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Reynaldo López looks to build on his early success against the Tigers

Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox
Diamonds in the rough: Though Reynaldo López has struggled overall this season, he has had two of his best starts against the Tigers.
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This nine-game homestand started off on a high note, with the White Sox (39-42) taking two out of three from the Twins (53-30). Tonight, the White Sox will face a less talented group in the Tigers (27-52).

Reynaldo López will take the mound for the White Sox. In his last start, he did just enough for a quality start against the Red Sox in Fenway. He allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings in what turned out to be an 8-7 victory. López has had a rough year, as he takes a 6.12 ERA, 5.86 FIP, and 5.68 xFIP into tonight’s game. One silver lining is that his best start of the season was against Detroit back on April 28. In that game, he allowed only one run (it was unearned) and struck out 14 in six innings. His second highest strikeout total this season is eight. His opponent that game? The Tigers (he also struck out eight Royals on June 9).

López will be facing off against Matthew Boyd, who enters with a 3.72 ERA, 3.58 FIP, and 3.52 xFIP. The 28-year-old starting pitcher is the most valuable player on the Tigers, according to Fangraphs, as he is worth 2.6 fWAR. Boyd has already pitched once against the White Sox this season, and he had a solid start. In that game, he allowed only two runs in six innings while striking out nine.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

In minor league news, Nick Madrigal, Steele Walker, and Kade McClure earned some much-deserved recognition for their performances in June.

Congratulations to these three players.

Tonight’s game will start at 7:10 CST, it will be televised on WGN, and WGN 720 will have the radio coverage.