We’ve come to expect the offensive production in recent years, but one thing we haven’t been used to seeing from the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers is a pitching staff that compliments the offensive output. Entering their three game series against the 3-5 White Sox, the 8-1 Tigers are posting a Major League best 1.91 ERA, and have already posted four shutouts.
After starting the season 0-4, the White Sox have turned things around some, winning three of their last four. But, unfortunately for the White Sox, the Tigers know how to score runs, and score a lot them. The Tigers come into the series averaging six runs per game, and unfortunately for the White Sox pitching staff, Chicago’s team ERA is 4.63.
The key to the White Sox winning this series is scoring runs. There are three starting pitchers in the American League who have yet to give up an earned run this season, and the White Sox are about to face two of them this weekend in David Price and Shane Greene. Talk about a monumental task.
Friday: Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 6.23 ERA) vs David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday: Hector Noesi (0-1, 3.86 ERA) vs Shane Greene (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
I look for the Tigers offensive production to continue to flourish this weekend at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, and for the pitching staff to continue to put zeroes on the scoreboard and impress. Look for the Tigers to continue their outstanding start to the 2015 season, sweep the White Sox, and welcome the Yankees with an 11-1 record next week.