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MLB Preview: Detroit Tigers (26-28) at Chicago White Sox (23-35)

DETROIT TIGERS NOTES:

TIGERS SALVAGE SERIES FINALE AGAINST TEXAS: The Tigers closed out their series against the Rangers with a 3-2 win on Wednesday. Jake Marisnick had two hits and drove in a run in his Tigers debut, while Tyler Nevin and Spencer Torkelson each added two hits. Javier Báez added a double and a RBI. On the mound, Joey Wentz started for Detroit, giving up one run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Will Vest picked up the win, throwing 1.2 innings of perfect relief with one strikeout. Alex Lange pitched a scoreless ninth with one walk and two strikeouts for his 10th save.

ROSTER MOVES: The Tigers have announced the following roster moves:
*Following Wednesday’s game, optioned RHP Braden Bristo to Triple A Toledo

*Recalled RHP Reese Olson from Triple A Toledo

LOOKING BACK AT MAY: The Tigers finished the month of May with a 16-11 record, the team’s first winning month since September, 2021. Detroit’s .593 winning percentage in May was the club’s best in a month of at least 10 games since going 16-10 (.615) in July, 2016. The Tigers 16-11 record in May was the fifth-best record in the American League and seventh-best mark in the Majors.

LOCKDOWN LANGE: Alex Lange struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday to earn his 10th save of the season, which ranks eighth in the American League. Lange has not allowed a run in 18 of his last 19 outings, posting a 0.46 ERA (19.2IP/1ER) and 32 strikeouts in that span.
Among AL relievers with at least 20.0 innings pitched, Lange ranks second in opponent batting average (.130), tied for third in ERA (1.16), fifth in FIP (1.91) and tied for 10th in WHIP (0.90).

ANOTHER ONE-RUN WIN: The Tigers improved to 10-4 in one-run games this season with Wednesday’s 3-2 win. Detroit’s .714 winning percentage in one-run games is the third-best mark among big league teams.

TIGERS AND WHITE SOX: The Tigers and White Sox resume their series tonight in Chicago. The two teams played last weekend with Detroit winning three-of-four games. The White Sox went 12-7 against the Tigers last season, but the two sides split 10 meetings at Guaranteed Rate Field.

AGAINST THE AL CENTRAL: The Tigers continue divisional play tonight against the White Sox. Detroit is 9-4 against American League Central teams so far this season, winning all four of its series against divisional opponents. 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.

ON THE ROAD: The Tigers tonight begin a six-game road trip, which includes three games at Chicago (AL) (June 2-4) and three games at Philadelphia (June 5-7). Detroit is 12-15 on the road this season, but has won four of its last five road series. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .225/.299/.346 away from Comerica Park, while the pitching staff has a 4.44 ERA (235.0IP/116ER).

INJURY REHAB UPDATE: Kerry Carpenter continued an injury rehab assignment with Triple A Toledo last night, starting at designated hitter and going 1×5. Carpenter has been sidelined since April 29 with a right shoulder sprain.

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)
  • OF Riley Greene (left fibula stress reaction, 10-day IL on May 31)
  • 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 Eduardo Rodriguez (left index finger pulley rupture, 15-day IL on May 30, retroactive to May 29)
  • 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)
  • OF Matt Vierling (low back soreness, 10-day IL on May 30, retroactive to May 29)
  • RHP Trey Wingenter (right biceps tendinitis, 60-day IL on April 22, retroactive to April 19)

TONIGHT’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER

45 Reese Olson • No Record (2-3, 6.38 ERA (36.2IP/26ER) at Triple A)

  • Olson will make his Major League debut tonight in the series opener at Chicago (AL).
  • Did not factor into the decision in his most recent start for Triple A Toledo last Friday vs. Rochester, allowing a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in 5.0 innings…has allowed one run-or-less in each of his last three starts for Toledo, compiling a 1.26 ERA (14.1IP/2ER) and 22 strikeouts in that stretch.
  • Has started 10 games for the Mud Hens this season, posting a 2-3 record with a 6.38 ERA (36.2IP/26ER) and 47 strikeouts.
  • Spent the entire 2022 season with Double A Erie, going 8-6 with a 4.14 ERA (119.2IP/55ER) and 168 strikeouts, which set an Erie single-season record.
  • Was originally drafted by Milwaukee in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of North Hall High School in Gainesville, GA…was acquired by the Tigers from the Brewers on July 30, 2021 in exchange for Daniel Norris

CHICAGO WHITE SOX NOTES:

WHITE SOX AT A GLANCE
The Chicago White Sox have lost fi ve of the last seven games but won 10 of 18 and 16 of 30 as they continue a six-game, seven-day homestand tonight with the series opener vs. Detroit.  RHP Mike Clevinger, who has reinstated from the 15-day injured list earlier today, is scheduled to start tonight’s game.

The White Sox opened the trip losing two of three to the Angels, including a 12-5 defeat in Wednesday’s decisive game.

Following this weekend’s series vs. the Tigers and Monday’s off day, the White Sox will take a brief three-game trip to Yankee Stadium from 6/6-8 before returning to Guaranteed Rate Field for a three-game series from 6/9-11 vs. Miami.

The White Sox are in fourth place in the AL Central, 5.0 games behind second-place Detroit and 7.5 behind first-place Minnesota.

The Sox went 3-4 on their last trip from 5/22-28 at Cleveland (2-1) and Detroit (1-3) and 6-3 on their last homestand from 5/12-21 vs. Houston (1-2), the Guardians (2-1) and Kansas City (3-0).

TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
The White Sox are 16-14 in the last 30 games since 4/30 following a 7-21 start … Sox pitchers own a 3.51 ERA (69 ER/177.0 IP) in 20 games since 5/11, the fourth-best mark in MLB.

Chicago starters own a 3.85 ERA (46 ER/107.2 IP) and .218 average with 104 strikeouts in the last 20 games (11 QS).

The Sox are hitting .234/.279/.368 with just 10 homers and 61 runs scored (4.4 R/G) over the last 14 games.

The White Sox are 12-8 vs. Detroit at Guaranteed Rate Field since the start of the 2021 season … they have outscored the Tigers by an 87-63 margin in over the 20 games.

Mike Clevinger is 8-1 with a 1.19 ERA (9 ER/68.1 IP), .191 (47-246) opp. average, .516 OPS, 0.98 WHIP and 74 strikeouts (9.75 per 9.0 IP) in his last 11 starts (nine QS) vs. Detroit.

Eloy Jiménez is 19-48 (.396) with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and four multi-hit eff orts during his 12-game hitting streak.

ROSTER MOVES
The Sox reinstated RHP Mike Clevinger from the 15-day IL, returned INF Elvis Andrus from his rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte and reinstated him from the IL, DFA INF Hanser Alberto and optioned RHP Jesse Scholtens.

Clevinger was placed on the IL on 5/18 with right wrist inflammation, and Andrus on 5/13 with a left oblique strain.

WEDNESDAY’S RECAP
The Angels hit fi ve home runs, including three off Lance Lynn, en route to a 12-5 win in the decisive game of the series.

The Angels scored two runs in the fi rst, fourth, seventh and ninth and added four runs in the third … Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani accounted for three of the fi ve homers.

Lynn fell to 4-6 after allowing eight runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.0 IP … Jesse Scholtens worked 4.0 IP in relief and allowed two runs on two hits.

Eloy Jiménez extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Jake Burger hit a solo home run in the ninth.

The Sox went 2-9 with RISP and left 10 runners on base.

TIGER TAMER
Mike Clevinger is 8-2 with a 1.74 ERA (14 ER/74.1 IP), .209 (55-263) opp. average, .572 OPS, 1.09 WHIP and 77 strikeouts (9.58 per 9.0 IP) in 13 career games (12 GS/nine QS) vs. Detroit.

His 1.74 ERA is the lowest among active pitchers vs. the Tigers (min. 70.0 IP) … teammate Dylan Cease ranks second (2.09).

Clevinger has allowed two earned runs or less in 11 starts, one or less eight times and zero earned runs in fi ve … he is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA (3 ER/33.0 IP) and 0.91 WHIP in his last five outings.

ELOY’S GONE STREAKING
Eloy Jiménez is 19-48 (.396) with three doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and four multi-hit eff orts during his 12-game hitting streak.

The streak is the third-longest of his career (13 twice; last 2021), third-longest active in the AL and fifth-longest active in MLB.

The last White Sox with a 12-game hitting streak was Jose Abreu from 8/27-9/8/22 (also 12) … Luis Robert Jr. owned a 13-game hitting streak from 7/12-2-8/24/22.

ANDREW, ANDREW … HE’S OUR MAN!
Andrew Vaughn is slashing .391/.455/.891 (18-46) with nine doubles, four homers and 34 RBI with RISP and .500/.619/1.063 (8-16) with a homer and 12 RBI with RISP/two outs in 2023.

Vaughn ranks among MLB RISP leaders in slugging pct. (1st, .891), OPS (4th, 1.346), RBI (T5th, 34), and average (11th, .391).

Vaughn is tied for second in MLB with seven GW RBI, trailing Aaron Judge (nine), and tied for third with 13 go-ahead RB.

WHITE SOX VS. DETROIT TIGERS
The Tigers won three of four in the first meeting from 5/25-28 in Detroit… following this weekend series, the White Sox and Tigers do not play again until 9/1-3 in Chicago and 9/8-10 in Detroit.

The White Sox are hitting .234/.273/.376 with three home runs, own a 5.19 ERA (20 ER/34.2 IP) with one quality start and have been outscored by a 23-22 margin this season.

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 46-24 since the start of the 2019 season and 34-15 since the start of the 2020 season vs. the Tigers.

CENTRAL DIVISION DYNAMICS
Chicago is 12-11 vs. the American League Central, including a 7-2 mark at home … the White Sox have won all five of the last six home games and won all three series in Chicago.

Following this series vs. Detroit, the Sox will not play an AL Central club until after the All-Star break (7/21-23 at Minnesota).

The White Sox went 37-39 in 2022 and 69-47 from 2020-21.

ROTATION SENSATION
White Sox starters own a 3.85 ERA (46 ER/107.2 IP), .218 opponents average and 104 strikeouts over the last 20 games since 5/11 … they rank second in MLB in average and OPS (.691).

Starters have allowed three runs or less 14 times, two or less 10 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
9-6 3.85 1.18 11 107.2 86 50 46 15 46 104 8.7 .218 .691

POSTING PUNCHOUTS
White Sox pitchers rank third in the major leagues with 535 strikeouts in 2023, trailing Minnesota (543) and Houston (551).

Sox starters rank second in MLB with 326 SO, 23 behind the Twins (349) … relievers rank seventh in the AL (209 SO).

LONGBALL LOGISTICS
The White Sox have hit 34 homers in their last 30 games since 4/30 and 37 in the last 33 contests (10 multi-homer) since 4/27

Chicago is 18-21 when homering, 7-8 when hitting multiple homers and 5-14 when going homerless this season.

SOUTHPAW SUCCESS
Chicago is hitting .321/.374/.526 in the last 21 games vs. LHP.

The White Sox are batting .273/.339/.444 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 and OPS (.783) and fi fth in slugging percentage.

Tim Anderson (.350) and Hanser Alberto (.344) rank 1-2 in MLB in average vs. left-handers since the start of 2019.

SEARCHING FOR HOME˨FIELD ADVANTAGE
The White Sox are 13-15 (.464) at home this season, the 12th-best winning percentage in the American League, after going 37-44 (.457) in 2022 … by comparison, the Sox were 53-28 (.654) at home in 2021, the best record in the AL.

Through 28 home games this season, the White Sox have been outscored, 156-124, and outhomered, 49-31.

Jake Burger (10), Luis Robert Jr. (seven) and Andrew Vaughn (five) have combined to hit 22 of the Sox 31 home runs.

AS TA GOES, SO GO THE WHITE SOX
Since the start of the 2020, the Sox are 163-125 when Tim Anderson is in the starting lineup (69-85 when he doesn’t start).

During that span, the Sox are 132-82 when Anderson records a hit, 76-33 when he records a multi-hit eff ort, 97-49 when he scores a run and 27-3 when he homers.

Anderson ranks second in MLB since the start of 2019 with 55 three-hit games (Sox are 38-17), trailing Freddie Freeman (62).

Anderson needs three homers to become the fourth player in White Sox history to record 100 homers and 100 stolen bases.

STARTER – #52 MIKE CLEVINGER RHP
CLEVINGER AT A GLANCE
Is scheduled to make his 10th start of the season, fifth at home and first vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Was reinstated from the 15-day IL prior to tonight’s game … missed to starts after being placed on the IL with right wrist inflammation on 5/21.

Has limited opponents to three or less runs in six of his first nine starts with two scoreless starts.

Has surrendered seven home runs across his last five starts after allowing no home runs over his first three.

Agreed to terms with Chicago on a one-year, $12-million deal in December (includes a mutual option for 2024).

Has appeared in just 39 games (38 starts) since the start of the 2020 season … missed the entire 2021 season to continue his recovery from his second Tommy Johnsurgery … also underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

Was originally drafted by the Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 MLB Draft … was traded to Cleveland in August 2014 … made 101 major-league appearances (88 starts) with Cleveland from 2016-20 … was traded to San Diego in August 2020, appearing in just 27 games (16 starts) with Padres from 2020-22.

LAST START
Earned his third win of the year on 5/17 vs. Cleveland, allowing two runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts over 6.0 IP.

Marked his third quality start and first win since 4/8 at Pittsburgh … snapped a five-game streak of allowing at least one home run.

Departed the game in the seventh with the White Sox leading, 7-2, the eventual final score.

Owned a 67.9 first-strike percentage and 10.5 swinging-strike percentage (10 swing and misses) vs. 28 batters … threw 95 pitches (58 strikes) with the following pitch breakdown: 51 four-seam fastballs (93.1 mph avg; 95.8 mph max), 16 cutters (83.9 avg; 85.9 max), 14 sliders (78.1 avg; 80.6 max) 12 changeups (85.9 avg; 87.5 max) and two curveballs (73.8 avg; 75.0 max)

TAKE ME HOME
Is 4-3 with a 2.59 ERA (16 ER/55.2 IP) with 17 walks and 47 strikeouts across his last 10 starts at home.

Is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA (7 ER/20.0 IP), 11 walks and 19 strikeouts in four starts at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2023 … holds a career 3-2 record with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP) in eight starts (four quality starts) at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Owns a 26-12 record, 2.94 ERA (116 ER/355.2 IP), .222 (292-1317) opponents average and 388 strikeouts over 69 career appearances (61 starts) at home.

His 2.94 career ERA at home ranks 13th among active pitchers (min. 350.0 IP).

START STRONG
Is limiting opponents to a .212 (14-66) batting average across the first two innings this season … is holding opponents to a .211 (15-71) average with 19 strikeouts the first time through the lineup.

Posted a 2.04 ERA (10 ER/44.0 IP) and .173 (27-156) opponents average across the first two innings in 2022, compared to a 5.76 ERA (45 ER/70.1 IP) and .267 (75- 281) mark from the third-seventh.

Limited opponents to a .196 (37-189) average the first time through the lineup in 2022, compared to a .244 (43-176) mark the second time through the lineup and a .306 (22-72) average the third time through the order.

BEND DON’T BREAK
Is limiting opponents to a .198 (17-86) average with runners on base, .176 (9-51) average with RISP and .091 (2-22) average with RISP/two outs this season.

His opponents average with RISP/two outs is the second-lowest in MLB (min. 25 PA), his opponent average with RISP is fifth-lowest (min. 60 PA) and opponent average with runners on is sixth-lowest min. 100 PA).

VS. DETROIT TIGERS || A.L. CENTRAL
Will make his 13th career start (14th appearance) against the Detroit Tigers and first at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Is 8-2 with a 1.74 ERA (14 ER/72.1 IP), limiting the Tigers to a .209 (55-263) batting average with 24 walks and 77 strikeouts.

Last faced Detroit on 7/26/22 at Detroit with San Diego … did not factor in the decision after allowed two runs on six hits (one home run) with one walk and five strikeouts over 7.0 IP in the Padres 6-4 win.

Owns a 4-0 record with a 0.82 ERA (3 ER/33.0 IP) across his last five starts against Detroit with five quality starts, holding the Tigers scoreless in three of those starts.

Is 27-9 with a 2.38 ERA (84 ER/317.0 IP), 102 walks and 338 strikeouts in 58 career outings (51 starts/34 quality) against the American League Central … his 2.38 ERA is the best against the AL Central among active pitchers (min. 200 IP).

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