MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 2 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 10190
Detroit0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 173
  W: D. Cease (4-7)   L: J. Zimmermann (1-12)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 20, 2019
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 15,265

Tigers, White Sox begin flurry of matchups

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

  1. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson rank first and second in MLB, respectively, with 30 and 27 hits in the month of September. The duo's 57 hits are 10 more than any other MLB duo this month, with the Tigers' Harold Castro and Victor Reyes combining for 47 hits.
  2. The White Sox have 30 hits over their last two games, the team's first two-game span with at least 30 hits since April 26-28. The team's .810 OPS ranks fifth in MLB this month, after ranking 27th in OPS in all months prior to September (.707).
  3. The Tigers were swept by the Indians, scoring three combined runs in the three-game series. Tigers' pitchers have a .291 opponent batting average in September, worst in MLB.
  4. Miguel Cabrera has scored 38 runs this season, nine fewer than any other of the 117 players with at least 500 plate appearances in 2019. He leads the Tigers with 55 RBI, 21 fewer than any other team leader in MLB (Daniel Vogelbach, Randal Grichuk -- 76 apiece).
  5. Jose Abreu has hit safely in his last 11 games against the Tigers and is hitting .426 with a 1.151 OPS in those games, and his .426 average is tied for fifth highest by any player against a single opponent in 2019 (minimum 50 PA).
  6. The White Sox have gone 8-4 against the Tigers in 2019, and their .327 batting average against the Tigers would be their best against any opponent (min. 10 games played) since hitting .333 against the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

Yoan Moncada is completing the season in style as one of the hottest hitters in the majors.

The 24-year-old Cuban third baseman will look to record a multi-hit game for the 12th time in the past 15 contests when the Chicago White Sox visit the Detroit Tigers on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Moncada is a scorching 29-for-62 (.468) with 13 runs scored during the streak to raise his season mark to .312.

"It is very satisfying to see all the work that I put in and have been doing in the offseason and spring training is paying off," Moncada told reporters through an interpreter. "It feels good. It makes me feel very good. My plan in the offseason is to do the same and keep working hard for next season."

The White Sox have won just two of their past eight games -- they defeated the Minnesota Twins 3-1 on Wednesday -- and are starting the final road series of their seventh straight losing campaign.

But nobody is complaining about Moncada, who was one of the pieces obtained from the Boston Red Sox in the Chris Sale deal following the 2016 season.

In addition to his career-high average -- the switch-hitter is 77 points above his previous best -- he has established career highs of 23 homers and 73 RBIs. He also has matched his high of 32 doubles.

The progress, and jump in production, is encouraging to Chicago manager Rick Renteria.

"His approach in general has been a little bit more aggressive, and certainly he has bat speed, the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark and hit the ball very hard," Renteria told reporters. "And he can do it from both sides of the plate."

Chicago leads the series 8-4 entering this stretch where the teams meet seven times over their final 10 games of the season.

The Tigers have dropped nine of their past 12 overall games. They were blanked 7-0 by Cleveland on Thursday, marking their 17th consecutive loss to the Indians and 18th in 19 contests this season.

"It's frustrating," Detroit left-hander Daniel Norris said after the latest loss to Cleveland. "We're grinding and doing all we can, and it's just not working out."

The shutout loss was the 14th of the season for the Tigers (45-107), who own the worst record in the majors.

"We're going to have some of these rough days," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said after the setback. "We've had a bunch already. You just hope we get better as we go along and gain experience."

On Friday, Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-11, 6.32 ERA) is making his 22nd start in a tough season.

Zimmermann was winless over his first 13 starts (0-8) before beating the Los Angeles Angels on July 29. He is 0-3 in seven ensuing starts despite allowing two runs or fewer in four consecutive turns during the stretch.

The 33-year-old lost to the Baltimore Orioles in his past outing when he gave up four runs and eight hits over five innings.

Zimmermann lost to the White Sox on April 19 when he gave up five runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He is 6-5 with a 5.92 ERA in 14 career turns versus the club.

Chicago's Jose Abreu is 11-for-26 with two homers and eight RBIs against Zimmermann. Yolmer Sanchez is 7-for-17 versus Zimmermann, while Moncada has struggled, going 2-for-15 with a homer and seven strikeouts.

White Sox rookie right-hander Dylan Cease (3-7, 6.18) has beaten the Tigers in both starts this season.

Cease defeated Detroit in his big-league debut on July 3 when he allowed three runs and four hits over five innings in Chicago.

He prevailed against the host Tigers on Aug. 6 when he gave up two runs and seven hits over five innings.

The 23-year-old is winless over his last four turns. He received a no-decision against the Seattle Mariners in his last start when he gave up one run and three hits over five innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2019

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