Justin Verlander (14-7, 3.33 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (71-61) meet Chris Sale (15-7, 3.14 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (63-68) in the last of a three-game division series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 8-4, and Detroit leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and will air on CSCh and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Verlander pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-2 victory over the Angels. J.D. Martinez (.322, 57 Rs, 19 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The White Sox were unsuccessful against the Mariners 3-1 the last time Sale pitched. He went 9.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out 14. Todd Frazier (.214, 69 Rs, 33 HRs, 83 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Detroit is a -119 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Tigers have a winning record of 37-18 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,264. They are 5-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Whenever an AL Central opponent shows up on the calendar, the Tigers seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.5 runs per game, but allow 5.0 against teams from their own division. The Tigers are fifth in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.8 per game.
On the other side, the White Sox have a record of 28-41 when they are the underdog and are -356 overall with the money line. Against fellow AL Central members, they are 20-30 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-18 record.
The Tigers have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-5. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Sale) in this game and have an 18-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Verlander. They sport a 48-55 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The White Sox currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 20-31, and the Tigers have a 25-27 record.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 37-27, while Chicago is 30-30.
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 an 18-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 10-50. The Tigers have an 11-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 132 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 174.
Ranking 10th, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.62 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.10.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.720). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .766.
The White Sox are 38-47 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 39-44 record.