The Chicago White Sox (22-32) will have their work cut out for them against Eduardo Rodriguez at Comerica Park on Sunday when the impressive left-hander takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers (24-26) with the visitors eyeing a split of the four-game series.
The Tigers lead the series 2-1 after winning 7-3 on Saturday. Jason Foley threw 0.1 innings out of the bullpen to get the win. Zach McKinstry went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double in the win.
He drove in two runs. Zack Short added a home run and two RBIs, walking twice. Gavin Sheets was 1 for 3 with a double and three RBIs for the White Sox.
ON THE MOUND
Dylan Cease (3-3, 4.60 ERA) is set for the start for Chicago. The RHP allowed two runs over six innings in his last start, a 4-2 road win over the Guardians on Tuesday. He earned the win, yielding five hits while striking out three and walking two.
Cease is making his first appearance against the Tigers this season. Over four starts against the Tigers in 2022, Cease was 2-1 with a 0.82 ERA over 22 innings. He had 29 strikeouts and 10 walks. For Detroit, southpaw Rodriguez (4-4, 2.19 ERA) will take the mound.
It’s his first appearance of the season against the White Sox. Rodriguez made three appearances against the White Sox in 2022, all starts, striking out 12 and walking five over 16.1 innings (1-0, 4.41).
In his last start on Tuesday, Rodriguez took the loss on the road against the Royals. He threw five innings and gave up four runs (2 ER) on eight hits, striking out nine and walking two in the 4-1 defeat. The lefty ranks third in the AL in ERA.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Chicago has averaged 5.4 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.3. Against left-handed pitchers like Rodriguez this season, the Sox have a .755 OPS. Andrew Vaughn is the team’s most productive hitter against left-handers with a .654 OPS in 39 at-bats.
Detroit is averaging 4.8 runs per game in the last five, up from 3.8 for the season, with an improved slash line (.253/.371/.404). The Tigers have a .647 OPS against righties in 2023, third lowest in MLB. With a .823 OPS over 143 at-bats, Riley Greene has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Chicago is 10-19 away from Guaranteed Rate Field in 2023, scoring 4.2 runs per game while allowing 5.0 runs. Detroit has gone 12-11 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.0 runs per game while surrendering 4.8. In the last 10 games at Comerica Park between the AL Central rivals, Chicago is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 7.1-3.5.
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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