Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 351
Detroit0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 x 440
  W: D. Hutchison (2-1)   L: C. Kimbrel (2-2)   S: A. Lange (1)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, September 20, 2021
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 12,884

White Sox looking to regain dominance over Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

  1. The White Sox have won nine of their 13 games versus the Tigers this season, but Detroit won the last two games (July 3-4 at Comerica Park). The last time Detroit won three straight against Chicago in a single season was a five-game winning streak in 2018.
  2. Chicago won two of three against Texas this weekend, scoring 16 runs despite just two homers. The White Sox have outscored their opponents by 145 runs this season (738-593), but they have hit only one more home run than their foes (174-173).
  3. Jose Abreu has hit 30 or more home runs in a season for the White Sox four times, and he has hit 29 homers this year. The only other players with five or more 30-homer seasons for the White Sox are Frank Thomas (eight) and Paul Konerko (seven).
  4. Detroit split four games on the road against Tampa Bay. The Tigers own a 63-54 (.538) record since May 8, which is 12th best in MLB. Prior to May 8, the Tigers started the season with a 9-24 (.273) record, worst in MLB.
  5. Tigers' rookie Eric Haase homered Sunday, his 22nd of the year. That is the most home runs in a season by a rookie catcher since Wilin Rosario for the Rockies in 2012 (28 homers).
  6. Luis Robert is hitting .374 (52-for-139) with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 32 games since August 9, when he returned to action after a three-month stint on the injured list. Those 24 RBI are second on the team over that span behind Jose Abreu (30 RBI).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2021 thru 9/22/2021

The Chicago White Sox are nearing the finish line in their quest for a playoff berth, and now it looks like they will probably cross that line at the home of a division rival.

Following a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, the White Sox (85-64) have a magic number of four to clinch the American League Central Division title.

The next step in the quest to fulfill that magic number is the first game of a three-game series in Detroit Monday night.

The next eight games for the White Sox are at Detroit and Cleveland (5 games), so odds are good they'll get to celebrate in the visitor's clubhouse at one of those stadiums.

"Clinching is just really getting in," White Sox infielder Tim Anderson told the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when it really starts. But we just take it one day at a time, continue to try to get wins. We know we're going to clinch. We understand that. Not too far away from it. But we've got to continue to stay hungry heading toward October and I think that's when the real ball starts."

As for Monday, the White Sox will continue their season series against a Tigers team they have dominated.

Chicago is 18-5 against Detroit over the past two years, although there has been some recent trouble against the Tigers.

After going 9-1 against Detroit last year and winning the first nine of 11 games against the Tigers this year, Detroit took the last two games of a three-game series against the White Sox in July and are definitely a much-improved outfit from the team the White Sox spent last year and the first half of this year beating up on.

Since starting 9-24, Detroit is 63-54 since May and is hoping to catch Cleveland for second place in the division.

Detroit (72-78) enters 2 1/2 games behind Cleveland for second place.

The pitching matchup will be Carlos Rodon for the White Sox and rookie Matt Manning for the Tigers.

Rodon has established himself as an American League Cy Young candidate, coming in with a 12-5 record, a 2.38 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings pitched. He is 4-2 with a 5.28 ERA in eight meetings against the Tigers over his career, including 2-0 in two meetings this season.

The Tigers will counter with Manning, who comes in with a 4-6 record and a 5.75 ERA in 72 innings pitched.

Manning is coming off a terrific performance against Milwaukee last week, allowing two hits, one run and striking out six in six innings of work. He started against the White Sox once this season, giving up two runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings (6.75 ERA).

Detroit should also be fairly well-rested in its bullpen thanks to a clutch start from Wily Peralta at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Peralta tossed seven shutout innings in leading the Tigers to a 2-0 win and set the bullpen up for the White Sox series.

"He delivered," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. "He did an incredible job of getting seven scoreless. We needed it. We were thin in the bullpen and we needed him to go deep. It was against a good team."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2021