Chicago White Sox Head To Motown For Must-Win Series vs. Detroit Tigers

By Matt Malecha
Chicago White Sox
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Already 14 games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox will head to the Motor City for a three-game set against their inner division rival.

Although it’s July 9, tonight will be the first time in 2013 that these two teams meet.

The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana to the hill this evening at Comerica Park. Quintana is riding a stretch of seven straight no-decisions, and he hasn’t received a win for his efforts since May 21.

Despite his lack of victories recently, the lefty has proven he belongs in Chicago’s rotation. Since his first outing of the season, Quintana hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in a start. His 3.69 ERA in 17 starts this year is impressive for a 24-year-old hurler pitching in just his second season at the big league level.

Opposite of Quintana tonight will be Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Although he still has very respectable numbers this season — 9 wins, 3.54 ERA, 119 SO ­­— and was selected as an All-Star for the fifth straight year, some believe Verlander is beginning to show signs of slowing down.

The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 6.41 ERA in the month of May, which was the highest from a month since April 2009. Recently, however, Verlander has regained his form, throwing seven scoreless innings and picking up the win in his last outing.

If the White Sox have any hope of turning their frustrating season around and making a push at the postseason, it will have to start tonight in Detroit. The Tigers, on the other hand, have the opportunity to knock out an already swaying Chicago team.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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