The Chicago White Sox will come into their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers reeling. After two extra-inning games which saw their bullpen taxed and a starting pitcher go down, this team has few answers to their many questions regarding what’s going wrong with them.
Now, they come into a division rivalry series trying to pick up some wins to keep pace with the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians. They are also trying to find some answers to the questions of why they are doing as poorly as they are and whether or not they can fix themselves.
What can they find out in the series and will winning the series get them on track? Will they even be able to win the series?
Well, the good news for the Sox is that the Tigers starting pitching rotation has been rocked by injuries and some of their best pitchers are out of the lineup.
We won’t be seeing guys like Casey Mize, Kyle Funkhouser, or Spencer Turnbull. They have also lost guys like Michael Pineda and Matt Manning so their pitching staff is going to be thin. That will work to their advantage.
The Chicago White Sox needs to win this series and gain some momentum.
For Monday’s matchup, we will see Lance Lynn for the first time this season. He will face Rony Garcia. Garcia comes in with a win/loss record of 1-0, an ERA of 4.50, and 33 strikeouts. We don’t know how Lynn is going to perform so this one is a bit of a tossup.
Just how he will do and how long he will go are tough to determine. Can he make it a full five or six innings? We will have to find out.
The matchup on Tuesday features Dylan Cease against a player yet to be determined for Detroit. Cease has had some issues as of late and fans will hope that he gets himself right in this one.
He’s been one of the better starting pitchers on the team but must improve. On the other side, with pitching so thin, the Tigers will throw up whomever they feel is the best and most ready in Tuesday’s game.
Wednesday afternoons contest will see Tiger’s Alex Faedo take on a White Sox pitcher yet to be determined. Fadeo comes in with a record of 1-2 and has an ERA of 2.92 to go along with 28 strikeouts.
It will be interesting to see who the White Sox will put up against the Tigers in this key final game of the series. Perhaps it will be a bullpen game.
The Chicago White Sox can beat the Tigers. If everything comes together correctly, they are well-managed and playing even somewhat sharp, they will take two of three from Detroit.
That would be a nice way to start getting back on track and catching up to the leaders in the AL Central. If the White Sox don’t win at least two games, then we know that there is a lot of work for them to do and it will be tough calling them AL Central contenders. They will just keep slipping into oblivion.