* A win tonight would pull the Chicago White Sox back to .500 for the 21st time this season, the most in the majors. (KC and Texas next with 16).
* Only one active manager (Ryne Sandberg of the Phillies with 2,164) appeared in more games as a player than the managers of these two teams. Robin Ventura was in 2,079 games and Brad Ausmus played in 1,971.
* The ninth inning has been great for the White Sox (+14 run differential – best in MLB), but a nightmare for the Tigers (-22 run differential – worst in MLB).
*John Danks is 0-3 with 8.87 ERA in his last four starts against the Tigers.
* Justin Verlander’s struggles in 2014 can likely be tied to a drop in velocity. Verlander’s fastball has dropped in average speed in each of the last five seasons, including a drop of nearly a full mile per hour in each of the last two seasons.
Justin Verlander, Average Fastball Velocity by Season – Since 2009
2009 95.6 MPH
Verlander has seen an uptick in his last two starts though, averaging 94.1 miles per hour on his fastball, compared to 92.1 miles per hour in his first 11 starts of the season.