Preview: Tigers at White Sox

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CLOUDY 76 °F
Wind: SW 10
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-74)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30 - 1:10 PM EST
WHERE: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
LINE: -107, -101 TOTAL: 7


The Detroit Tigers slowly are turning things around with five wins in their last six games, and will put their rotation and bullpen to the test when they visit the Chicago White Sox for a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. The Tigers got a big boost in a 7-1 victory in the series opener from Justin Verlander, who went seven innings to give the bullpen a little breather. Detroit sits one-half game behind the first-place Kansas City Royals in the American League Central.

The White Sox are losers of nine of their last 10 games and have scored three or fewer runs in eight of those contests. Chicago has done nothing but help playoff hopefuls lately with series losses to Baltimore, the New York Yankees and Cleveland. The Tigers are active in the wild-card race as well and are in the No. 2 spot in the AL, a game in front of Seattle with the Yankees (three games back) and Cleveland (four) still hanging around.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLBN, FSN Detroit, CSN Plus Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP:
Tigers RH Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03)

Scherzer is enduring what constitutes as a slump for the reigning Cy Young Award winner with seven runs allowed in 12 innings over his last two starts. The impending free agent got plenty of help from his offense at Minnesota on Monday and ended up with the win despite lasting only five innings. Scherzer was sharp the last time he faced Chicago, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings to earn a victory on July 30.

Sale was let down by his defense last time out, surrendering four unearned runs over six innings at New York without factoring in the decision. The AL ERA leader is winless in his last five turns despite yielding three or fewer earned runs in four of those outings. Sale struck out 10 and allowed only one run over seven innings against Detroit on June 12 but ended up with the loss while being outdueled by Scherzer in a 4-0 final.

WALK-OFFS


1. The White Sox will honor the Jackie Robinson West Little League team that finished second in the Little League World Series prior to the second game.

2. Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera is 4-for-28 over his last six contests.

3. Chicago 1B Jose Abreu has hit safely in eight straight games and has recorded multiple hits in five of his last seven contests.

PREDICTION:
Tigers 3, White Sox 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 73-60 W2 35-30 38-30 17-15 27-23 18-16 11-6
Chi. White Sox 60-74 L2 32-35 28-39 14-17 25-30 10-18 11-9

Last Meeting

Detroit Chi. White Sox
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/29/14 DET 7 CHW 1 .325 0 .767 .294 0 .800

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
DET T. Hunter .341 15 .865
CHW J. Abreu .420 21 1.353
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
DET M. Cabrera 2 9 9
CHW J. Abreu 5 9 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
DET 4.38 .296 111
CHW 4.42 .279 85
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
DET V. Martinez .328 151 .948
CHW J. Abreu .316 146 .979
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
DET V. Martinez 26 70 85
CHW J. Abreu 33 70 97
Pitching ERA Avg K
DET 4.05 .274 1022
CHW 4.40 .256 943

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 101 -111
100
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 100 -120
-110
7
Sportsbook 100 -120
-110
7
5Dimes.eu
102
-107
-108
7
GTBets.eu -103 -107
-110
7
Top Bet 100 -110
-110
7
BetOnline.ag -103 -107
-110
7
BetDSI -105 -115
-110
7
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont 100 -120
-110
7
BookMaker.eu -105 -115
-110
7
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall Chi. White Sox
73-60 W/L 60-74
63-70 RL W/L 68-66
69-60-4 O/U 66-65-3
4.66 Runs For 4.18
4.39 Runs Against 4.78
Detroit A/H Chi. White Sox
38-30 W/L 32-35
36-32 RL W/L 31-36
34-33-1 O/U 34-33-0
4.75 Runs For 4.18
4.13 Runs Against 4.94