David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 6.23 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (8-1) and the Chicago White Sox (3-5) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and can be seen on CSN-CHI, FSN-DET and MLB Net.
Price is 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts against the White Sox. Samardzija went 7.0 innings, surrendering four runs and striking out six in a 5-4 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Avisail Garcia (.348 ) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Detroit and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. 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 an impressive 11.7 per game. Detroit leads the MLB in steals, swiping 13 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 1.91. The Tigers are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.86 so far this season.
The White Sox are 3-5 against AL Central opponents. Chicago is excellent at not striking out with just 7.2 per game, ranking fifth in the AL.
The Tigers have a 6-1 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Samardzija takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Tigers hold a perfect 6-0 record versus their division, while the White Sox are 3-5.
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 5-1, while Chicago is 0-2.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 2-1 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
Neither the Tigers (8-0) nor the White Sox (3-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Ranking 26th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 24 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 54.
Ranking 30th, Chicago is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 13 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 39.
The Tigers are 6-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 3-2 when they hit at least one homer.