Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
It’s game one of an American League Central rivalry series as the Chicago White Sox host the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox are -145 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under total set at 9 runs.
The Chicago White Sox are heating up and while they got off to a rough start to their season this year, they are very much in the mix in the AL Central. The White Sox are in third place in the division, 5-5 in their last 10 games, have won three in a row, and are just 10-13 at home this season. As a team Chicago is hitting .253 led by their captain Paul Konerko at .310 with 44 RBI’s, Brett Lillibridge at .308, and Alexei Ramirez at .297. The White Sox pitching staff is improving as they have a team ERA of 4.12 with the starters at 4.04 and the bullpen at 4.33. For game one against the Tigers Chicago starts Mark Buehrle who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Buehrle has allowed 82 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 35 in 73.2 innings of work.
The Detroit Tigers are in second place in the American League Central and they have won their last four games. The Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 12-15 on the road, and trail the Indians by five games in the division. As a team Detroit is hitting .252 with Jhonny Peralta hitting .314, Miguel Cabrera hitting .311, and Victor Martinez hitting .300. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.29 with the starters at 3.92 and the bullpen at 5.17. For game one in the Windy City Detroit starts lefty Andrew Oliver who makes his second start of the season. In his first outing Oliver allowed five hits and three runs while striking out three in six innings of work in a no decision.
Chicago is 5-1 in their last six home games, 4-1 in their last five games against a team with a winning record, and 4-1 in Buehrle’s last five starts. Detroit is 7-0 in their last seven against the AL Central, 13-3 in their last 16 against a left handed starter, and 1-5 in Oliver’s last six starts. Detroit is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings of these two teams.
Both of these teams can swing the bat and it should be good hitting weather in Chicago on Friday. Take the over 9 runs.