The Chicago White Sox enter Detroit for their second meeting in 2017.* Rain played a big factor in their first meeting allowing only 2 of 3 games to be played.* They split that first meeting each winning one game.* The White Sox are back and forth in the division at holding the top spot over the Cleveland Indians.* Last night’s 7-3 victory over Detroit has them in first place by half a game.* They have a 1.5 game lead over the 3rd place Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox have been playing good baseball on both sides of the ball.* Pitching has been decent and their offense has been supplying enough run support to grab the victories.* They are 6-4 of their last 10.* In a season that has been projected as a rebuilding season, The White Sox continue to surprise opponents with their winning ways.

The Detroit Tigers are living up to expectations,* They are a team that is difficult to beat with solid pitching and a potentially run producing offense.* They just aren’t at the same level as the Cleveland Indians to run the division.* Strong starters like Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer keep opposing bats quiet but offensively they aren’t intimidating.* Miguel Cabrera is out of the line up with a groin injury.* Ian Kinsler is batting a mere .221.* Todd Collins is the only threat when facing the top 3 of* Detroit’s order.

Pitching for the next 2 games puts the White Sox Derek Holland (2-2, ERA 1.99) on the mound against Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (2-1, ERA 2.88) and the final game has White Sox unbeaten starter Miguel Gonzalez (3-0, ERA 2.00) against Tiger Jordan Zimmerman (2-1, ERA 6.35)

Both teams are pretty well matched but the White Sox are playing better baseball.* They have nothing to lose as expectations are low for the season. That can be the most fun baseball to play.* The Tigers lack run support for their pitching.* They only put up 3 runs in their first game against Mike Pelfrey.* Pelfrey is a grade C pitcher at best.* Cabrera’s absence certainly affects the Tiger batting line up.* Although playing in the mean streets of Detroit, The Chicago White Sox have the advantage over the Tigers and will take at least 2 of the 3 games played.

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