Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.63 ERA) and Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.61 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (70-61) and the Chicago White Sox (63-67) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-3, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on CSCh and FSDT.
Norris pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out five in an 8-5 win over the Twins. J.D. Martinez (.316, 55 Rs, 18 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. Ranaudo went 5.1 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 win over the Mariners in his most recent start. Jose Abreu (.287, 51 Rs, 18 HRs, 73 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
This one isn't expected to be close when Detroit, a big -210 favorite, takes on Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 10 runs for this matchup. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of +1,264 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 37-18. Detroit is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. 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.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 28-41 record and an overall money line of -356. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-18 record against AL Central foes, and a 6-4 record SU.
The Tigers lead the season series, 9-5. The Tigers have a 52-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ranaudo takes the mound. Norris (LHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 15-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers are 24-27 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 20-30 against their division.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 36-27, while Chicago is 30-29.
The White Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 17-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 45-13. The Tigers have a 54-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Chicago has earned 529 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 603 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 367 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 387.
The Tigers are 57-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 46-39 when they hit at least one homer.