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The Chicago White Sox continue to lead the American League Central. The White Sox are 37-24 and have a four-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians. Chicago lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday 6-2, which snapped a short two-game winning streak for the White Sox. Chicago continues to use strength both on the mound and at the plate as the White Sox are fourth in baseball in both team ERA and team batting average.
Detroit has found little to no consistency of late alternating between wins and losses in each of the last 5. The Tigers are 25-36 and were defeated by the Seattle Mariners 9-6 on Wednesday. Detroit is fourth in the American League Central trailing the White Sox by 12 games and only one game ahead of the last place Minnesota Twins. Detroit’s problems begin at the plate as the Tigers are 26th in baseball in team batting average but and continue to the mound as the Tigers team ERA is 19th at 4.36.
Injuries taking their toll on White Sox
The Chicago White Sox remain first in the American League Central and have an excellent team both at the plate and on the mound but injuries are beginning to take their toll. Leading hitter for average Nick Madrigal left Wednesday’s game with soreness in his right hamstring and is questionable for Friday. The White Sox are also without Billy Hamilton, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, as well as pitchers Jimmy Cordero, Jace Fry and Michael Kopech. Nevertheless, the White Sox have the fourth-best team batting average at .253, the 11th best slugging percentage at .406 and have scored the fifth most runs with 299. First baseman Jose Abreu has the lead in home runs and RBIs with 11 and 46 respectively. Madrigal was batting .305 before hurting his hamstring.
On the mound, Chicago’s team ERA is 3.25 which is fourth in baseball, it’s WHIP is 1.16, which is 7th and opposing hitters are averaging .223 at the plate against the White Sox pitching which is ninth best in baseball. Carlos Rodon is leading Chicago in strikeouts with 88 and Lance Lynn is the leader in wins with 7. Lynn is also the leader in ERA for starters at 1.23. Lucas Giolito receives the nod on Friday. This season the right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA and 87 strikeouts.