James Shields (2-8, 5.06 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (31-32) meet Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.38 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (32-30) in the first of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 13 and will air on WPWR and FSDT.
In his last start, Shields pitched 2.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out two and walking two in an 11-4 loss to the Nationals. The Tigers were victorious over the Blue Jays 3-2 the last time Boyd pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking five. Ian Kinsler (.316, 53 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Tigers are a -108 favorite with a total of 9.5 for this AL Central showdown.
Pick - CWS
The White Sox are 10-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 10-8 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have an 8-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
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 two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 27-7. The White Sox have a 21-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Chicago has earned 250 this season. Detroit ranks 12th with 285 runs.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .762.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 16-21. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 15-23 record.