Jon Garland will look to become one of the American League’s first five-game winners when he takes the ball for the Chicago White Sox in the finale of their weekend series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Garland is coming off his finest outing of the season, scattering four hits and walking only one in a complete-game 6-0 victory at Oakland on Monday.
“He deserved it,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of his decision to let Garland finish the game. “(Garland) has matured, and he knows what he has to do. He doesn’t beat himself.”
Garland allowed just two runners to reach scoring position and retired the final 13 batters he faced.
With yet another win over the Tigers, Garland will join Florida’s Dontrelle Willis with five wins. Minnesota’s Johan Santana and the Marlins’ Josh Beckett will also be trying for their fifth wins on Sunday.
Garland allowed just one run and five hits over eight innings in a 9-1 win at Detroit on April 20 to improve his career record against the Tigers to 7-4 with a 5.05 ERA.
Chicago, which had lost three straight after winning 17 of its first 21, is coming off a 4-3 win on Saturday
“We had a tough time the last two or three days and we needed it,” Guillen said. “We didn’t want it, but we needed it to see how close we really are.”
Fifth starter Wilfredo Ledezma, who hasn’t pitched in 10 days, will counter for Detroit, which had its five-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s defeat.
Ledezma is hoping for a better outing than he had when he faced Garland and the White Sox on April 20. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed six runs and eight hits over five innings.