The Detroit Tigers (22-25), one of the lowest-scoring offenses in baseball, are set to host the Chicago White Sox (21-30) at Comerica Park on Thursday for the first of a four-game series.
The White Sox are in the midst of a seven-game road trip. They won two out of three in their last series against the Guardians, taking the finale 6-0 on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
Clint Frazier was 1 for 3 with two runs. The Tigers are back home for a seven-game homestand after finishing up a six-game road trip (3-3). They won two of three against the Royals in their last series, taking the finale 6-4 on Wednesday at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium.
Riley Greene went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double. He scored two runs. Zack Short added a home run, two runs, and three RBIs. The teams are meeting for the first time this season.
The White Sox won the 2022 season series between the AL Central rivals (12-7), although they were swept in their most recent three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field in September.
ON THE MOUND
Lucas Giolito (3-3, 3.62 ERA) is set to get the start for Chicago. The RHP allowed one run over six innings in his last start, a 5-1 road win over the Royals on Saturday. He was credited with the win, scattering six hits while striking out four and walking one.
Over five starts against the Tigers in 2022, Giolito was 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA over 28.1 innings. He had 35 strikeouts and nine walks. For Detroit, right-hander Alex Faedo (0-2, 4.60 ERA) gets the start.
Faedo made one start against the White Sox in 2022, throwing three innings in a 13-0 home defeat on June 15. He gave up nine hits and walked one, while striking out five in the loss.
In his last start on Saturday, Faedo took the loss on the road against the Nationals. He threw five innings and gave up three runs on five hits, striking out four, in the 5-2 defeat.
AT THE PLATE
The Chicago offense is averaging 4.2 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .239/.297/.385. Luis Robert Jr. leads the team in OPS at .886. The center fielder is slashing .273/.328/.557 with 13 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 34 runs over 49 games.
Against righties like Faedo this season, the Sox have a .669 OPS. Yasmani Grandal is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .803 OPS in 105 at-bats.
Detroit is slashing .230/.300/.353 for the season and averaging 3.7 runs per game, fourth lowest in MLB. Greene leads the team with a .786 OPS.
The center fielder has five home runs, 17 RBIs, and 25 runs scored with a slash line of .291/.352/.434. The Tigers have a .646 OPS against right-handers in 2023, third lowest in MLB. With a .828 OPS over 137 at-bats, Greene also has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is 9-17 on the road in 2023, scoring 4.0 runs per game while allowing 4.9 runs. Detroit has gone 10-10 in front of their home fans this season, averaging 3.8 runs per game while surrendering 4.7. In the last 10 meetings at Comerica Park, Chicago is 8-2 with an average scoreline of 7.1-3.2.
The White Sox are fourth in the AL Central, five games behind the division-leading Twins. The Tigers are second in the AL Central, two games behind the Twins.
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