Casey Mize (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Lucas Giolito (4-2, 3.29 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox will meet at Guaranteed Rate Field for a three-game series in the American League Central. It’s an important series for both teams, including the Tigers who have a puncher’s chance of getting into the postseason. They wouldn’t have a chance at all if this were a full season, but thanks to Major League Baseball, the Tigers and several other teams are being thrown a flotation device to get to October.
The Yankees are the final wildcard in the American League with a record of 22-21. Meanwhile the Tigers are behind the Orioles and Yankees for the final spot with a mark of 20-23. Despite getting trashed by the Milwaukee Brewers, 19-0, on Wednesday, the Tigers are alive in this race. If they do actually get in, then it’s unlikely they do much damage, though. Having said that, it would be a very important learning experience for the young Tigers, especially their pitching staff.
That would help out moving forward for the Tigers, as they try to move from a rebuilding phase to competing in the AL Central phase. They’re not quite at that level yet, but I’d say that the Tigers are heading in the right direction. There is likely going to be four very good teams in the division in a couple of years. The AL Central is one of the most competitive divisions, and it should get even more competitive in the coming years.
White Sox fans don’t have to wait for their team to be competitive. The White Sox lead the AL Central with a record of 27-16. They’re a game up on the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. Anything can happen between now and the end of the regular season in this division. It should be entertaining to say the least.
The Tigers hope that Casey Mize is going to be causing a lot of headaches for hitters in the AL Central in the near future. Mize hasn’t gotten off to a smooth start in the majors, but the potential is there for a big career. Mize gets the nod for the Tigers, while Lucas Giolito is expected for the White Sox. Head below for our free Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox pick for September 11, 2020.
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A lot is expected out of the No. 1 pitcher in the Tigers’ pipeline. There’s been hype surrounding Casey Mize since the Tigers drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft. Expectations are there and expectations are high on Mize. Justin Verlander wasn’t great in his first season in the majors, so I wouldn’t be quick to write Mize off based on what we’ve seen thus far.
That said, Mize certainly hasn’t looked comfortable on the bump. He goes into Chicago with an ERA of 6.75 and 1.70 WHIP through four games and 14.2 innings of work. In three out of four starts in the major leagues, Mize has conceded at least 3 earned runs and hasn’t made it past 4.1 innings.
Mize is going to make out fine, I’m confident in that, but sometimes it takes the young guys a season or two to reach their full potential. Some are quick out of the gate, and others just don’t have their stroke working yet. Mize made his major league debut against the White Sox on August 19 and was fanning them with ease.
He ended the contest with seven strikeouts. However, his command was not working, and the White Sox tagged Mize for 7 hits and 4 earned runs through 4.1 innings. That’s the longest that Mize has lasted on the bump in his rookie campaign so far. Lucas Giolito is likely going to make Mize be a much better pitcher tonight.
Giolito has a no-hitter on his resume this season, and has been efficient with an ERA of 3.29 and 0.99 WHIP. He was strong as ever in his most recent outing against the Tigers, as Giolito frustrated the Tigers with only 3 hits and no earned runs conceded through 7 innings.
Only four Tigers’ batters reached base with Giolito on the bump. After a double-header yesterday, I don’t think the Tigers are going to be interested in travelling to Chicago to play Giolito on Friday. I’d consider taking a look at the White Sox against the visiting Tigers in this spot.