David Price (7-2, 2.42 ERA) takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers (38-36) as they meet Jeff Samardzija (5-4, 4.53 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (32-41) in the last of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 28 and will air on WGN and FSN-DET.
Price is 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA against the White Sox in his career, and is up against a less-than-stellar Chicago offense that's hitting just .240 on the year. Miguel Cabrera (.354, 42 Rs, 15 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season Friday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. In his career against the Tigers, Samardzija is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA. He meets a strong Detroit offense that's batting .276. Avisail Garcia (.266, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 Friday with one stolen base.
Detroit is a -165 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Tigers are 23-19 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -109. They have impressive records of 17-7 as the favorite and 25-14 SU within their division. The Tigers seem to play better against their division opponents, averaging 5.1 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.3. The Tigers are a superb hitting team with an MLB-best .276 team batting average. The Tigers are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 53 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Detroit's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.6 during that span, compared to its 4.4 season average. The Tigers are fourth in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.7 per game.
Across the field, the White Sox have a subpar record of 13-26 when they are the underdog and are -1,183 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record. The White Sox average just 7.1 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Tigers have mostly come out on top against the White Sox in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 6-5 record. This game will feature Samardzija (RHP) on the mound against the Tigers, who have a 27-29 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the left-hander Price. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport records of 1-5 on the road and 5-9 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a 25-14 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the White Sox have a 15-24 record against the division.
Chicago has won 50% (14-14) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 55% (17-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 16-32 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 3-25. The White Sox have a 7-33 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Chicago has hit 53 this season. Detroit ranks 16th with 65 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.50 per game this season. Chicago ranks 12th with 8.15 hits.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.650). Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .756.
The White Sox are 17-28 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 15-27 record.