Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers battle it out on Monday in Chicago with the AL Central far from decided. The White Sox are -110 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Chicago White Sox haven’t been playing their best baseball of late but with the closest chasers faltering as well it hasn’t hurt them. The White Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 41-29 at home this season, and they have a two game lead in the division. As a team the White Sox are hitting .257 with Paul Konerko hitting .311, Dewayne Wise hitting .296, and Alex Rios hitting .292. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.13 with the starters at 4.20 and the bullpen at 3.96. For game one of this series Chicago starts Jose Quintana who has been lit up of late. For the season Quintana has allowed 116 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 65 over 115 innings for a 3.68 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers have had a bunch of chances to move up in the American League Central standings but the preseason heavy favorites have failed to convert on their opportunities and we have to wonder just how many more chances they will get. The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 30-38 on the road this season, and they are two games off the pace for the division title and even further back in the AL Wildcard race. As a team the Tigers are hitting .268 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .326, Prince Fielder at .312, and Austin Jackson at .303. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.85 with the starters at 3.97 and the bullpen at 3.60. For game one in Chicago Detroit starts Rick Porcello who has lost his last five starts. For the season Porcello has allowed 202 hits and 80 earned runs while striking out 95 over 157.1 innings of work for a 4.58 ERA.
Chicago is 35-18 in their last 53 home games, 20-7 in their last 27 home games against a right handed starter, and 2-5 in Quintana’s last seven starts. Detroit is 1-5 in their last six games overall, 0-6 in their last six road games, and 2-5 in Porcello’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Detroit is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings in Chicago.
This is a tough one to call as the Tigers have played Chicago tough but Porcello hasn’t been good.
Chicago White Sox -110 Detroit Tigers