Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 3.46 ERA) and Chris Sale (1-0, 1.50 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (9-1) and the Chicago White Sox (3-6) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 2-1 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and can be seen on WGN and FSN-DET.
Sanchez is 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts against the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera (.439, 6 Rs, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 4. Against the Tigers, Sale is 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 106 strikeouts. Avisail Garcia (.333 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Detroit is a -126 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. With a record of 4-0 when playing as favorite and an overall money line of +748, the Tigers have fared well so far this season. The Tigers have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in home offense with 7.3 runs per home game. The Tigers lead the AL in hits at home with a phenomenal 11.7 per game. Detroit leads the MLB in steals, swiping 13 bases. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 1.91. The Tigers are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.84 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 1-4 record and an overall money line of -197. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-4 record against AL Central rivals, and a 3-5 record SU. Chicago is excellent at not striking out with just 7.2 per game, ranking fifth in the AL.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 3-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a perfect 7-0 record versus their division, while the White Sox are 3-6.
Chicago has lost all of its games (0-2) when leading after 7 innings. However, Detroit has won 83% (5-1) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When outhit, both the Tigers and the White Sox have records of 0-1.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Chicago has hit eight this season. Detroit ranks fifth with 11 home runs.
Ranking 10th, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 7.38 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 11.00.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.611). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .858.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 0-5. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 1-1 record.