Series Preview: Detroit Tigers

The White Sox received a rather rude wake-up call this past weekend, losing two of three from a now blonde Lou Pinella and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They now must realize that just because they are the talk of the town, teams will not just roll over and lose, so they must keep up the same intensity that won them the previous six series'.

Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Record: 21-65, Last Place (AL Central)
Place: Comerica Park
Time & TV: Game 1: 6:05 p.m. (FSN); Game 2: 6:05 p.m. (FSN); Game 3: 12:05 p.m. (FSN)
2002 Record vs Sox: 7-12
2003 Record vs Sox: 3-6

THE LATEST
If there is one thing you can say about the Tigers it is that they are consistent ... at losing, of course. They have won just seven games since the start of June and only five since June 5.

WHO'S HOT (Last 7 days)
Craig Monroe, LF: .417 BA, 3HR, 8 RBI
--Monroe has been the hottest hitter for the Tigers of late, and although he has a .230 batting average this year, he is hitting .295 at Comerica Park this season.

WHO'S NOT
Detriot's Offense: .228 team BA
--There is a reason that a few of the Tigers starting pitchers are favorites to win the chase for Dave Kingman's last to have 20 losses in a season record - the Tigers offense usually provides little to no offense on any given night.

PITCHING PROBABLES
Game #1:
Jon Garland (6-6, 4.65) vs. Wilfredo Ledesma (2-2, 4.05)
--Jon Garland has put together a stretch of starts that resembled what he did last year, and has many people back on his bandwagon. Wilfredo – yes that's his name – is a pitcher that the White Sox should not take with a grain of salt. This will be his first start for the tigers, but he has been tough out of the pen.

Game #2:
Bartolo Colon (6-7, 4.06) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (2-13, 5.01)
--Colon has had his heart broken a few times this year, but Billy Koch's ninth inning catastrophe in his last start had to really hurt. The Sox need Colon to get back on track with a couple of short, easy victories, and it seems like the right time with him pitching against the Tigers. Jeremy Bonderman is the 20-year-old starter for the Tigers who is trying to avoid a rather un-attractive 20-loss season.

Game #3:
Esteban Loaiza (11-4, 2.28) vs. Nate Cornejo (3-4, 4.01)
--The Chicago White Sox are crossing their fingers, hoping Esteban Loaiza is chosen to start the All-star game in his home park. A victory to give him a career high 12 wins would go a long way in providing extra substance in his case.

KEY TO THE SERIES
Don't take any major league team for granted, the players on the Tigers are there for a reason, they can play baseball. So before Sox players get the idea that this will a easy series… think back to May 23-25, when the Tigers took 2 of 3 at U.S. Cellular. These are two teams going in opposite directions, so lets keep it that way.

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