Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet for game three of their weekend series in Chicago. The White Sox are -155 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under total of 8.5 runs.
The Chicago White Sox had plenty of chances to win game two of this series on Saturday but they squandered those chances and the win to even the series at a game each. Gordon Beckham homered and drove in two runs, Alexei Ramirez had two hits and Brent Lillibridge had a hit and scored a run as the White Sox scored two runs off of seven hits on the night. Starter Edwin Jackson was in trouble often but got out of most of it as he allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out five over six innings of work but it was Jesse Crain who allowed the two run home run in the ninth inning to take the loss, his second of the season. For Sunday’s game Chicago tries to win the series as they start Jake Peavy who has been nothing short of sensational since returning from the DL. For the season Peavy has allowed 21 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 16 in 25 innings.
The Detroit Tigers were out of the AL Central race just a few weeks ago but they enter Sunday just three and a half games out of the lead. Brennan Boesch hit a two run home run and Miguel Cabrera hit a two run home run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie to give the Tigers the win while Austin Jackson had three hits and scored twice. Justin Veralnder allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out seven over eight innings to notch his sixth win of the season and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth to get his 15th save of the season. For Sunday’s game Detroit starts Brad Penny who has had his worst two starts of the year in his last two outings. For the season Penny has allowed 68 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 29 in 68.2 innings of work.
Chicago is 6-2 in their last eight home games, 4-1 in their last five games overall, and 10-1 in Peavy’s last 11 starts against a team with a winning record. Detroit is 8-1 in their last nine against the AL Central, 5-1 in their last six games against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in Penny’s last five starts. Detroit has won six of their last seven in Chicago.
Jake Peavy is just too strong right now, as at the very least he will put Chicago in a good position to win this game. Take the White Sox minus the 155 today.
Chicago White Sox -155 Detroit Tigers