Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 4.78 ERA) and Shane Greene (3-1, 4.60 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (8-14) and the Detroit Tigers (17-9) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 5 and can be seen on FSN-DET and CSN-CHI.
Samardzija pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in an 8-2 defeat to the Orioles. Avisail Garcia (.342, 12 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Against the White Sox, Greene is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera (.366, 13 Rs, 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 3 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Chicago is a -120 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 -692 and a record as the favorite of 4-4. Chicago is a disappointing 1-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games.
Over in the other dugout, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +677 and an impressive record of 5-3 as the dog. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 3-2 record against teams in their division, and a 14-5 record SU. Offensively, the Tigers have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 5.3 in those contests. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 9.3 hits per game. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 24 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. When it comes to issuing walks, the Tigers have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 2.4 walks allowed per game.
The Tigers lead the season series, 2-1. Despite a 6-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers, the White Sox have a 4-2 record at home versus righties, which is what they'll be facing when Greene takes the mound. Samardzija (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 12-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Under
The Tigers sit at 14-5 against the division, while the White Sox are 8-13
For the fourth time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 3-0 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the White Sox, as the Tigers have won their last two games while the White Sox have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 6-1. The Tigers have a 15-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Chicago is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 70 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 117.
Ranking 30th, Chicago is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 48 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with 89.
When the White Sox hit at least one home run, they are 5-4. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 12-3 record.