Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
MLB: 07.10 PM EST
August 14, 2018
The Detroit Tigers (50-69) will play host to the Chicago White Sox (42-76) in the middle game of a three-game set on Tuesday night. Detroit took the series opener on Monday by a score of 9-5, on the back of a 5-5 game from Nick Castellanos. The Tigers will look to improve their 32-28 record at Comerica Park against a team that has struggled mightily away from home (the Sox are just 20-38 on the road).
STARTING PITCHERS: Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (7-9, 6.23 ERA) vs. Detroit LHP Blaine Hardy (4-4, 3.63 ERA)
Giolito has quite literally been the worst qualified starter in all of baseball in 2018, as his gaudy numbers might suggest. His 6.23 ERA is a half run higher than the dubious silver medalist, of all hurlers with enough innings (Felix Hernandez is sporting a 5.73 ERA for Seattle). Giolito’s struggles can be largely attributed to control issues, as he leads the American League in walks surrendered. He’ll be opposed by Tigers southpaw Blaine Hardy, who has settled into the Detroit rotation following moves at the trade deadline. He’s been pretty solid thus far this season, and seems to enjoy pitching against the division rival White Sox; he’s 2-0 against them in 2018 (2 ER in 12 2/3 innings pitched).
With both of these teams well out of the playoff picture, it’s always difficult to project how motivated the managers will be to go out and fight for a win as opposed to developing players for the future. But, with Detroit playing above .500 ball at home, facing a starter that hasn’t been able to get it together all year, it’s hard to find a reason not to lean toward the Tigers at pretty good value for the middle game of this series.
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