Tigers-White Sox Preview
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura doesn’t want his players
putting extra significance on their makeup game with the
second-place Detroit Tigers.
That seems unavoidable, however, seeing as it’s the last meeting
between the contenders.
Before parting ways for the season, the White Sox try to push
their lead over the Tigers to three games, while Detroit looks to
pull within one of first place on Monday at U.S. Cellular
The finale of a four-game series was rained out last Thursday,
so after the White Sox (79-66) traveled to Minnesota to sweep the
Twins and Detroit (77-68) went to Cleveland to take two of three,
the rivals have returned to Chicago.
“It’s going to be a game with a lot of emotion,” said Jake
Peavy, who pitched six strong innings in Sunday’s 9-2 win. “We got
our hands full, but at the same time we think we can get it
The White Sox would be in a better position to win the division
if they were able to beat Detroit with any regularity. Chicago is
5-12 in the season series and has lost nine of the last 10
Regardless of what happens Monday, though, Ventura knows the
division race is hardly over.
“You still have to finish the rest of the season,” Ventura
said. “And they do, too. It’s one of those there’s going to be a
lot of tough games coming up and we’ll face more good pitchers and
they’ll face our pitchers.”
One reason for the White Sox to be optimistic for the makeup is
their only win over the Tigers since May 15, came Monday, as
scheduled starter Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.52 ERA) put together one of
his best outings.
After yielding 12 runs over five innings in losing back-to-back
starts, Quintana allowed a run and seven hits while striking out
seven over 7 2-3 innings in a 6-1 victory. The rookie left-hander
will be pitching on an extra two days of rest when he faces the
Tigers for his second time.
“It actually does feel good about this time of season to get a
couple extra days,” he said. “It gives your arm a little extra
strength so I’ll feel good for (Monday).”
The Tigers counter with Doug Fister (9-8, 3.49), who gave up
homers to Dewayne Wise and Gordon Beckham – the only hits he
allowed – over seven innings in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over the
Two starts earlier against Chicago on Aug. 31, the right-hander
served up a solo shot to A.J. Pierzynski, and ended up allowing
three runs in five innings in a game Detroit rallied to win
This time, he’ll have to be careful facing Adam Dunn, who
appears refreshed after missing seven games with a strained muscle
on his right side. The slugger has gone 4 for 7 with a homer in the
two contests since his return.
The Tigers hope to have Austin Jackson back in their lineup
after he was scratched from Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Indians with a
sore left knee. Closer Jose Valverde gave up two runs in the ninth
inning in his third straight day of work, so he’ll almost certainly
be unavailable Monday.
“These are high-intensity games,” Sunday’s starter Rick Porcello
told the Tigers’ official website. “We’re right there in this
Jackson has played a big role in Detroit’s success against the
White Sox, batting .379 with three homers, three triples, 14 RBIs
and 12 walks in 17 games.
Miguel Cabrera, a leading candidate for AL MVP, has been just as
hard on Chicago pitching, hitting .362 with five home runs, 12 RBIs
and 12 runs. He hit his 38th homer Sunday, and is 9 for 19 with two
home runs and six RBIs in his last four games.