Monday, September 17, 2012

Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox: Monday Preview

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox play each other for the final time on Monday, a game being made up due to a rain out on Thursday. The Tigers enter the game 2 games behind Chicago.

Doug Fister (9-8 3.49 ERA) will be pitching for the Tigers against Jose Quintana (6-4 3.52 ERA) of the White Sox.

The Tigers have had their struggles against left handed pitching this year, but Chicago, a mainly right handed hitting lineup will take on a very good right handed pitcher.

Douf Fister missed much of the first half of the season due to injury, but has only missed 1 start in the 2nd half, and has pitched well. Since the All-Star break, Fister is 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA.

Quintana, on the other hand, came out of no where and pitched well for the White Sox early on, but since the All-Star break, he is 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA. Perhaps he is getting tired? Maybe the league has figured him out?

These two pitchers both pitched last week in the Tigers/White Sox series, and both had success. In Fister's start he went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 batters. In Quintana's start, he went 7 and 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7 batters (and he was almost pulled in the 2nd inning).

The difference in this series may be the managers. While I'm not a fan of Jim Leyland, I must say Robin Ventura has been less than impressive lately. He seems determined to overmanage to the best of his ability, which includes making a ton of pitching changes, that generally don't make much sense.

My prediction: the Tigers pitch well and score just enough to win the game 4-2. Robin Ventura will find another way to overmanage and cost his team a win.

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