Detroit Tigers (55-71 SU, 69-51-6 O/U) v. Chicago White Sox (49-76 SU, 60-60-5 O/U) at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois
Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander (R) 9-8, 3.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP (DET) v. Miguel Gonzalez (R) 7-10, 4.44 ERA, 1.47 WHIP (CWS)
Money Line: Detroit Tigers -161 | Chicago White Sox +145
The White Sox are hosting the Tigers in this AL Central matchup. The Chicago White Sox have looked like one of the worst teams in all of baseball this season. They have no shot at the postseason. The Tigers have also struggled, and they’re 10 games back in the American League Wild Card Race. Which one of these disappointing teams will come away with a rare win on Friday night?
Tigers maul the Yankees
The Detroit Tigers were nearly swept by the New York Yankees, but they managed to beat them 10-6 in game three of their series. The Tigers finished the game with 11 hits. It was a rare offensive outburst for a pretty poor batting team. Justin Upton has been a rare bright spot in Detroit’s lineup. Upton leads the Tigers in batting average (.286), home runs (27), and RBIs (91).
Justin Verlander will take the hill for the Tigers in this matchup with the South Siders. Verlander has had a decent season, despite Detroit’s rough year as a team. The right-handed veteran had a terrific outing in his most recent start against the Dodgers. Verlander pitched 8 innings, allowing just 2 hits, a walk, and a run. He also fanned 9 batters. Verlander will look to win his second consecutive start in this showdown against the White Sox.
White Sox top the Twins
The Chicago White Sox came up with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Tim Anderson’s walk-off single led to the White Sox win. Chicago’s lineup has struggled throughout the season. The White Sox have only scored 540 runs this year, which is the fourth fewest in the majors.
Miguel Gonzalez starts this game on the mound for the South Siders. Gonzalez has had a pretty rough season. He picked up his seventh win of the year in his last start against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Gonzalez pitched 6 scoreless innings in that outing. He allowed 4 hits and 4 walks in that start, but he also had six strikeouts. Gonzalez will try to win his third consecutive decision as he takes the hill in this one.
The Detroit Tigers are:
- 17-8 in their last 25 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- 4-1 in Verlander’s last 5 starts.
- 9-3 in Verlander’s last 12 starts during game 1 of a series.
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- 1-6 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
- 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Miguel Gonzalez has played pretty well recently, but Justin Verlander is the more talented pitcher. Verlander has had six or more strikeouts in his last seven starts. I think he’ll be able to dominate the White Sox struggling lineup in this one. The Tigers are 22-5 in Verlander’s last 27 starts against the White Sox. I like the Tigers to beat the South Siders on Friday night.