Jeff Samardzija (4-3, 4.68 ERA) and Alfredo Simon (5-3, 2.97 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (25-29) and the Detroit Tigers (29-28) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Tigers won the last game 7-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and can be seen on FSN-DET and WGN.
Samardzija is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, but goes up against a quality Detroit offense which is batting .271 this season. When pitching against the White Sox, Simon is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes (.292, 30 Rs, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Chicago is a -128 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -483 and a record as the favorite of 14-11. Chicago is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The White Sox have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.1 runs per game. They average 3.7 runs per game on the season. Chicago's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.6.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 10-11 record and an overall money line of -335. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record, and a 2-8 record SU. Offensively, the Tigers have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 2.6 during that stretch. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.1 hits per game. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 46 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Moving on to Detroit's pitching staff and defense, the The Tigers allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the AL. When it comes to issuing walks, the Tigers have the third-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.7 walks allowed per game.
The White Sox have a 21-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Simon takes the mound. Samardzija (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 20-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a 19-11 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the White Sox have a 13-20 record against the division.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 4-2 record. The Tigers are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 14-22 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 25-7. The White Sox have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 196 this season. Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 233.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 125 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 183.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 13-12. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 20-8 record.