American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, September 9th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (82-61) at Chicago White Sox (57-85), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Max Scherzer (19-2, 2.88)
Chicago - Chris Sale (10-12, 2.97)
(Sports Network) - Max Scherzer will try for a third time to reach the 20-win
mark when he leads the Detroit Tigers into the Windy City to take on the
Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series.
Scherzer has taken over as the ace of the Detroit rotation because Justin
Verlander has seen better days this season. Scherzer is 0-1 with a 5.25 earned
run average in his two attempts to crack the 20-win mark and pitched well in
defeat Tuesday in a 2-1 loss at Boston.
The right-hander allowed both runs to the Red Sox in seven innings and was
trying to become just the second pitcher in baseball history to win 20 of his
first 21 decisions. Scherzer was hoping to join Roger Clemens (2001) as the
only pitchers to begin a season 20-1.
Detroit had won three straight and seven of Scherzer's previous eight starts
and he is now 19-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 28 appearances. Scherzer is 8-1 in 14
road assignments this season and 2-0 in three starts against the White Sox. In
16 career starts in this series with Chicago, Scherzer has recorded a 7-4 mark
to go along with a 2.34 ERA.
Chicago will counter with Chris Sale on Monday and he is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA
in his last six starts. Sale did not record a decision in Tuesday's 6-4 loss
at Yankee Stadium and was reached for three runs -- two earned -- over 7 1/3
Sale is 10-12 with a 2.97 ERA in 26 starts, one season after going 17-8 in
30 games (29 starts). The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in three starts
against the Tigers this season and 3-4 in 16 career meetings, three of which
have been starts, with Detroit.
September hasn't been kind to the Tigers and they have dropped five of seven
games to start the month. The AL Central leaders lost two of three at Kansas
City over the weekend and sustained a 5-2 loss in Sunday's finale, as Doug
Fister absorbed the loss for giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Royals starter Bruce Chen limited Detroit's potent lineup to two runs across
"He's very, very frustrating," Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter said of Chen.
"You think it's there, and then right when you swing, it cuts or sinks out of
the zone. He's not nasty, he's just frustrating. I'd pull my hair out, but I
don't have any."
Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer and Miguel Cabrera was 0-for-4. The top five
hitters for Detroit finished 3-for-20 in defeat. The Tigers are 2-4 on a nine-
game road trip and 5 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland for the division lead.
Chicago's tumultuous 10-game road trip came to an end with Sunday's 4-2 win
over the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game set. The White Sox
lost the first nine tests on the trek before prevailing at Camden Yards, where
Andre Rienzo delivered 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and Dayan Viciedo added two hits and an RBI.
"Nobody likes losing so I don't know if it takes anything off your back
because our record still stinks," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "You
just go and play for today and do the things you need to do to win games."
Ventura's club is back in the Windy City to start a 10-game homestand versus
Detroit, Cleveland and Minnesota.
The White Sox have lost eight of 13 matchups with Detroit this season.
09/09 10:50:34 ET