In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (25-28) and the Detroit Tigers (25-28) at U.S. Cellular Field, John Danks (3-4, 4.81 ERA) and David Price (4-2, 2.91 ERA) get the start. The Tigers lost the last game 4-3, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and will air on FOX.
Danks has a 5.11 ERA and a 6-10 record in his career against the Tigers, and faces a solid Detroit offense that's hitting .268 on the year. Jose Abreu (.280, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. In his career against the White Sox, Price is 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 66 strikeouts. Rajai Davis (.265, 20 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Chicago is a +146 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The White Sox have a losing record of 11-17 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -583. They have disappointing records of 4-10 as the underdog and 12-19 SU within their division. Chicago has averaged 3.1 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 3.7.
On the other side, the Tigers have a record of 18-17 when they are favored and are -235 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 2-8 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 1-4 record. The Tigers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Detroit's run production has dropped to 2.3 runs per game, compared to 3.7 for the duration of the season. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Tigers, who average 9.1 hits per game. Detroit is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 45 stolen bases. The Tigers are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of four runs allowed per away game. They also allow just 2.7 walks per game, fourth-best in the AL.
The White Sox have gotten the best of the Tigers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-3. This game will feature Price (LHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 3-5 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The left-handed Danks will take the mound against the Tigers, who have an 8-5 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers sit at 18-11 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 13-19.
Chicago has won 58% (11-8) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 58% (14-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have an 8-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 2-19. The White Sox have a 5-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 28th with 37 homers and Detroit is 24th with 42.
Ranking ninth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.40 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 9.11.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.651). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .734.
The Tigers are 10-19 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 13-21 record.