In the last of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (70-81) and the Chicago White Sox (72-79) at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander (3-8, 3.46 ERA) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 1.12 ERA) take the mound. The Tigers won the last game 2-1 and Chicago leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 1:08 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and will air on CSCh, FSDT and MLBN.
In his last start, Verlander pitched 8.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-4 loss to the Royals. J.D. Martinez (.282, 87 Rs, 37 HRs, 96 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The White Sox were unsuccessful to the Indians 6-3 the last time Montas pitched. He went 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out two. Adam Eaton (.281, 91 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the AL Central, the Tigers have an SU record of 37-30. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with 9.4 per game.
Against divisional foes, the White Sox are 29-39 SU. Chicago is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. The White Sox average just 7.5 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Chicago pitchers. They allowed 6.2 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.4. They also allow just 2.4 walks per road game, best in the AL.
The Tigers have mostly come out on top against the White Sox in their previous 15 games this season, earning an 8-7 record. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Montas) in this game and have a 19-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Verlander will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 54-62 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Det
The Tigers are 38-30 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 29-40 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 32-31, while Detroit is 33-36.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 27-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 58-19. The White Sox have a 56-13 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Chicago has earned 592 this season. Detroit ranks 13th with 648 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 374 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 424.
The Tigers are 50-35 when they hit at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 45-40 record.