Gamethread: White Sox at Tigers

On a roll: Tim Anderson has a nine-game hitting streak, and his .335 batting average leads the majors. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)

The White Sox (68-86) will try to sweep the hapless Tigers (45-109) this afternoon in Detroit. The White Sox’s final seven games are in Chicago, so this is their final road game of the season. Like most teams, the White Sox have done well against the Tigers, as their record in head-to-head matchups is 10-4.

Reynaldo López will start for the White Sox. López has a 5.44 ERA, 4.98 FIP, 5.36 xFIP, and 2.3 fWAR in 172 innings this season. In his last start, the Twins had his number, as López allowed five runs (all earned) in five and one-third innings. López walked two and had only two strikeouts. That game ended in a 5-3 Twins victory.

28-year-old lefty Matthew Boyd will pitch for the Tigers. Boyd has a 4.54 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 3.81 xFIP, and 3.0 fWAR in 176 1/3 innings. Boyd is excellent at missing bats, as his K/9 rate of 11.64 is No. 5 in the majors. On the other hand, when Boyd allows contact, it often goes a long way. Boyd has allowed 38 home runs this season, which puts him behind only Mike Leake of the D’Backs. According to both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference, Boyd is the most valuable player on the Tigers in terms of wins above replacement. Mainly because Boyd is pitching, the odds for this game are nearly split, with FiveThirtyEight giving the White Sox a slight edge, at 54%.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

The first pitch will be at 12:10 CST, WGN will televise it, and WGN 720 will have your radio coverage. Let’s get this sweep to end the final road trip.

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