The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers just want this season to end right about now. Especially the Tigers, who had some high hopes and a high payroll entering the 2015 season. You figure the talent that was on this roster entering the year, one had to figure they were at least going to make a wildcard spot. After all, they had a lineup featuring Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Yoenis Cespedes. JD Martinez is also having a big year. The pitching staff featured David Price and Justin Verlander. Sounds like a start studded lineup on paper, and telling by the amount of money spent on these players, there would be more output from the Tigers. However, what ended up happening is the exact opposite, resulting in the team being blown up at the trade deadline. Price was sent to the Blue Jays and Cespedes to the Mets. Both players helped their new teams out right away. Cespedes provided the bat the Mets were desperately needing, and then Price gave the Jays the ace they were looking for. The Tigers? Well, they dumped a lot of salary. That was about the only positive for the Tigers. They threw up the white flag and signaled they were done with 2015.
The Tigers completed cleaning house by firing GM Dave Dombrowski. He was responsible for putting together a good Tigers team and making them relevant for the last decade. Dombrowski was signed by the Red Sox a few weeks following his departure from Detroit. Now there are pretty lively rumors that manager Brad Ausmus is out after this season. Hiring a rookie manager for this team was a mistake in itself. They needed a proven winner to bring them a World Series, not an experiment project. The Chicago White Sox are trying to get on the right track, they’ve been doing that for the past several years. Chris Sale has been a wasted talent, as he has been the only pitcher worth talking about in their rotation. Parlay it with their inconsistency at the plate, and it results in a 70-78 season. Believe it or not, that tops the Tigers by a game. The Tigers just got rolled over last night by the Kansas City Royals, 10-3. They look to be better in a doubleheader, this being the second matchup of the day.
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
Erik Johnson (2-0, 3.71 ERA) vs. Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.48 ERA)
The Tigers response to losing David Price was by adding Randy Wolf. The point of getting rid of Price was to dump money, so it wasn’t the biggest surprise. Wolf is just a roster stuffer for now. He doesn’t have much future with the Tigers, and after the way he’s been pitching for them here in this stretch, he may not have a contract next season with any team. Going from David Price to Randy Wolf is like going from a Ferrari to a Ford Escort. Eventually the Ford Escort is going to be put out of its misery and retired from the road. Wolf owns a 6.48 ERA this season and has been particularly dreadful of late, posting a 11.45 ERA in his last three starts. In his last three seasons, he hasn’t kept his ERA below 5.00. His last time below 5.00 was in 2011.
The Tigers are hitting at a .269 average, so they are swinging the bats well. A lot of the blame goes on their bullpen for having such a poor season. Additionally, manager Brad Ausmus has made some head scratching decisions in-game. Erik Johnson takes the mound for the White Sox, where he has been decent with a 3.71 ERA. He allowed only 2 runs against the Tigers last time out, but note they did manage to get 9 hits on him in just 6 innings. Thus, the Tigers left a lot of runs out there on the bases. Johnson has been worse on the road with a 4.50 ERA. I foresee Randy Wolf having a tough outing tonight, it looks like he has checked out on his career. I also foresee some runs, so the OVER 9 looks like a good bet.
PICK: OVER 9 RUNS (-110)