Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Betting Preview

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The Detroit Tigers are set to host their divisional rival Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. NBC Sports Chicago is in line to broadcast the matchup and the game gets going at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Chicago (+125) is the underdog against Detroit (-135) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the games total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the games runline with the current odds coming in at White Sox +1.5 runs (-170) and Tigers -1.5 runs (+150).

The Tigers are 22-28 SU and 28-21 ATS. They’ve lost 0.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 3.0 units against the spread (ATS). Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The White Sox have gone 15-33 SU this year and are 25-22 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 14.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 0.7 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

Detroit games have an over/under record of 21-27-1 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 22-23-2.

Hector Santiago is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. The southpaw Santiago is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 34 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Detroit this year (two starts).

The Tigers will be sending lefty Francisco Liriano (3-1, 3.42 ERA) to the mound. Liriano has 37 strikeouts and 26 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.16. Liriano has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Detroit’s pitching staff has given up 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The clubs starters have an ERA of 4.18, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 4.51 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 24 games against divisional foes, Tigers starters have an ERA of 3.93 and the bullpens ERA is 3.58.

The Detroit offense is putting up 4.2 runs per contest, including 3.7 per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over its last five. The teams hit .235/.278/.343 over its last five games 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 .333/.380/.522 with five home runs, 27 RBIs and 26 runs scored, and Iglesias is batting .249 with 42 hits, 16 RBIs, 19 runs and seven stolen bases.

Castellanos seemed to have a little trouble hitting left-handed pitching at home in 2017. In 59 such plate appearances, he slashed .236/.288/.418 (his overall season line was .272/.320/.490).

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 5.65 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.12 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.28, along with a K/9 of 9.55.

The White Sox offense has slashed .246/.313/.410 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez have led Chicago’s hitters. Abreu is hitting .305/.367/.524 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored, while Sanchez is slashing .280/.319/.406 with two homers, 22 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Abreu performed well against lefties on the road last season. Across 81 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .342/.383/.685 (compared to his total season line of .304/.354/.552).

The White Sox have lost 5.0 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 2.1 units and are 8-4 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The overs hit in eight of those games, compared to four that went under the total.

Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers MLB Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • Detroit has recorded 17.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.2 over its last five.