This Saturday, the (43-70) Detroit Tigers and the (56-56) Chicago White Sox will play game two of this three-game series. The first pitch will be thrown out at 7:10 PM EST inside Guaranteed Rate Field. This will be the fourth series between these two teams this regular season, as they are becoming more and more familiar with one another. The last time these teams matched up, they split a four-game series.
The Detroit Tigers are coming into this one after being swept by the Cleveland Guardians in their last series. The Tigers struggled at the plate, as they couldn't score enough runs to give themselves a chance. Detroit has also lost eight of their last 10 games.
The Chicago White Sox are entering this one after losing their previous series to the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City took three of four games, as the White Sox struggled at the plate. They will have to be better in this series if they want to continue their quest to the postseason.
This game was written/published before last night's results.
The Tigers Must Heat UpThe Detroit Tigers are currently (2-8) in their last 10 games, as they are now 16.5 games out of the last AL Wild Card spot. The Tigers are (43-70) this season, as they have continued to struggle at the plate. Detroit is also in dead last place in the AL Central. They will need to go on a series run if they want to have any chance of making the postseason. At the plate, the Tigers are scoring 3.29 runs per game and they are hitting .226 as a team. This is the least amount of runs scored per game and the third lowest overall team batting avenge. They are struggling to reach base consistently and they have been very unclutch when they have men in scoring position. They have stranded bases runners in scoring position consistently this season, as they are also hitting the least amount of home runs per game. They are only averaging .60 per game, as they have realized that they have very little power inside their batting lineup. They must string together multiple base hits in order to score a run. I also expect the Tigers to stay extremely conservative once they have reached base safely. They have only taken 29 bases this season, which is the second least in the league.
According to MLB.com, the Detroit Tigers will start Matt Manning on the mound. He is currently (0-0) with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He did look incredible in his last start, though. He pitched for 7.0 innings and gave up zero earned runs to the Tampa Bay Rays. Manning kept his team in this one for the majority of the game, as he showed that he could sit batters down quickly. He finished that game with seven strikeouts, as well. He will be looking to repeat his last performance on the mound. Luckily, the Tigers also have one of the best bullpens in the MLB. They are allowing 3.20 runs per game, which is the fifth least in the league. It isn't easy to score on the Tigers late in the game, as their relievers and closers have been top-notch.
The White Sox Must Bounce BackThe Chicago White Sox are currently (56-56) as they are still 3.0 games back from the final AL Wild Card spot. This series will be huge for them, as they are (5-5) in their last 10. They can't continue to slide, as the Twins, Orioles, and Rays are also battling for that last Wild Card position. At the plate, the White Sox are scoring 4.29 runs per game and they are hitting .257 as a team. This is the 20th least amount runs scored per game and the fifth highest overall team batting average, as the White Sox have consistently reached base this season. They have struggled to drive in men when they are in scoring position, though. Chicago continues to strand base runners on second and third base, as they have multiple opportunities to score each game. The White Sox have also realized that they have very little home run power inside their batting lineup. They are only averaging .89 bombs per game, which is the 25th least in the league. The White Sox have to string together multiple hits in order to score, as well. I also expect Chicago to stay fairly conservative once they have reached base safely. They have only taken 39 bases this season, which is the 25th least in the MLB. They can't risk losing these base runners, as they need to score every run that they can.
According to MLB.com, the White Sox will start Lucas Giolito on the mound. He has been solid this season, as he is (8-6) with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. But, he has had struggles at home this season. He is only (3-4) with a 5.98 ERA inside his own ballpark. He has gotten lit up in front of his fans this season, as he has to be better inside Guaranteed Rate Field. Giolito did look great in his last start against the rangers, though. He pitched for 5.0 innings and only allowed six hits and one earned run. He kept the Rangers off the base paths and he gave his team a great chance of winning that game. As a team, the White Sox are surrendering the 18th most runs per game. They will need their bullpen to show up in this one, as well. Chicago's relievers are allowing the 20th most runs per game, with a 4.02.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be riding with the Detroit Tigers run line (+1.5) in this matchup with the Chicago White Sox. Chicago is currently (5-5) in their last 10, as they struggled against the Royals in their last series. They will also be starting Lucas Giolito on the mound, as he has had struggles at home all season. He is (3-4) inside Guaranteed Rate Field this season with a 5.98 ERA. The Tigers have struggled at the plate all season, but I see them scoring just enough runs to keep this game close. I also love the Tiger's starting pitcher and bullpen in this matchup. They will have Matt Manning on the mound to start this game, as he looked lights out in his last start. He pitched for 7.0 innings and didn't allow an earned run, as he completely shut down the Tampa Bay Rays. He will keep it rolling into this game and the White Sox will continue to struggle at the plate. They are scoring the 20th least amount of runs this season and they don't hit many home runs, either. They will stay stagnant at the plate and the Tigers will keep it close.
Pick the Detroit Tigers and take the run line spread (+1.5). They will keep this game close up until the very end.
Full-Game Total Pick
I will be betting on the under (8) runs in this one. Both of these teams struggle at the plate and that trend will continue in this game. The Tigers have struggled at the dish all season, as they are averaging the least amount of runs scored per game and they have the third lowest overall team batting average. They will score enough runs to keep this game close, but I don't see either team exploding at the plate. The White Sox have also struggled at the plate this season, as they are scoring the 20th least amount of runs per game. It will take multiple base hits in one inning for either of these teams to score, as I don't have faith in either of them consistently driving in men when they are in scoring position. I also love the Tiger's starter in this one, as Manning has been solid over his past few starts. He completely shut down the Rays in his last appearance and he will carry that momentum over into this one. The Tiger's bullpen will also make it difficult for the White Sox to get anything going at the plate, as they are allowing the fifth least amount of runs per game. Both of these teams will continue to have problems at the dish and this game will stay extremely low scoring.
Take the under (8) runs and expect both teams to struggle at the plate.