The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox played late into the night last night, a 3-3 game in the 10th delayed by rain. This was the third delay in the baseball game, turning it into a marathon. At the moment it’s past 12AM eastern time and the rain is still coming down hard. The Tigers and White Sox have to of course come out and play on Sunday for an early 2:10 start. We’ll see how these teams handle the fatigue, after hanging around at the ballpark for several hours the night before. No that isn’t players looking a bit hungover today, it’s just from a lack of sleep. Nevertheless, we all know these guy aren’t all tucked into bed by midnight after a game. Yeah, right.
With the Indians loss today to the Baltimore Orioles, the Tigers have the ability to pull within 5 games of the Indians. A loss would leave them stagnant, and stuck 6 games back. The Royals were unable to do any catching up, as they fell to the Texas Rangers, while we cashed a ticket in the same instance. The Rangers needed that one badly to break out of their funk. Kansas City on the other hand needs to find a rhythm, too.
This might turn into a race between the Indians and Tigers if they don’t pick it up in August. With respects to the White Sox, doesn’t it feel so long ago that they were on top of the division? The White Sox were looking like the shocker in the AL Central, instead of the Indians. How times change, don’t they? The Tribe are in firm control now, with the White Sox completely out of the picture. Is there another twist in store for us in the next couple of months? Stay tuned, as nothing is settled yet. *Note that last night’s game has been suspended until today, this game will follow.
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (8-8, 3.13 ERA)
Anibal Sanchez finally found a glimmer of hope in his last start. The Tigers were desperately hoping to get just an adequate start out of him, but low and behold, Sanchez did more than that. Sanchez pitched a strong 6 innings, allowing 3 runs and 10 strikeouts. It isn’t spectacular, but it’s a positive improvement from where he was. Sanchez allowed 12 runs in the prior two games before he pitched well against the Twins. It all went for nothing though, as the Twins won the contest by a score of 6-2. However, note that Sanchez still owns a sky high ERA of 9.42, with a 1.95 WHIP in his last three games. That nice start was at home as well, on the road he’s pitched for a 7.55 ERA and 1.74 WHIP.
Sanchez matches up with Jose Quintana this afternoon, a guy who has been the second option to Chris Sale in the rotation. It is a bit discouraging for the White Sox that Sale and Quintana aren’t going to be rewarded for their solid work this season with a spot in the postseason. Sale had a bizarre incident last night, exploding into a tirade over the throwback uniforms the White Sox were wearing for the game. He was sent home in a game he was scheduled to start. Sale and Quintana were both honored at the All-Star Game. An appearance for Quintana where he held the National League scoreless. He enters the afternoon with an ERA of 3.13, including a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts. Although, Quintana hasn’t exactly looked great against the Tigers, getting hit of 5 runs in his last start against them, and a 4.32 ERA overall. It seems to me that Sanchez will predictably fall apart following the 3rd inning or so. This should be a close game, albeit a high-scoring one that pushes it OVER the total.
PICK: OVER 9 RUNS (-110)