Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-73)
Time/Place: 7:10 p.m. E.T.,U.S. Cellular Field
SB Nation blog: South Side Sox
Pitching Matchup:LHP Kyle Ryan vs RHP Chris Bassitt, both pitchers are making their major league debuts.
Kyle Ryan is a former 12th-round pick out of Auburndale (Fla.) High School, near Lakeland. Ryan pitched at Class A Lakeland in 2013, winning 12 games for the Flying Tigers. He did not receive an invitation to big league camp for 2014. He started the 2014 campaign at double-A Erie and was promoted to Toledo during the season. That's when he got hot, and the Tigers took notice.
Chris Bassitt is a 25 year old right hander from Toledo, Ohio. He was drafted by the White Sox in the 16th round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Akron University. Over four minor league seasons, he is 22- 10 with a combined ERA.He seemed to be in good shape to make the team when he broke his hand late in spring training, knocking him out for much of the 2014 season.
South Side Sox has a look at Bassitt here.
Both Ryan and Bassitt will be called up as the 26th men for Saturday's double header and will make their major league debuts when they start the night cap. Both will be optioned back to the minors at least until Monday when the minor league seasons conclude. Chicago will be calling up Bassit when rosters expand, and he has been announced as a participant in the Arizona Fall league in October. Ironically, the Tigers and White Sox will both have representatives on the same AFL team this year.
The Tigers have a vacancy in the rotation and have not announced who will be filling in while Anibal Sanchez remains on the disabled list. Kyle Lobstein is expected to be recalled just in time for Tuesday's game in Clveland. Detroit won't have to send anyone down from the major league roster, but they will need to make a move to make room on the 40 man roster for Ryan. Before Friday's game, the Tigers designated Jose Ortega for assignment to make room for Evan Reed, who was recalled from Toledo.
Between games, the White Sox plan to honor Tony LaRussa, their former manager who was recently inducted into major league baseball's Hall of Fame. It is also LaRussa bobble head doll night in Chicago.
The club will also honor the USA little league champion Jackie Robinson West team from the south side of Chicago. The team won the US championship before falling to South Korea in the little league world series earlier this month.
Hitter to fear: Jose Abreu is the only hitter in that lineup that scares me
Hitter to fail: Adam Dunn couldn't hit a lefty to save his life
After the showdown between Scherzer and Sale in the opener of the double header, folks who bought tickets for the night cap expecting to see that match up might be expecting a letdown with the two rookies dueling.
The Tigers should beat the White Sox, on paper, but it's a matter of which pitcher executes his pitches most frequently.
+/- 10.5 total runs= I'll take the over