April 18: Chicago White Sox versus Detroit Tigers

The White Sox are 7-9 on the season, while the Tigers are 8-8 in this American League Central match up.

Ivan Nova will be on the mound for the White Sox and Daniel Norris is scheduled to make his fourth appearance and first start of the year for the Tigers.

Comparing the teams statistically, the White Sox are in the middle of the pack in runs scored, scoring 69 in 15 games for an average of 4.6 per game.

The Tigers are last in the American League in scoring, crossing the plate just 40 times in 15 games, or 2.7 per game.

  Preventing runs has been another story for the White Sox, allowing an average of 6.2 per game, last in the American League.

The Tigers have remained competitive because they are allowing only 3.3 runs per game.

The White Sox offense is lead b Yoan Moncado, hitting .333 with five home runs and 16 RBI. Tim Anderson has a lofty .421 average and three home runs and 10 RBI.

Jose Abreu and Yoder Alonso also have belted three home runs. All told, the White Sox have knocked 22 balls out of the park this season.

The Tigers struggled have been more than evident. Veteran Miguel Cabrera is hitting .254 and has not hit a home run in 59 at-bats.

Christian Stewart leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (13), but is hitting only .216.

Gordon Beckham has added two home runs to a team that has only seven home runs for the season.

Daniel Morris has 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings so far and is pitching to an average ERA of 4.32.

The Tigers’ bull pen has been solid, lead by closer Shane Greene, who has saved all eight of the wins and has a 2.25 ERA over eight innings.

Joe Jimenez has four holds and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

For the White Sox, Ivan Nova enters with an 0-2 record and 5.2 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.

He hasn’t allowed a home run, however, and only three walks for the season.

Kelvin Herrera has been a bright spot out of the pen, allowing just three hits and an earned run in eight innings.

Alex Colome leads the White Sox in saves with four and a 2.25 ERA.

The Tigers should score more than their average going against a less than stellar White Sox pitching.

However, a four run output is probably the limit.

The White Sox probably also will be in the 4 run range against a generally tough Tiger staff.

The game cannot end in a tie and the most likely score will be a 5-4 or 4-3 game, so look for 7 to 9 runs in an average or slightly below average scoring contest.


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