The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox have traded comeback victories – with both being cemented by two-run homers in the ninth inning. Detroit posted a 5-4 win on Friday behind a walk-off blast by Jhonny Peralta, but Chicago answered on Saturday by stealing a 3-2 win when Adam Dunn went deep off closer Jose Valverde. The White Sox have still dropped 11 of their last 14 games in Detroit.
Chicago, which was tied for first place in the American League Central before snapping a three-game losing streak on Saturday, ranks among the major league leaders in a handful of pitching categories. The Tigers were the overwhelming preseason favorite in the division after signing Prince Fielder, but they have struggled to get much from their bullpen or the back half of their starting rotation.
White Sox Tigers Betting
When: 1:05 PM ET, Sunday, May 6, 2012
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, Comcast Sports (Chicago), Fox Sports (Detroit)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Rick Porcello (2-2, 5.64 ERA)
An 11th-hour replacement for Chris Sale, Axelrod has made just two appearances for Chicago this season, giving up one run in a combined 3 1/3 innings of relief. He made three spot starts last year, going 1-0 in those games with six runs allowed in 16 2/3 innings (3.24 ERA). Sale was moved to the bullpen Friday due to a tender elbow,
Porcello was fantastic in an April 15 win at Chicago by allowing one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings, but he has had a rough go of it since. He has permitted 17 runs over his last 15 2/3 innings in three home starts. He showed some signs of improvement in his last outing, turning in eight solid innings for a win over Kansas City. Porcello is 3-4 lifetime against Chicago.
1. White Sox 1B Paul Konerko is 8-for-20 (.400) with three doubles and a home run against Porcello. Second baseman Gordon Beckham is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles and a homer.
2. Axelrod has one previous appearance against Detroit, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings during a start last year. He struck out eight and walked two.
3. The Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 against the White Sox at home and eight of the last 10 meetings overall.