Another familiar showing for the Detroit Tigers last night, as they sucked on another loss Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians. The Indians got the sweep with a 7-0 shutout over the Tigers. Mike Clevinger was in postseason form, as he fooled the Tigers for 6 strong innings of work.
The Indians are in a fight to get into the postseason, while the only thing the Tigers are going to be fighting for is a spot on the beach during their upcoming vacations. The Tigers are going to be dead last when the regular season comes to a conclusion soon. That gets them the first overall pick in the draft, though, as they’ve an opportunity to stockpile some more prospects for the future.
The White Sox are not focused on the rest of this season, either. In fact, they’ve already pulled the plug on Lucas Giolito, as he will sit out the rest of the season on the bench. The White Sox are not going to risk injuring their ace over some meaningless games down the stretch.
The only meaning in these games are for gamblers and prospects who are looking to impress management. A good showing now might result in a spot on the Opening Day roster in 2020. As far as Jordan Zimmermann is concerned, all the Tigers can do is count down the days until his contract has expired.
Zimmermann could break an embarrassing record for the Tigers. No pitcher since 1908 has won less than two games with at least 20 starts in a season. And no, the pitchers back then weren’t making anything close to Zimmermann’s $100 million.
Zimmermann was acquired to be a strong option to replace Max Scherzer, though he’s been a massive bust. Zimmermann is scheduled to get the nod with a chance for win No. 2 on Friday night. Rookie, Dylan Cease, is expected to counter for the White Sox. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Tigers pick.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick:
Betting odds provided by bovada.lv
Jordan Zimmermann can’t do anything but try and keep his head up and charge forward. He has to be aware of the possibility of setting this dubious record and going into the record books as one of the worst Tigers’ pitchers in their history.
What makes him one of the worst is the amount of money he’s getting paid to do this. If Zimmermann were making a half a million and his role on the team was known as a filler for the rotation, then an ERA of 6.32 and record of 1-11 wouldn’t be as terrible. Terrible but not so embarrassing.
Zimmermann will go into Friday with an ERA of 6.32 and 1.44 WHIP in 104 innings of work. It’s a pretty big sample size of terrible for him. He’s been just about as bad recently, with a 6.75 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in his most recent three outings. Don’t expect much to change against the White Sox here. Zimmermann hasn’t stood out against the White Sox in his career.
The Sox are hitting .291 with a .335 OBP in 148 at-bats. They’ve also recorded 21 runs during that stretch against Zimmermann. The White Sox have nights here and there where they hit the ball extremely well. Expect that to be one of those nights. Zimmermann has been worse at Comerica Park in 2019, with a 6.84 ERA and 1.74 WHIP as opposed to a 5.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the road.
I think Zimmermann winning tonight comes down to what kind of run support he’s going to get against Dylan Cease. Cease is no guarantee to have a sharp outing as well, so there should be plenty of opportunities for the Tigers to score. He goes into Friday with a 6.18 ERA and 1.58 WHIP.
Cease has a 5.51 ERA and 1.35 WHIP on the road, so slightly better than in Chicago, but still nothing impressive to speak of. The oddsmakers should have this total at 10 or 10.5 with Cease and Zimmermann on the bump. Look for double digits on the board to put this one OVER the total.