Tigers-White Sox Preview
Miguel Cabrera’s late-game heroics helped prove once again he is
the Detroit Tigers’ best player. Jake Peavy, though, has always
been quite successful at stopping him.
Cabrera will try to end his struggles against Peavy and lead the
Tigers to their sixth win in seven games as they wrap up a weekend
road set against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Cabrera’s two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth
inning lifted Detroit to a 4-2 win Saturday. It was his third homer
in five games, and 12th of the year.
“If they want to pitch to me, they pitch to me. I try and look
for one pitch I can drive,” Cabrera said.
That’s not been the case against Peavy. Though Cabrera is a .313
hitter with 259 career homers, he’s 2 for 22 with 10 strikeouts
lifetime against the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner. The .091
average is Cabrera’s lowest against any pitcher with a minimum of
The White Sox have benefited from Peavy (2-0, 3.24 ERA) being
back in the rotation as he continues a successful comeback from
groundbreaking arm surgery. In four starts, he’s surrendered nine
runs and 21 hits in 25 innings with Chicago winning each time.
The right-hander gave up three runs and six hits in seven
innings of the White Sox’s 7-3 win at Boston on Monday.
“It was just a grind. I really had nothing,” said Peavy, who
threw a season-high 112 pitches. “A start like that can make or
break your season. I think my arm’s still getting stronger on a
Peavy will be facing the Tigers (30-27) for the first time since
the final week of the 2009 season. He’s won his last two starts
against them, allowing eight hits in 15 scoreless innings while
walking four and striking out 13.
Brad Penny looks to duplicate his best start of the season as he
opposes the White Sox for the second time this year.
Penny (4-4, 4.72) picked up his first win in 2011 when he held
Chicago to one hit in seven innings of a 9-0 victory April 23. He
has never pitched in U.S. Cellular Field.
The right-hander hopes to begin June on the right foot. He
opened May by going 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA, but was 0-1 with a 7.71
ERA in his final two appearances. Last Monday, Penny was tagged for
five runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings, but escaped
without a decision in the Tigers’ 6-5 win over Minnesota.
Still, he said it was the best he’s felt after a back injury
limited him to only nine starts in 2010.
“It’s nice to have my strength all the way back,” Penny
Chicago’s Adam Dunn is 6 for 33 against Penny with 17 strikeouts
– his second-highest total against any pitcher. Dunn went 0 for 4
with three strikeouts Saturday, dropping his average to .178. A
five-time 40-home run hitter, Dunn has just five this year, and
hasn’t gone deep at home since May 1.
The White Sox (28-32) are not expected to have Paul Konerko
available for the third straight game after undergoing a minor
medical procedure to dislodge a loose fragment in his left wrist
Friday. Konerko has 12 homers and leads Chicago with 44 RBIs and a