The White Sox return home from Los Angeles to begin a four-game series with the Tigers, and Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton are getting you ready with this week's White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox went 2-4 on the West Coast this past week, and things won't get any easier as they return home to begin a four-game series with the first-place Tigers. It's tough to say any series in June is the biggest of the season, but Robin Ventura's group trails Detroit by just 5 games and could pick up ground with a series win as the two teams get into the heart of the schedule.
And in order for the South Siders to have a chance, White Sox analyst Bill Melton says their bats will have to wake up in a hurry.
"When you face the Tigers you have to be able to hit," he said, "because they're going to score a lot of runs."
The Tigers also are heating up. After losing five straight that dropped them to 31-25, they have won two straight against the Red Sox entering tonight's matchup.
And while those first three games will be important, the Thursday matchup will be the headliner. Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06 ERA) and Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38 ERA) will go head-to-head in what should be one of the best pitching matchups of the year (it'll take place on CSN at 7:10).
Melton admitted a hot Tigers team is as tough as it gets in the American League.
"Scherzer's really tough, there's no doubt about it, that's why I hope the White Sox are swinging the bats a lot better because I think Detroit, they went into a big, bad slump here the last few weeks, but they're starting to hit a little bit better," he said. "When they start to hit 1-9 with Martinez in the middle and Cabrera, they're really tough to beat. You really have to pitch well to shut them down. But if the White Sox are hitting home runs and scoring runs I think it'll be a pretty good series."
Coverage begins tomorrow night on CSN, beginning with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.