White Sox-Tigers Preview
Though the Chicago White Sox have struggled on the road of late,
and certainly at Comerica Park, they might be catching the Detroit
Tigers at the right time.
The AL Central-leading White Sox look to avoid a fifth straight
loss to the second-place Tigers by handing them a fourth
consecutive defeat Friday night.
If Detroit (69-61) is to reduce or potentially erase Chicago’s
three-game division lead this weekend, it must improve after being
swept in a three-game set at Kansas City. Though the Tigers have
won five of six at home and averaged 6.6 runs while winning nine of
10 against the White Sox at Comerica Park, they were held to one
run in their last two losses to the Royals.
“We’re a much better team than what we showed here,” said Rick
Porcello, who took the loss in Thursday’s 2-1 defeat. “Chicago
comes to town. It’s a big series. Everybody should be excited. It’s
a chance to pick up some ground.”
The White Sox (72-58) plan to add to Detroit’s struggles if they
can bounce back themselves after losing three of four at
“You’ve got to go in there and put this series behind us and
hopefully go into Detroit and play well,” Chicago catcher A.J.
Pierzynski said after Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles. “We have
to worry about Detroit.”
The Tigers are not the White Sox’s only concern.
Chicago has batted .216 and scored 22 runs while losing six of
seven on the road. It’s been held to 15 runs while dropping four
straight and five of six at Comerica Park in 2012.
All-Star Adam Dunn leads the majors with 38 home runs but is 5
for 33 (.152) with two homers in his last nine games. He’s batting
.182 (4 for 22) with two home runs at Detroit this season.
Teammate Kevin Youkilis is 1 for 21 with 10 strikeouts at
Comerica Park in 2012. His only hit left the park.
Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67 ERA) is 0-2 with a 3.51 ERA in four
starts against the White Sox, but faces them for the first time as
a Tiger. The right-hander is apparently ready to go after he
suffered a strained groin in his last start Aug. 19 versus
Baltimore, when he allowed seven runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-5
Chicago counters with Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.09), who is 1-1 with a
5.06 ERA in four 2012 starts against the Tigers, including 0-1 with
a 7.30 ERA in his last two. The right-hander gave up four runs in
seven innings of a 4-2 loss at Detroit on July 20.
“The only way you beat a guy like (Peavy) is to out-compete
him,” manager Jim Leyland told the Tigers’ official website. “You’d
better compete. I’m talking about every at-bat, you’ve got to
compete, because that one hit you get might be the one that makes
the difference in a game.”
Opponents have managed to do that for the most part of late
against Peavy, who is 0-2 with a 3.33 ERA in his last four outings
since winning at Minnesota on Aug. 1. However, he gave up two runs
in seven innings of a 9-8 win over Seattle on Friday.
Prince Fielder is batting .333 (9 for 27) with four doubles
versus Peavy, and .429 (18 for 42) against the White Sox this year.
Teammate Miguel Cabrera is 12 for 26 (.462) with three home runs
and five RBIs in his last six games versus Chicago.