The White Sox (91-68) won their final road game of the season on Monday against the Tigers (76-83). The previous week’s matchups (September 20 and September 21), however, did not go as well, as Detroit went 2-0 against the White Sox with two close victories.
During that brief two-game series, Carlos Rodón was pulled during the first game after three innings after giving up three hits and having control issues. It was later reported he was experiencing arm soreness. The White Sox managed to tie the Tigers until the eighth inning when Harold Castro’s single broke the tie and giving Detroit the one-run lead.
Dallas Keuchel’s start didn’t go much better after he gave up two runs on 11 hits in five innings. The pitching wasn’t there for the bullpen, either, with Jace Fry giving up three runs on four hits in one and two-thirds innings of relief. The White Sox never quite caught up to the Tigers, and it looked like the postseason may be short with how lackluster things were going.
Facing Cleveland (78-81) was the shot in the arm the team needed, and they came back to Detroit for a make-up game that involved a whole lot of offense. Eloy Jiménez provided a two-run home run, and Yasmani Grandal also homered during the six-run fourth inning. Benches cleared after José Abreu, who had been hit by a pitch to end up on base, slid into second on a stolen base attempt that Niko Goodrum took umbrage with for some reason. Tony La Russa hinted that Abreu was intentionally hit, while the Tigers insisted that Abreu was leaning over the plate.
Dude is out here acting like statcast doesn’t have a whole ass website devoted to that kind of thing.— colleen is tipping her pitches (@colleensullivan) September 28, 2021
Left is Abreu
Right is Anthony Rizzo (who has lead in HBP in past seasons) who DOES crowd the plate. pic.twitter.com/GAlR1utePo
My favorite part of that graphic is that you can see an outline of Anthony Rizzo.
How’s it going?
The White Sox are currently riding a four-game winning streak, having swept the Reds out of town. Meanwhile, the Tigers are closing out their season on the road, dropping the first two against the Twins before winning the final game of that series. Casey Mize, one of the top prospects the Tigers had, finished his season with a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts after taking the loss on Wednesday.
The series was also highlighted by this pitch that was. a bit outside by Tyler Alexander:
On the road, the Tigers are 34-44 and against Central opponents, they’re 29-44. As a team, Detroit has posted an OBP of .306, led by Robbie Grossman (.351). Grossman also leads the Tigers with 23 home runs while posting a batting average of .236.
Friday will be Wily Peralta vs. Lance Lynn. Lynn is 10-6 this season, going 152 innings and posting a 2.72 ERA. He’s 0-3 in his last seven starts, lasting only 37 1⁄3 innings and posting a 4.82 ERA. Lynn has fared pretty well against the Tigers, going 3-2 in his last five starts over 29 1⁄3 innings with a 3.68 ERA.
Peralta is 4-4 over 87 2⁄3 innings with a 3.08 going into his final start of the season. He’s 1-2 in his last seven starts, posting a 2.50 ERA over 36 innings. He hasn’t faced the White Sox since 2015 when he was on the Brewers, earning a no-decision over six innings while allowing six hits and striking out four. He did give up one home run to Geovany Soto, of all people. Peralta throws four pitches consistently: 4-seam fastball, sinker, split, and slider.
Saturday is Matt Manning vs. Lucas Giolito. Giolito is 11-9 this season over 173 2⁄3 innings with a 3.58 ERA. In his last seven starts, he’s 2-1 over 36 2⁄3 innings with a 2.70 ERA. Against Detroit, he has struggled, posting a record of 0-3 over 30 1⁄3 innings in his last five starts against the Tigers with a 5.64 ERA.
Manning is 4-7 going into the final start of his debut season, having gone 80 1⁄3 innings with a 6.16 ERA. He is 1-2 in his last seven starts and 0-1 in the three times he’s faced the White Sox. Manning has five pitches in his arsenal: 4-seam fastball, sinker, slider, changeup, and curveball.
Sunday will be Tyler Alexander vs. Dylan Cease for the final game of the season. Cease is 13-7 over 161 2⁄3 innings with a 3.95 ERA. He is having the best season of his career (and the first full season of his career) despite some moments of shaky control. In his last seven starts, Cease is 4-1 over 37 innings with a 3.65 ERA. In his last five starts against Detroit, he’s 5-0 over 31 1⁄3 innings, posting a 1.44 ERA.
Alexander is 2-4 this season with 100 1⁄3 innings and a 3.95 ERA. In his last seven starts, he’s 0-3 with a 3.19 ERA over 36 2⁄3 innings. In his five starts against the White Sox, he’s 0-3 with a 6.45 ERA over 22 1⁄3 innings. Alexander relies on five pitches: cutter, sinker, changeup, 4-seam fastball, and slider.
Why we still hate them
They came after our Captain.— Major BS ⚾️ (@BenChiTownKid98) September 30, 2021
Because they blew two World Series chances so Justin Verlander's ring is forever tainted. Also, Robert Fick is a cheap-shot artist. https://t.co/9RFG4M6FFx— Chris Pennant (The Black Sydney Carton) (@kwandarykitten) September 30, 2021
I remember some morons saying the 2004 Tigers would be playoff contenders and i said they’d improve by 25-30 games and be a 70-win team. I was right but I didn’t see those morons as much in late 2004 as I did in the ‘03-‘04 offseason so i never got to gloat.— Pinned tweet = TX abortion funds (@rahulastrohl) September 30, 2021
They aren’t even the best Los Tigres Del Norte. pic.twitter.com/PG6Rulj60O— WhiteSoxTwitt3r (@SoxTwitt3r) September 30, 2021
When they moved in the LF fence they made the entire park look off center and that has annoyed me for years. pic.twitter.com/Y5POXyFwPD— uosɯoɥʇ uᴉʌǝʞ ™️ (@kthomson99) September 30, 2021
They’re going to sign Correa next, and I won’t like it.— Major BS ⚾️ (@BenChiTownKid98) September 30, 2021
Hitting Jose, stupid tiger cubs— Extremely Spooky Southside Eric (@DyeMasterDiscs) September 30, 2021
They came after our King pic.twitter.com/ecYL8u8eLQ— Tripple Away From The Cycle (@danielrtripp) September 30, 2021
I’ve never forgiven them for Brandon Inge’s facial hair. pic.twitter.com/CSPYU6CgQa— jac-BOO-line (@zombie_jacki) September 30, 2021
Fwiw, as a fellow content maker, I really love this series of blog.— BeefLoaf (@MrDelicious13) September 30, 2021
We hate the Tigers because they boo'd @chorizy @Biguns13 and myself for standing during a #WhiteSox rally even though we dressed as the Flint Tropics pic.twitter.com/jYxsA5ojAi