Anibal Sanchez (6-7, 4.59 ERA) and Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.92 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (37-36) and the Chicago White Sox (32-40) at Comerica Park. The White Sox won the last game 8-7 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and FSN-DET.
Sanchez is 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts against the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera (.348, 42 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday. Quintana is 4-3 with a 4.26 ERA when pitching against the Tigers. He takes on a quality Detroit offense which is hitting .274 this season. Avisail Garcia (.262, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Detroit is a -168 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -47 and a record as the favorite of 22-18. Detroit has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 16-6 and 24-13 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Tigers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.4 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game. The Tigers lead the MLB in batting average with an impressive team average of .274. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 53 bases. Detroit's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.4. The Tigers are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.7 walks per game so far this season.
As for their opponent, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -1,235 and a disappointing record of 12-25 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-5 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the White Sox have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 2.0 during that stretch. Chicago is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.0 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The Tigers have a 10-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Quintana takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 26-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Under
The Tigers hold a 24-14 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the White Sox have a 15-23 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 17-14, while Chicago is 14-14.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 9-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 3-25. The White Sox have a 7-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Chicago has hit 50 this season. Detroit ranks 17th with 63 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.35.
Ranking 30th, Chicago is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.647). Detroit ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .751.
The White Sox are 17-27 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 14-27 record.