Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox conclude their weekend series in Detroit on Sunday. The Tigers are -130 favorites over the White Sox with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Detroit Tigers seem to have righted the ship as after Saturday’s win they have won three in a row and seven of their last 10 and sit just two and a half games out in the American League Central. On Saturday Alex Avilla had three hits and Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Raburn, Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge all had two hits in the 15 hit nine run offensive assault. Brad Penny allowed just one hit through seven shutout innings striking out three and walking just two. Detroit goes for the sweep on Saturday as they send Max Scherzer, who has yet to lose a game, to the mound. On the season Scherzer has allowed 29 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 23 in 23 innings of work.
The Chicago Whit Sox have hit the skids losing none of their last 10 games and no matter how popular Ozzie Guillen is in Chicago; he may be on the ropes if they don’t turn it around in a hurry. Like most of their losses recently, on Saturday the White Sox bats were silent as Brent Morel had two hits and Ramon Castro, A.J. Pierzynski, and Brent Lillibridge all had a hit each. Edwin Jackson had one of his worst outings as a member of Chicago as he allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs while walking four and striking out three in 5.2 innings of work to take his second loss of the year. On Sunday Chicago looks to leave Detroit on a positive note as they send John Danks to the hill for the start. Danks has yet to win this season as he has allowed 24 hits and nine runs while striking out 25 in 27 innings of work.
Detroit is 5-1 in their last six games against a left handed starter, 9-3 in their last 12 home games, and 10-4 in Scherzer’s last 14 home starts. Chicago is 1-5 in their last six road games, 1-4 in game three of a series, and 0-4 in Danks’ last four starts. Chicago is 0-8 in the last eight meetings of these two.
It’s tough to believe that the White Sox aren’t going to hit for a very long time as we have seen good hitting teams go into slumps like this as even last season’s NL East champs the Philadelphia Phillies went through a scoring drought last year. With that being said, Danks’ numbers are better than Scherzer’s everywhere but where they count most, in the win-loss columns but I see Danks getting the best of this one. I’ll take the White Sox +110 here.
Chicago White Sox +110 Detroit Tigers
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