Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 2.52 ERA) starts for the Detroit Tigers (25-28) as they square off against Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (29-25) in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and can be seen on CSCh and FSDT.
Zimmermann pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out three in a 9-4 win over the Rays. Miguel Cabrera (.310, 31 Rs, 12 HRs, 32 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. Rodon went 5.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in an 8-7 defeat to the Royals in his most recent start. Brett Lawrie (.255, 22 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday.
The odds for Detroit and Chicago are Tigers -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The White Sox are an even 9-9 against the division, while the Tigers sit at 7-8.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 14-13, while Detroit is 10-15.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Tigers have a record of 2-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 20-7. The White Sox have a 22-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Chicago has earned 220 this season. Detroit ranks 12th with 237 runs.
Ranking 24th, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 146 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 14th with 173.
The Tigers are 22-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 20-15 when they hit at least one homer.