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Gamethread: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox

Have a beautiful Sunday! It’s been a beautiful weekend for baseball with some nice (or not so nice) wins and the Chicago White Sox will be looking to defeat the Detroit Tigers with Michael Kopech on the mound this afternoon.

The team meets left-handed Matthew Boyd, a veteran Tigers pitcher whom they’ve hit hard in the past. He played most of his career in Detroit until he signed with the San Francisco Giants last season but never played due to surgery and then switched to the Seattle Mariners. He made a direct return to the Tigers in the offseason and is now 3-4 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. His last game was against the Texas Rangers, where he had five hits, five runs, four walks and five strikeouts. He relies on five throws and uses his fastball most often at 38.6%. He follows with his slider (28.9%), changeup (18%), curveball (8.2%) and sinker (6.3%).

Michael Kopech is back on the mound after a great month of May, but he’s still trying to clean up his stats as he sits at 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He had a string of great games, but his most recent appearance against the Los Angeles Angels wasn’t the best, as he only went 4 1⁄3 innings with five hits, four runs, two walks and ten strikeouts. Definitely an interesting stat line. There’s no doubt that it has what it takes, as we can tell by the number of strikeouts, but his main concern now seems to be his control, which leads to walks and a high number of pitches, as well as home runs that are usually on his Fastball straight down pass the middle. Hopefully he can learn from his last outing today and get back on track.

Tim Anderson (enjoying Boyd) will take the lead, followed by Jake Burger as DH and Luis Robert Jr. back in midfield. Eloy Jiménez is on the right, Andrew Vaughn is first and Yasmani Grandal catches. Clint Frazier is in left field while Romy González is in second place and Elvis Andrus slips to third. It seems like Sunday was a new day off or something set by Andrew Benintendi and Yoán Moncada has that day off too.

Game time is at 1:10 p.m. CT on NBCSCHI and you can listen on ESPN 1000.

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