Matt Boyd (5-2, 4.09 ERA) and James Shields (5-16, 5.98 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (69-61) and the Chicago White Sox (63-66) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and can be seen on WPWR and FSDT.
Boyd pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 9-4 win over the Twins. Miguel Cabrera (.310, 72 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Shields went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out six in a 5-3 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start.
The odds for Detroit and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Detroit has a record of 23-27 SU. Detroit's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 5.0 against fellow AL Central members, compared to its 4.5 season average. The Tigers are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.8 walks per game so far this season.
The White Sox are 20-29 against fellow AL Central members.
The Tigers lead the season series, 8-5. The Tigers have a 51-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shields takes the mound. Boyd (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 15-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Tigers are 23-27 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 20-29 against their division.
The Tigers didn't score any runs in their last game. The White Sox have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
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 two.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 45-12. The Tigers have a 54-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 526 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with 599.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 363 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 382.
The Tigers are 56-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 46-38 when they hit at least one homer.