Try as fans might, there is much to fear tonight and the next few nights. The Sox will take on the Tigers. The Sox haven’t played the Tigers well this season. The Sox have only won four games so far against them this season. The good news maybe is that the Tigers are not playing the best road baseball.
Tonight, Robin will send out the following guys to hopefully get on a roll against the Dirty Beast:
Alejandro De Aza CF, Youk 3B,Dewayne Wise LF, The King 1B, Alex Rios RF, AJ Pierzynski C, The Cuban Tank DH, The Cuban Missile SS, Bacon 2B.
Jose Quintana will start tonight for the Sox. Jose is making his 21st start of the season and 19th start. Lately, he has just not been very good. You could say it was due to him venturing into unchartered territory (more innings every pitched this season than previously) however, Robin has said that is not Jose’s problem. Perhaps it is the fact that teams are getting second and third looks at him that is making the difference.
His last start was against Minnesota where he allowed a career-high seven runs on five hits. Oh and he only lasted for four outs. That REALLY is not good. He did walk two and struck out one in his short 1.1 innings worth of work. Hopefully the fact that he has never faced the Tigers will work in his favor.
Jim Leyland will be sending out the following guys tonight:
Austin Jackson CF, Ryan RaburnLF, Miguel Cabrera 3B, Prince Fielder 1B, Delmon Young DH, Jhonny Peralta SS, Avisail Garcia RF, Omar Infante 2B Gerald Laird C.
Rick Porcellowill stat for the Tigers tonight. While Rick has been up and down this season (with a lot of down) he has been successful at the Cell. Earlier in the season he outdueled Chris Sale in picking up a win. He threw 7.2 innings of one-run ball on April 15th.
The key for Porcello tonight will be whether his sinker is working. If it isn’t, then Sox should have no trouble beating up on him and removing him from the game quickly.
*Notes: The White Sox have lost the season series to the Royals for the second consecutive season with yesterday’s loss. The last time that happened in back-t0-back season was in 1993-1994. Omar Infante got his 1,000th career hit against the Angels on Saturday. He is the 25th Venezuelan player to collect 1,000 career hits.