The Detroit Tigers have won two in a row after slipping the first two games of the second half against the Kansas City Royals, and they will look to finally break through the ceiling that seems to be the 10 games over .500 mark. It always seems as though when the Tigers get to that mark they struggle the next few days until they reach it again. Rick Porcello will hope to reverse that trend as he will be taking on a familiar foe in the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night.
Porcello is an incredible 6-1 against the White Sox with a 2.78 ERA in his career and 2-0 this season with a 2.08 ERA against them. It’s success that is unmatched by any other opponent for Porcello and may speak to the impatience of the White Sox bats more than anything. It has always been an excellent matchup for Porcello because the White Sox are consistently built with low average power hitters and batters who are aggressive which is a dream matchup for any groundball pitcher. You hope that tonight the sinker is moving because when it flat lines Porcello becomes one of the more hittable pitchers in all of baseball.
One negative for the Tigers is Miguel Cabrera will not be playing in tonight’s game due to his sore hip flexor suffered last night. It is not surprising given how much pain he was in last night, but there was slight hope that maybe he could find his way in at DH. That will not be the case, but Don Kelly will be taking over at third in place of Cabrera and Matt Tuiasosopo will be taking over the third slot in the batting order. While the damage of losing Cabrera will hurt, the Tigers should be able to hold the fort for a few days but anything longer will start to really drain the team. Hopefully Cabrera can get well soon and hopefully others can step in during the meantime.