Chicago White Sox (50-44) at Detroit Tigers (51-44)
Time/Place: 1:00 p.m., Comerica Park
SB Nation Blog: South Side Sox
Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network
Pitching Matchup: RHP Philip Humber (4-4, 5.77 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (0-1, 10.29 ERA)
Other than his perfect game on April 21st, Humber has been consistently mediocre for the White Sox in 2012. He has had a few other good outings (including his last start), several OK starts, and a few "Fire in the hole!" afternoons. Last Tuesday, Humber made his first start in over a month due to injury and pitched 6 solid innings against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Humber only has one career start against the Tigers, a 4-3 Detroit win last July.
It will be hard for Turner to be worse than he was against the Los Angeles Angels. He really struggled with his fastball location, fell behind in counts, and... well, you know the rest. Of course, it's hard to put all of the blame of that game on Turner when the offense didn't even score. I'm expecting better outings from both Turner and the lineup this time around.
There's a good chance that this one comes down to the bullpens. If this is the case, the Tigers have a serious advantage over the White Sox' depleted outfit.
Turner rebounds from his poor showing against the Angels with a strong outing this afternoon.