Kyle Ryan (1-1, 4.56 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (38-36) meet John Danks (3-8, 5.38 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (32-41) in the third of a four-game division series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-DET.
Ryan has a 1.38 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the White Sox, and faces a struggling 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 yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Tigers, Danks is 6-11 with a 5.27 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 yesterday with one stolen base.
Detroit, a -165 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Tigers have a 22-19 record and overall money line at -209. They have impressive records of 16-7 as the favorite and 24-14 SU within their division. Detroit has averaged 5.1 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 4.3. The Tigers have the top batting average in the league at .276. 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 6.2 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.
Switching gears, the White Sox come into this game with a weak win percentage of .342 when playing as the underdog (13-25) and an overall money line of -1,083. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-4 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 4-6. The White Sox average just 7.0 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Tigers have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-5. The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have a 10-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the left-hander Ryan. 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 sit at 25-14 against the division, while the White Sox are struggling at 15-24.
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 17-14, while Chicago is 14-14.
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.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 53 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 15th with 65.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.44 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 fourth with an OPS of .756.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 17-28, well-matched with the Tigers who are 15-27 when allowing at least one homer.