Frankie Montas (0-1, 5.73 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (76-85) go up against Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.09 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (73-87) in the last of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-3 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and will air on CSCh and FSDT.
In his last start, Montas pitched 3.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking two in a 7-4 loss to the Tigers. Adam Eaton (.287, 98 Rs, 14 HRs, 56 RBIs, 18 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one stolen base. The Tigers were unsuccessful the last time Norris pitched. He tossed 1.2 innings, allowing six runs (four unearned) and walking one in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers. J.D. Martinez (.283, 92 Rs, 38 HRs, 101 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a -116 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 35-35 record and overall money line at -1,156. They have disappointing records of 14-21 as the favorite and 32-43 SU within their division. An area where the White Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.4 K's per game.
On the other side, the Tigers have a subpar record of 36-56 when they are the underdog and are -1,164 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-5 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 4-6. The top hitting team in the league are the Tigers, who have a .271 batting average.
The White Sox will take on a left-hander (Norris) in this game and have a 19-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Montas will take the mound against the Tigers, who have a 53-70 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Det, O/U - Under
The White Sox are 32-43 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 40-34 against their division.
For the 17th time this season, the Tigers registered at least two errors in a game.
The White Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 27-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the White Sox have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the White Sox have won their last two games while the Tigers have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 61-21. The White Sox have a 58-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Chicago has earned 622 this season. Detroit ranks 16th with 683 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 402 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 448.
The White Sox are 47-44 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 53-38 record.