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MLB Preview: Chicago White Sox (21-31) at Detroit Tigers (23-25)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX NOTES:

WHITE SOX AT A GLANCE
The Chicago White Sox have won five of their last seven games, seven of 10, eight of 12 and 14 of 24 as they continue a seven-game trip tonight at Detroit.

RHP Lance Lynn, who has won consecutive starts and three of his last four since 5/5, is scheduled to start for Chicago.

The Sox are 2-2 on the trip following last night’s 7-2 loss at the Tigers … they won two of three from 5/22-24 at Cleveland.

Following this four-game series at the Tigers, the White Sox will return to Guaranteed Rate Field for a six-game, seven-day homestand vs. the Angels (5/29-31) and Tigers (6/2-4).

The Sox are in fourth place in the AL Central, 4.0 games behind second-place Detroit and 6.0 behind fi rst-place Minnesota.

The Sox went 6-3 on their last homestand from 5/12-21 vs. Houston (1-2), Cleveland (2-1) and Kansas City (3-0) and 3-4 on the last trip from 5/5-11 at Cincinnati (2-1) and the Royals (1-3).

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Chicago is trying to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time since three straight from 5/10-12.

The White Sox are 14-10 over the last 24 games since 4/30 following a 7-21 start to the season … Sox pitchers own a MLB-best 2.55 ERA (35 ER/123.1 IP) in 14 games since 5/11.

Chicago starters own a 2.71 ERA (24 ER/79.2 IP), .204 average and 69 strikeouts in the last 14 games (10 quality starts).

White Sox relievers own a 1.59 ERA (6 ER/34.0 IP), .158 (18- 114) opp. average and .463 OPS in the last 11 games … nine of the games have been scoreless and three have been hitless.

The Sox are 7-2 and own a 61-27 edge in runs scored over the last nine games at Comerica Park.

Lance Lynn is 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP), 40 strikeouts and a .626 OPS in his last fi ve starts vs. Detroit since 8/2/19 … he has allowed two earned runs or less in five of the outings.

Luis Robert Jr. has hit safely in 18 of 22 games in May, going 27-79 (.342) with seven doubles, eight home runs, 16 RBI, six walks, eight multi-hit eff orts and a 1.143 OPS.

LAST NIGHT’S RECAP
The White Sox were limited to just four hits, including three singles, in their 7-2, series-opening loss at the Tigers.

Tim Anderson gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the third inning but Detroit answered with four runs on three hits and two walks off starter Lucas Giolito in the fourth.

Gavin Sheets capped the Sox scoring with a solo homer in the fifth before the Tigers scored on in the six and two in the eighth.

Giolito worked just 3.2 IP and allowed four runs on six hits and a career-high tying seven walks … Garrett Crochet and Aaron Bummer combine to allow three runs on four hits and four walks.

Chicago struck out 13 times, did not walk, committed an error, went 1-2 with RISP and issued 11 walks.

ELOY ON THE MEND
OF Eloy Jiménez is 0-5 with a walk in two rehab games with Class AA Birmingham … he has been on the 10-day injured list since (retro to 5/7) due to an appendectomy performed on 5/6.

THE TIMES ARE CHANGIN’
Chicago is 14-10 (.583) since 4/30, the best record among AL Central clubs and tied with Tampa Bay for eighth-best in the AL.

The White Sox have made up 3.0 games on first-place Minnesota in the AL Central standings since 4/30 (-9.0 GB).

The Sox 3.70 ERA since 4/30 is the sixth-best in the majors.

A breakdown of the White Sox first 52 games this season:

W-L AVG R R/G HR OBP SLG OPS ERA IP QS ER HR SO
14-10 .249 109 4.5 27 .303 .401 .704 3.70 214.1 13 88 28 207
7-21 .227 106 3.8 26 .288 .367 .655 5.88 243.1 8 159 44 272

ROTATION SENSATION
White Sox starters own a 2.71 ERA (24 ER/79.2 IP), .204 opponents average and 69 strikeouts over the last 14 games since 5/11 … they lead MLB in opp. OPS (.611), rank second in ERA and opp. average and third in WHIP (1.09) during that span.

Starters have allowed three runs or less 11 times, two or less nine times and one or less six times … the rotation since 5/11:

W-L ERA WHIP QS IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/9.0 AVG OPS
7-4 2.71 1.09 10 79.2 58 26 24 7 29 69 7.7 .204 .611

SOUTHPAW SUCCESS
Chicago is hitting .331/390/.512 in the last 16 games vs. LHP.

The White Sox are batting .273/.338/.442 vs. left-handed pitching since the start of the 2019 season … during that span, the Sox lead MLB in average, rank second in on-base percentage, fifth in OPS (.781) and sixth in slugging percentage.

WHITE SOX VS. DETROIT TIGERS
The White Sox and Tigers play 13 times in 2023: six times at Guaranteed Rate Field and seven at Comerica Park.

The Sox and Tigers are separated by 4.0 games in the division.

The White Sox went 12-7 last season, going 5-5 at home and 7-2 on the road, and outscored the Tigers by a 100-59 margin.

Chicago is 45-22 since the start of the 2019 season and 33-16 since the start of the 2020 season vs. the Tigers … it has won 14 of the last 21 contests at Comerica Park, including seven of the last nine following last year’s Opening Day loss in Detroit.

COMFORTS OF COMERICA
The White Sox have won seven of the last nine games, 14 of 21 and 20 of 32 at Comerica Park … the Sox have outscored the Tigers by a 198-132 margin in the last 32 contests.

The Sox are hitting .289/.329/.455 with 11 homers and 61 runs scored (6.8 R/G) over the last nine games at Detroit … they have recorded 10-plus hits six times and scored 10-plus three times.

Chicago has not lost a series at Detroit since 9/20-21/21 (0-2).

CENTRAL DIVISION DYNAMICS
Chicago is 11-9 vs. the American League Central, including a 4-7 mark on the road … it currently is in a stretch of 13 straight games vs. the division (7-3 record).

Following this week’s trip, the Sox will play just three games vs. the AL Central (6/2-4 vs. Detroit) through the All-Star break.

The White Sox went 37-39 vs. the AL Central in 2022 (18-19 at home; 19-20 on the road) after going 69-47 from 2020-21.

PROVIDING RELIEF
The White Sox bullpen owns a 2.71 ERA (22 ER/73.0 IP) and .203 (54-266) opponents average with 69 strikeouts and just five home runs allowed over 23 games in May.

Sox relievers rank among the MLB May leaders in opp. average (2nd), opp. OPS (2nd, .602), WHIP (2nd, 1.12) and ERA (3rd).

By comparison, relievers recorded a 6.68 ERA, .290 average, .885 OPS and a 1.76 WHIP in the first 29 games from 3/30-4/30.

Joe Kelly has retired 34 of the last 36 batters he has faced, including 16 by strikeout … he owns a 10.2 scoreless IP streak.

REST WHEN YOU CAN
The Sox currently are in a stretch of 16 straight games without a day off and are 13-10 during the current stretch of 29 games in 30 days from 5/2-31 (only off days in May are 5/1 and 5/15).

The 29-game stretch includes 15 games at home, 14 on the road and 20 vs. the American League Central … the White Sox play six of seven series from 5/5-28 vs. teams below .500.

LONGBALL LOGISTICS
The White Sox (Jake Burger; Luis Robert Jr.) are one of eight teams with multiple players to hit 10-plus home runs this season, joining Atlanta (five), Tampa Bay (four), the Angels (three), the Dodgers (two), Minnesota, (two), Yankees (two) and Texas (two).

The White Sox have homered in 17 of its last 24 games since 30 (27 total homers), and hit 30 in its last 27 games since 4/27.

The Sox have recorded nine multi-homer eff orts and been held without a home run just eight times over the last 27 contests.

Chicago is 16-18 when homering, 7-7 when hitting multiple homers and 5-13 when going homerless this season.

LONGBALL LOGISTICS, PART II
Luis Robert Jr. (13) and Jake Burger (10) lead the White Sox in home runs this season.

Robert Jr. is tied for seventh in MLB with nine 400-plus foot homers in 2023 … Jorge Soler leads the majors with 12 … Robert Jr. is averaging 407 ft. and 107.2 mph on his 12 homers, including max values of 430 ft. on 5/9 at K.C., and 113.6 mph on 5/14 vs. Houston.

Robert Jr. has recorded 400-plus foot distances on 34 of his 49 career home runs … he leads the Sox since the start of 2020 with homer averages of 411 feet and 107.6 mph exit velocity (min. 10 home runs).

Burger ranks fi fth in MLB with 10.70 at bats per home run this season (minimum 100 plate apps.) … he is averaging 405 feet on his 19 career home runs, and 13 have traveled an estimated 400-plus feet.

HOORAY FOR MAY
Luis Robert Jr. is hitting .342/.409/.743 (27-79) with seven doubles, eight homers (averaging 427 ft. and 108.6 mph EV), 16 RBI, 20 runs scored, six walks and a 1.143 OPS in May (22 G).

He ranks among AL May leaders in total bases (1st, 58), extra-base hits (1st, 15), home runs (T1st), runs scored (T1st), slugging percentage (2nd), OPS (2nd), average (5th), doubles (T6th), hits (T7th) and on-base percentage (12th).

The last White Sox to win American League Player of the Month honors was 1B José Abreu in August 2021 … Abreu also is the last Sox to hit 10-plus home runs in a month (11 in August 2020)

33 STARTER LANCE LYNN RHP

LYNN AT A GLANCE
Is scheduled to make his 11th start of the season, sixth on the road and first against the Detroit Tigers.

Has earned the win in three of his last four starts after going 0-4 in his first six starts of the season … owns a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP) over his last two starts.

Has surrendered 12 home runs this season … has allowed a homer in eight of his nine starts, including in five of the last six.

Ranks among MLB active pitchers in HR/9.0 IP (6th, 0.93), SO/9.0 IP (7th, 9.10), opponents average (9th, .242), wins (9th, 126), starts (9th, 295), opponents SLG (9th, .383), IP (10th, 1,762.2), strikeouts (11th, 1,782), opponents OPS (11th, .695), ERA (12th, 3.61), WHIP(12th, 1.27) and opponents OBP (12th, .312).

Signed a two-year contract extension with a club option with the White Sox on 7/17/21 … the Sox hold an $18-million option for 2024 with a $1-million buyout.

Is a two-time All-Star (2012 and 2021) … has finished fifth in the AL Cy Young Award voting in 2019, sixth in 2020 and third in 2021 … was a member of the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

LAST START
Earned his third win of the season on 5/21 vs. Kansas City, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 6.0 IP … allowed a two-run home run to Michael Massey in the second inning … retired 14 of the last 17 batters faced.

Left the game in the seventh with the White Sox leading, 4-2 … threw 100 pitches (61 strikes).

Owned a 54.2 first-strike percentage and 16.0 swinging-strike percentage (20 swing and misses) vs. 24 batters … threw 53 four-seam fastballs (92.5 mph avg; 94.1 mph max), 18 cutters (88.0 avg; 90.3 max), 10 changeups (84.1 avg; 85.8 max), nine sinkers (90.7 avg; 91.6 max), nine curveballs (81.3 avg; 82.8 max) and one sweeper (80.9 max).

GRAB SOME BENCH
Recorded his 24th career double-digit strikeout performance and fifth with the Sox on 4/29 vs. Tampa Bay.

Ranks 12th in the majors with 702 strikeouts since 2019 … teammate Lucas Giolito (767) ranks fifth.

Has struck out at least five batters in 86 of his 105 starts since 2019, the 10th-highest total in the majors.

ROAD TRIPPIN’
Is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA (20 ER/28.1 IP) and .283 (32- 113) opponents average in five road starts in 2023 … has allowed four runs or more in each of his last three starts on the road.

Has gone 9-9 with a 3.97 ERA (70 ER/158.2 IP), .252 (158-627) opponents average and 163 strikeouts over 28 starts on the road since 2021 … has allowed two runs or less in 17 of those starts and one run or less in nine.

ORTHODOX HITTERS
Owns a career .229/.284/.352 (811-3,548) opponents slash line against right-handed hitters.

His .229 opponents average vs. right-handers is the ninth-lowest mark among active pitchers in the majors.

WORK HORSE
Ranks ninth in MLB with 1,762.2 IP since 2011 … is one of 13 active pitchers in MLB with 1,700.0-plus career IP.

Has thrown 100-plus pitches 68 times since 2019, the most in the majors during that span.

Has thrown 30,105 pitches since 2011, seventh-most during that span, and the most among MLB pitchers with less than 1,900.0 IP during that span.

AMERICA’S ACE
Pitched for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic … went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (3 ER/9.0 IP), .188 (6-32) opp. average and eight strikeouts in two starts.

Started on 3/13 against Canada in pool play, earning the win after allowing one run over 5.0 IP.

Was the starting pitcher for USA’s quarterfinal contest vs. Venezuela … received a no decision after allowing two runs in 4.0 IP … USA would go on to win, 9-7.

VS. DETROIT TIGERS || A.L. CENTRAL
Is scheduled to make his 12th career start against Detroit and fifth at Comerica Park.

Has gone 5-0 with a 2.36 ERA (9 ER/34.1 IP), .240 (31-127) opponents average and 40 strikeouts over his last six starts against the Tigers … has tossed 5.0-plus IP in five of those starts and has allowed three runs or less in all six.

Is 2-1 with a 4.88 ERA (13 ER/24.0 IP), .276 (27-98) opponents average and 27 strikeouts over four starts against the American League Central this season.

DETROIT TIGERS NOTES:

TIGERS OPEN SERIES AGAINST WHITE SOX WITH 7-2 WIN: The Tigers picked up a 7-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night. Alex Faedo started for Detroit and earned his first win of the season, giving up two runs on three hits with no walks and a career-best 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings. José Cisnero, Jason Foley and Mason Englert each worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Offensively, Akil Baddoo had a pair of hits, including a solo homer, while Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson each reached base four times with both going 2×3 with a RBI and two walks.

FAEDO FANS 10: Alex Faedo put together one of the best starts of his young career last night, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and a career-high 10 strikeouts. With the outing, Faedo became the third pitcher in franchise history to throw 6.0
innings with three-or-fewer hits allowed, no walks and 10-or-more strikeouts, joining Denny McLain on July 21, 1965 vs. Cleveland (Game 2) and Aníbal Sánchez on August 3, 2014 vs. Colorado.

GREENE MEANS GO: Riley Greene was on base four times last night, going 2×3 with a RBI and two walks. Dating back to April 26, Greene has hit safely in 21 of his last 25 games, slashing .364/.432/.525 with seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBI. In that span, he leads the American League and ranks tied for second in the Majors in batting average, while he ranks second in the AL and sixth in the big leagues in on-base percentage.

TAKE YOUR BASE: The Tigers continued to show patience at the plate last night, drawing a season-high 11 walks, which was the team’s highest total in a nine-inning game since also drawing 11 on April 14, 2011 at Oakland. Detroit worked White Sox starter Lucas Giolito for seven walks, the most free passes the Tigers have drawn off an opposing starting pitcher since September 1, 2012, when Chicago (AL) starter Francisco Liriano also walked seven.

TIGERS AND WHITE SOX: The Tigers and White Sox continue their 13-game season series tonight. Detroit went 7-12 against Chicago (AL) last season, including a 2-7 record at Comerica Park. The White Sox have won the season series over the Tigers in each of the last four seasons.

AGAINST THE AL CENTRAL: The Tigers continue divisional play tonight against the White Sox. Detroit is 7-3 against American League Central teams so far this season, going 1-0 vs. Chicago (AL), 4-2 vs. Cleveland and 2-1 vs. Kansas City. The Tigers have finished below .500 against AL Central foes in each of the last five 162-game seasons, including a 34-42 record last season.

AT COMERICA PARK: The Tigers are 1-0 on their current seven-game homestand, which includes four games vs. Chicago (AL) (1-0) and three games vs. Texas (May 29-31). Detroit is 11-10 at Comerica Park this season. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .239/.313/.367, while the pitching staff has posted a 4.24 ERA (193.0IP/91ER).

TIGERS ON THE IL:

  • RHP Beau Brieske (right upper arm discomfort, 60-day IL on March 30, retroactive to March 27)
  • OF Kerry Carpenter (right shoulder sprain, 10-day IL on April 29, retroactive to April 28)
  • RHP Matt Manning (right foot fracture, 60-day IL on April 12)
  • OF Austin Meadows (anxiety, 60-day IL on April 8, retroactive to April 7)
  • RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on February 17)
  • RHP Freddy Pacheco (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on March 27)
  • LHP Tarik Skubal (left elbow strain, 60-day IL on March 14)
  • RHP Spencer Turnbull (neck discomfort, 15-day IL on May 12, retroactive to May 7)
  • RHP Trey Wingenter (right biceps tendinitis, 15-day IL on April 22, retroactive to April 19

TONIGHT’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER – #43 Joey Wentz • 1-4, 7.45 ERA (38.2IP/32ER)

  • Wentz will make his 10th start of the season tonight vs. Chicago (AL).
  • Suffered the loss in his last start on Sunday at Washington, giving up six runs on 10 hits with no walks and a strikeout in 2.0 innings.
  • Will be making his first career appearance against the White Sox today…has made 10 starts in his career at Comerica Park, compiling a 0-3 record with a 5.79 ERA (42.0IP/27ER) and 36 strikeouts.
  • Struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed only one run on six hits in 5.2 innings on April 14 vs. San Francisco.
  • Saw his first Major League action in 2022, starting seven games and posting a 2-2 record with a 3.03 ERA (32.2IP/11ER) and 27 strikeouts… also appeared in 12 games, including 11 starts, with Triple A Toledo and went 2-2 with a 3.17 ERA (48.1IP/17ER) and 53 strikeouts.
  • Pitched in the Arizona Fall League following the 2022 season and made three starts for Salt River, throwing 12.0 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, four walks and 14 strikeouts.
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