Money Line: Chicago +115 Detroit -125
Total Line: 7
The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers kick-off a three-game weekend series at Comerica Park this Friday night with Game 1 of this AL Central clash. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.
Chicago wraps-up a three-game set with Cleveland this Thursday before heading to Detroit and with a win can raise its current 12-12 record over .500 for the start of this series. The White Sox have actually played better on the road this season with a 7-4 record in 11 road games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 13 of their 24 games.
The White Sox continue to struggle at the plate with a .239 team batting average so they will look to Jake Peavy as their starter to get this series off to a strong start. He has gone the distance in his last two starts to raise his record to 3-1 while boasting a 1.67 ERA. The right-hander is 3-2 against Detroit with an ERA of 3.58.
Detroit will get a day off before Friday night’s game after splitting a pair of games with Kansas City. The Tigers are also 12-12 on the year but just 3-7 in their last 10 games. Despite the disappointing start, they remain just one game in back of Cleveland for the lead in the division. Detroit is 5-4 on the road and 7-8 at home. The total has also stayed ‘under’ in 13 of 24 games.
The Tigers have had their inconsistencies at the plate as well with a high-powered lineup that has produced 105 runs, which is ranked seventh in the AL. They will go with Drew Smyly as their starter for Friday night. He also brings a hot hand to this matchup with 1.23 ERA in his first four MLB starts, while giving-up no more than one earned run in any of those games.
The White Sox are 6-2 in their last eight games on the road and 5-1 in Peavy’s last six starts. The total has gone ‘over’ in five of their last seven games.
The Tigers are 1-5 in their last six home games but 10-3 in their last 13 games played on a Friday. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last eight games.
Head-to-head, Chicago is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings overall and 0-4 in its last four trips to Detroit. The total has gone ‘over’ in 10 of the last 14 games at Comerica Park.
Both starters come into this game in excellent form, but stick with the veteran to upstage the rookie as the White Sox snap their four-game losing streak in Detroit with the win. Chicago 3 Detroit 2