In the first of a two-game series between the Detroit Tigers (30-28) and the Chicago Cubs (30-28) at Comerica Park, Anibal Sanchez (3-7, 5.69 ERA) and Jon Lester (4-4, 3.86 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 7:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and will air on CSN-CHI and FSN-DET.
Sanchez is 2-2 with a 4.55 ERA, 30 strikeouts and 17 walks against the Cubs in his career. Yoenis Cespedes (.300, 31 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Tigers, Lester is 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA. He meets a solid Detroit offense that's batting .272. Anthony Rizzo (.332, 33 Rs, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 Sunday with two runs.
Detroit is a slight underdog (-102) and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Tigers are 11-11 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -110. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (1-4). National League games have been tough for the Tigers. Detroit has only averaged 3.3 runs per game compared to its 4.1 season average. The Tigers are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 46 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 5.3 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average.
On the other side, the Cubs have a record of 18-14 when they are favored and are +196 overall with the money line. Against teams in the American League, they are 1-1 SU and 1-1 as the favorite. They sport the third-ranked offense in the NL, averaging four runs per game. The Cubs have racked up 45 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.20 on the year, good for fifth in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers will take on a left-hander (Lester) in this game and have a 9-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Sanchez will take the mound against the Cubs, who have a 25-21 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 15-10, while Chicago is 13-12.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cubs have a 6-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 2-19. The Cubs have a 7-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Detroit ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 45 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 53.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.28 per game this season. Chicago ranks 11th with 8.25 hits.
Ranking 17th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .742.
The Cubs are 17-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 11-19 when they allow at least one homer.