Thanks to a 6-run 8th inning from the Chicago White Sox, the visitors erased a 3-run deficit to take the lead and steal one at Comerica Friday night. The Tigers’ bullpen has had issues all season long and it was no different last night. If we go back ten years ago the Tigers were having bullpen issues then, too. They were playing in the World Series and they still a bullpen that was setting them back.
The difference is now that everything else is below average as well. This is a rebuilding process for the Tigers, so you can’t criticize them, say like, the Washington Nationals. The Nationals should be a winning team preparing for the postseason at the moment. The Tigers on the other hand are right where they were projected to be in the American League Central.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 53-76 while the White Sox went to 49-79. Both are in the dumpster fire of the AL Central, but there really is only one team who are above water. The Cleveland Indians have been in complete control from the beginning of the season and will be in control to the end of the season. They’ve had to face no adversity playing in this division.
The next closest team are the Minnesota Twins at 61-67. Minnesota is another team that were expected to make moves in 2018 but have just been a disappointment. They will whiff on the postseason after falling to the Yankees as a wildcard last season. This matchup on Saturday in Detroit is a game for sports bettors. Nothing is on the line with the White Sox and Tigers in the basement. Get our free White Sox vs. Tigers pick below.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Lucas Giolito (9-9, 6.08 ERA) vs. Ryan Carpenter (1-1, 6.00 ERA)
Ryan Carpenter is getting his feet wet in the big leagues with the Tigers. The Tigers want to see what they have with Carpenter. There might be a spot or two up for grabs in the rotation next season. Carpenter wasn’t having the best year in Triple-A ball before making the hop to the next level, so he really has to shine when he has the chance. He owns a 5.30 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in Toledo this season, which could of course be better. Carpenter has basically stayed the course in the major leagues. He’s posted an ERA of 6.00 with a 1.56 WHIP and .357 OBA, slightly worse than his numbers in the minors. The lefty has logged an ERA of 6.39 and 1.58 WHIP at Comerica Park.
Lucas Giolito has had similar numbers, which is his third season in the major leagues. He’s had time to get accustomed but after looking good with a 2.38 ERA in 2017, Giolito has regressed quite a bit this year. He enters Saturday with an ERA of 6.08 and 6.88 ERA in his previous three contests. The Yankees nailed him for 7 runs and then he allowed 3 runs against the Tigers and Twins, both coming on the road. The Tigers got to Giolito early, with 3 early runs in the 1st inning but he settled down and escaped trouble. The bullpens are even in this matchup as well, with the Tigers in 23rd with a 4.47 ERA and the White Sox in 24th with a 4.55 ERA. This one likely finds a way to go OVER the total on Saturday in Detroit.