John Danks (7-4, 3.03) vs. Justin Verlander (8-9, 3.95)
Hopefully, the Tigers are better at getting the taste of last night's loss out of their mouths than those of us who watch them. I'll bet a lot of Listerine has been used over the past 20 hours in Tiger Town. But with two games remaining in this series, the Tigers still have a chance to cut into the White Sox's first-place lead.
Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up.
Those were Alfred's words to Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins, when it looked like our hero had given up. But Alfred knew that Bruce still had some ass-kicking in him, and just had to slap that suit with the pointy ears on to knock out some justice. The Detroit Tigers might have some of that left in them too, and have Justin Verlander to help set things right.
Verlander hasn't allowed more than two runs in seven straight starts, and much like the Tigers' recent resurgence, his revival began against these White Sox back in early June with a complete game four-hitter. In three starts against Chicago this season, however, Verlander has a 1-2 record and 4.50 ERA.
For the White Sox, John Danks hasn't lost in his last 10 starts, giving up four or more runs in only three of those games. Last season against the Tigers, he went 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts.