Monday, June 9, 2014
Series preview: Tigers at White Sox
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- If home cooking is what the Chicago White Sox like, they better get as much of it as they can over the next 10 days.
The White Sox open a nine-game homestand Monday night with four-game series against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. That is followed by a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals, an off day June 16, and then two against the San Francisco Giants, the final interleague home games of the season.
After the current homestand ends, the White Sox set sail for a long journey all around the American League. Starting June 19, the White Sox will only have 12 home games over a stretch of 43 days, a run that concludes on the last day of July.
Home is where the White Sox have been most comfortable, posting a 17-14 record so far. On the road they are 14-19. The next eight weeks should go a long way toward defining the season.
The upcoming eight-week run will also include a four-game break for the July 15 All-Star Game, that might not be as restful for some. Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Chris Sale all stand solid chances of playing in the contest at Minnesota.
After the upcoming series against the Tigers and Royals are complete, the White Sox won't face another division opponent at home until the Royals return back to town on July 21.
HEAD TO HEAD
Gordon Beckham is 12-for-29 (.414) in his career against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, but Ramirez is just 8-for-47 (.170) against the right-hander. ... Adam Dunn has three career home runs against Justin Verlander with eight RBIs, but is batting just .200 (6-for-30) in his career against the right-hander. ... Of the three Tigers starters Abreu has previously faced in this series -- Verlander, Drew Smyly and Max Scherzer -- he already has an extra-base hit against all three, with home runs against Smyly and Verlander. ... Ian Kinsler has the most at-bats of any Tigers player against the White Sox's Hector Noesi, going 2-for-10 (.200). ... The Tigers' Victor Martinez is just 9-for-45 (.200) against White Sox starter John Danks, but does have three home runs. ... Of the four teams Andre Rienzo has faced at least twice, the Tigers have the least amount of hits against him (nine). ... Austin Jackson is just 2-for-30 (.067) against Chris Sale, but Martinez is 12-for-22 (.545) against him with a home runs and three RBIs.
The last time the teams played a four-game series was in April in Detroit. Each team won two games. ... The Tigers actually have a 4-2 lead in the season series after winning both games of a brief two-game series in late April. ... Noesi, who starts the series opener for the White Sox, has a 2.33 ERA over his last three starts. ... Dunn needs one home run to tie Carl Yastrzemski (452) for 36th place on the all-time list. Among active players, Dunn's 19 go-ahead home runs in the ninth inning or later are second among active players to the Indians' Jason Giambi (20). ... Paul Konerko needs one home run to tie Andre Dawson (438) for 42nd on the all-time list. ... Of the White Sox's last 11 games, 10 have been decided by three runs or less. They have also played within three runs or less of their opponent in 40 of 64 games this season. ... The White Sox's bullpen has allowed two runs on eight hits 15 2/3 innings over the last five games and owns a 1.85 ERA over its past 10 games. ... The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera left Sunday's game with a tight left hamstring. ... Tigers closer Joe Nathan has given up two earned runs or more in four of his last five outings.
MONDAY: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69), 7:10 p.m. CST
TUESDAY: White Sox LH John Danks (4-5, 4.32) vs. Tigers RH Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19), 7:10 p.m. CST
WEDNESDAY: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) vs. Tigers LH Drew Smyly (3-4, 3.81), 7:10 p.m. CST
THURSDAY: White Sox LH Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) vs. Tigers RH Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38), 7:10 p.m. CST