Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox Free Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Chicago White Sox are paying a visit to Comerica Park to do battle against their division rival Detroit Tigers. The matchup will begin at 1:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to WGN to catch the game.

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Chicago (+115) is entering this game as the underdog to Detroit (-125) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at White Sox +1.5 runs (-180) and Tigers -1.5 runs (+160).

The White Sox have gone 48-78 SU this year and are 62-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 16.9 units for moneyline gamblers and 7.1 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 52-75 SU and 66-60 ATS. They’ve lost 4.7 units for moneyline bettors and 3.9 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Detroit games have a 50-70-6 over/under record in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 60-59-6.

The right-handed James Shields is the probable starter for the visiting White Sox. Shields is 5-14 with a 4.39 ERA and 127 strikeouts. He’s 0-2 with 10 strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA against Detroit this year (three starts).

The Tigers will turn to lefty Matthew Boyd (7-11, 4.27 ERA), who has 121 punchouts and 41 walks to his name as well as a 1.11 WHIP. Boyd has yet to face the White Sox this year, but he made five starts against them in 2017, posting a 1-3 record with a 4.97 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Detroit’s pitching staff has allowed 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have a 4.48 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.0 K/9. In 54 games against AL Central foes, Tigers starters have an ERA of 4.39 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.41.

The Detroit hitters are putting up 3.8 runs per contest, including 3.8 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .261/.348/.352 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Tigers’ hitters have been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is hitting .292/.345/.491 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and 68 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .267/.311/.388 with five homers, 48 RBIs, 41 runs and 14 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.12 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 6.73 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.57, along with a K-per-9 of 9.68.

The White Sox offense has slashed .243/.304/.409 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Chicago’s offensive production has been sparked by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez, who’ve collectively blasted 29 home runs. Abreu is slashing .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and 67 runs scored, while Sanchez (.248/.311/.387) has produced seven homers, 45 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

The White Sox have lost 7.0 units and are 15-15 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 14 of those games, compared to 15 that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 10.7 units and are 46-48 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 34 of those games, compared to 55 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in just two of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Detroit has posted 23 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 21 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.