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Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2021

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The Chicago White Sox clinched the American League Central but manager Tony La Russa wants his team maintain its edge.

La Russa gets a prime opportunity to make that judgment on Monday when the White Sox visit the Detroit Tigers in a makeup contest.

Chicago was just in Detroit for three games last week but Wednesday's game was rained out. That prompted the loss of a day off and the prolonging of an 11-game road trip with a return to the Motor City.

The White Sox (88-68) have split the first 10 games of the excursion but the play hasn't always been pretty. Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians included some lackluster play that infuriated La Russa.

Prior to Sunday's 5-2 win over the Indians, La Russa and some members of his coaching staff met with some players to discuss the situation.

"Once in a while, you are going to have a game you need to address, and (the players) addressed it really well," La Russa said of the much crisper effort.

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It makes sense that La Russa wants to get his troops clicking on all cylinders during a final week that includes two home games against the Cincinnati Reds and three with the Tigers. The White Sox were 54-35 prior to the All-Star break and are just 34-33 since.

Chicago is 9-6 against Detroit this season but the Tigers have won the past four meetings.

That includes two victories last week prior to the rainout.

Detroit (75-80) lost 2-1 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday but has still won 10 of its past 15 games.

The Tigers need to win six of their final seven games to avoid a sixth straight losing campaign.

Detroit will be playing the rest of the season without outfielder Victor Reyes after he sustained a groin injury during Saturday's win over the Royals.

"We'll see how significant it is," Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. "But it's significant enough where he can't make it back.

"I feel bad for Victor. He really played well at the end and was starting to push into more and more playing time. He still capped a nice comeback year based on how he started."

The 26-year-old Reyes was batting .258 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 76 games. But he batted .333 (35-for-105) over August and September. He had eight hits in 13 at-bats over his final four games.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.18 ERA) will be on the mound for the White Sox. He is 0-3 over his last six starts with an unsightly 8.77 ERA.

Keuchel received a no-decision against the Tigers last Tuesday when he allowed two runs and 11 hits over five innings.

The 33-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three 2021 starts against Detroit. Overall, Keuchel is 4-4 with a 4.52 in 12 career appearances (11 starts) against the Tigers.

Jonathan Schoop is 8-for-20 with two homers versus Keuchel, while Jeimer Candelario is 5-for-14. Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-22 with a homer.

Right-hander Matt Manning (4-6, 5.73) will start for the Tigers.

The 23-year-old rookie received a no-decision against the White Sox on Sept. 20. He gave up three runs and four hits over five innings.

Manning has a 5.87 ERA in two starts against Chicago. He has allowed 11 hits and walked four in just 7 2/3 innings.

Tim Anderson is 3-for-5 against Manning.

--Field Level Media

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Recap SEP 27TH 2021

Cesar Hernandez and Zack Collins drove in two runs apiece during a six-run, fourth-inning outburst and the visiting Chicago White Sox edged the Detroit Tigers after a benches-clearing incident, 8-7, on Monday.

The ninth-inning altercation occurred after Chicago's Jose Abreu and Detroit shortstop Niko Goodrum exchanged words following a failed advancement on a low pitch by Abreu. Abreu had been hit earlier by an Alex Lange pitch one inning after the Tigers' Isaac Paredes was hit by a pitch.

Eloy Jimenez had three hits, including a two-run homer, for the White Sox (89-68). Yasmani Grandal added a solo shot in the makeup of a game postponed last Wednesday.

Dallas Keuchel (9-9) lasted five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. Liam Hendriks recorded his 37th save.

Jonathan Schoop had two hits, including a solo homer, and drove in two runs for Detroit. Goodrum and Eric Haase drove in two runs apiece during the Tigers' five-run, eighth-inning rally.

Starting pitcher Matt Manning (4-7) allowed six runs on four hits and a career-high five walks in 3 1/3 innings for the Tigers (75-81) in their home finale. Detroit had defeated American League Central Division champion Chicago in its last four meetings.

The Tigers broke through in the second inning with two outs when Goodrum walked, advanced on Willi Castro's infield hit and scored on Akil Baddoo's single.

Grandal's 23rd homer, which cleared the left-center wall, sparked Chicago's six-run fourth. Manning then issued three walks to load the bases before Hernandez's double, which plated two runs. Collins smacked a single through the drawn-in infield to bring home two more runs.

Bryan Garcia then entered in relief and promptly gave up a Luis Robert RBI double.

Schoop made it 6-2 in the fifth with his two-out solo shot, his 21st homer.

The White Sox increased their lead to six in the seventh inning when Grandal drew a two-out walk against Ian Krol and Jimenez blasted his 10th homer.

Haase's bases-loaded single and Goodrum's triple made it 8-6 in the eighth. Schoop's sacrifice fly cut Chicago's lead to one but Zack Short struck out against Garrett Crochet with runners on the corners to end the inning.

--Field Level Media

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