at home against the Twins. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a 5-2 Chicago loss. This marks his first career outing against the Tigers. As a result, this marks the first time that Kopech pitches at Comerica Park as well. He made 24 starts for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League this season before being called up. Kopech was 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.263 WHIP, 60 walks and 170 strikeouts over 126.1 innings of work this season.
Detroit Tigers Hope to Take Series Finale
Detroit held an advantage late in the game and seemed poised to take the first two games of the series against the White Sox before wilting late. The Tigers dropped to 53-76 on the season and trailed the Indians by 20.5 games in the AL Central. Nick Castellanos (two RBI) was the only Detroit player with two hits in the loss: the other run scored on a double play ball hit by him. Michael Fulmer recorded a no-decision in his return from the DL with an oblique injury. He threw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Joe Jimenez (4-3) took the loss as he allowed four runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in one-third of an inning.
Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill for his 19th start of the campaign for the Tigers here. He comes in 6-5 with a 4.18 ERA, a 1.268 WHIP, 17 walks and 83 strikeouts over 94.2 innings of work this season. Zimmermann recorded the win in his last start, which came Tuesday at home against the Cubs. He threw six innings, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts in a 2-1 Tigers win. Zimmermann is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, one walk and 10 strikeouts over 17.1 innings in his last three starts. He faces the White Sox for the 12th time in his career in this contest. In those outings, he is 5-3 with a 6.14 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, 12 walks and 38 strikeouts over 58.2 innings of action. Zimmermann is 14-14 with a 5.91 ERA, a 1.423 WHIP, 38 walks and 125 strikeouts over 182.2 innings in 34 career appearances, 33 starts, at Comerica Park.
- Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games
- Tigers are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- White Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 road games
- White Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing recor