The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back from a humbling loss when they host the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Now, in second place in the American League Central Division standings, Chicago (12-10) will send early Cy Young candidate Carlos Rodon to the mound in order to extract some revenge against Detroit (8-16) after having its four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night.
Detroit is in fourth place in the AL Central, seven games behind front-running Kansas City. The Tigers will look to record consecutive victories after snapping its five-game losing streak.
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 8:10 p.m. ET
Where: Guarantee Rate Field, Chicago, IL
TV: NBC SCH, Bally Sports Detroit
Detroit – Casey Mize – RHP – (1-2, 5.23 ERA, 14 SO)
Chicago – Carlos Rodon – LHP – (3-0, 0.47 ERA, 24 SO)
Detroit +1½ (-115)
Chicago -1½ (-105)
Tigers Need Better Outing From Mize
Detroit got a big win by beating Chicago 5-2 on Tuesday night after losing its previous five games. Miguel Cabrera, Niko Goodrum and Jonathan Schoop all homered to back José Ureña in his first win with the Tigers.
“No one gave up,” said Ureña, who earned his first win of the year with seven strong frames. “Everyone was focused on the game and trying to execute.”
On Wednesday, the Tigers will hand the ball to Casey Mize. The right-hander has been bombed in each of his last two starts. In four starts spanning 20.2 innings, Mize has allowed 23 hits, 12 earned runs, five homers allowed, seven walks, 14 strikeouts and a 5.23 ERA. The Tigers rank 30th in scoring (3.22 RPG) and 22nd in runs allowed (4.75 RPG).
Rodon Has Been Lights Out
The Chicago White Sox had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as Lucas Giolito lost his second consecutive start by allowing four runs and five hits in 6.2 innings. Giolito, who threw 114 pitches, acknowledged he “didn’t have much left in the tank” in the seventh.
“Is that what he said?” manager Tony La Russa asked when told about Giolito’s comment. “Then, it’s my fault for not recognizing it.”
On Wednesday night, Chicago will hand the ball to incendiary hurler Carlos Rodon. The lefty is 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts with a complete-game no-hitter to his credit. The White Sox average 5.20 runs (third) while allowing 4.35 runs per contest defensively (15th).
White Sox Run Line Pick Behind Rodon
Chicago came up small for me on Tuesday night, but I’m undaunted in my belief that the White Sox are going to smack Detroit senseless on Wednesday night. First and foremost, Detroit’s Mize has been pounded unmercifully in each of his last two starts. Kansas City bashed two home runs off Mize en route to six runs in 4.2 innings against the right-hander. Mize was also smacked around for five earned runs on seven hits – including three home runs – in his previous start against Oakland on April 17.
Conversely, Rodon has been phenomenal in all three of his starts. The 28-year-old southpaw tossed five shutout innings against Seattle in his first outing of the season before tossing a no-hitter against Cleveland on April 14. Rodon backed that performance up by limiting the Indians to one run on three hits in five innings on April 20. In three starts, Rodon has allowed a grand total of two runs on five hits while striking out 24 and walking only five batters.
Not only is Rodon looking like a potential AL Cy Young winner, but the Tigers are 0-6 in their last six games against a left-handed starter and 0-4 in their last four road games against a southpaw starter. Chicago has gone 6-1 in their last seven games following a loss, 4-1 in their last five games against a right-handed starter and a bankroll-boosting 22-8 in their last 30 home games. Chicago is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings against Detroit and a commanding 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in the Windy City. Chicago cruises to the emphatic run line win on Wednesday night.