Chris Sale (9-1, 2.29 ERA) starts for the Chicago White Sox (29-26) as they square off against Mike Pelfrey (0-5, 4.96 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (26-28) in the second of a three-game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 10-3, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on CSCh and FSDT.
Pelfrey pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs (three unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Athletics. Ian Kinsler (.321, 46 Rs, 11 HRs, 32 RBIs, 7 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Sale went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Royals in his most recent start. Brett Lawrie (.256, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Detroit and Chicago are White Sox -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
This season, the Tigers hold an even 8-8 record against AL Central teams. The White Sox sit at 9-10 against these opponents.
The Tigers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The White Sox have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 4-21. The Tigers have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Chicago has hit 49 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 69 home runs.
Ranking 17th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.31 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 9.04.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .763.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 13-18, well-matched with the Tigers who are 14-20 when allowing at least one homer.