It’s Chris Sale Day! – Preview & Lineups 8/12


The Twins below average pitching staff has been kicked out of town having beaten the White Sox 3 games out of 4. Now US Cellular Field plays host to the Detroit Tigers, owners of the top pitching staff in the league. Should go well.

The Detroit staff is sending out Doug Fister to face Chris Sale in the opener. Fister hasn’t given up more than 2 runs since July 7th, and a couple starts ago against the Sox: 8 innings and 1 run. It’s going to take some solid work from Sale to counter that. Sale is the single biggest reason for baseball fans to put themselves through White Sox baseball without a horse in the race. Chris had some control issues his last time out, which came against the Yankees as he walked 4, tying a season high. It didn’t stop him from being ultimately effective. He lasted 7.1 innings and was charged with 0 earned runs, though 1 unearned did cross the plate early.

The White Sox can now be deemed “new look” since they’ve now dealt one of their top offensive players, top starters, and top bullpen men. Avisail Garcia gives us a look at the future and we look towards the likes of Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham to support him. We watch for the remainder of the season asking Konerko and Dunn to age slower, and the Phegley/Flowers catching combination to be less embarrassing.

Today’s Lineup:

1. De Aza – LF
2. Beckham – 2B
3. Ramirez – SS
4. Dunn – DH
5. Konerko – 1B
6. Garcia – RF
7. Keppinger – 3B
8. Danks – LF
9. Phegley – C

Detroit Tigers Lineup:

1. Austin Jackson – CF
2. Torii Hunter – RF
3. Miguel Cabrera – 3B
4. Prince Fielder – 1B
5. Victor Martinez – DH
6. Matt Tuiasosopo – LF
7. Omar Infante – 2B
8. Brayan Pena – C
9. Jose Iglesias – SS

Where to Watch
Today’s game will be broadcast on CSN and Fox Sports Detroit. 7:10 Central start time.