If you read your Six Pack of Stats from yesterday, you’re aware of a strange little gamelog factoid that mirrors the way this season has gone for the White Sox: Chicago started the year 1-9 vs. Detroit, including that hideous home opening weekend sweep, and is now 6-1 against the Tigers since August 14.
Tonight, the resurgent Lucas Giolito mans the mound for the White Sox. José Rondón gets the start at third in place of Yolmer Sánchez, in what may be a preview of a spring training 2019 battle to come. For some reason, Welington Castillo is getting priority reps since his return from ignominy, slotting in as DH, third in the order.
Ryan Cordell gets his first major league start, batting ninth. Perhaps later in the game José Ruiz, who is apparently the final call-up from the Charlotte Knights, will make his AL and White Sox debut (Ruiz pitched one inning for the San Diego Padres, last year).
On the Detroit side, old friend Francisco Liriano takes the bump.