Saturday, October 3, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander (5-8) vs. Erik Johnson (3-1)
The Chicago White Sox welcome the Detroit Tigers to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday. The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound to face Erik Johnson of the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +123 and Chicago at -133. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers, with a 74-84 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 85-66 over/under record. The White Sox are 76-83 against the run line and have a 76-77 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 73-85 record, including 35-42 on the road. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander holds a 5-8 record with an earned run average of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.09. In his starts, the Tigers are 7-12 over his 127.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 108 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 12-7. The team is averaging 3.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.41 and they have given up 519 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the bullpen while being struck out 393 times and walking 198 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.35 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.87 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.69.
Detroit is batting .271 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .269 away from home. The Tigers hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.46 hits per game and Ian Kinsler leads the team with 185.
With a 38-40 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 74-85 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.45, Erik Johnson will come into this game holding a 3-1 record and a 1.43 WHIP. In his starts, the White Sox are 3-2 and he has allowed 27 hits over 28.2 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 2-2. The team is averaging 4.4 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 416 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 415 times and walking 171 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.42 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00.
They are batting .251 as a team, which is good for 17th in the league and hitting .249 at home. The White Sox hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.58 hits per game and Jose Abreu leads the team with 176.
Detroit has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 83 errors with 1,586 assists and 4,264 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 101 errors, accumulating 1,563 assists and compiling 4,277 put outs.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 85-66 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 74-84 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 76-77 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 76-83 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/30/15 DH Victor Martinez Quad "?" Friday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/24/15 P Bruce Rondon Disciplinary out for season
09/04/15 SS Jose Iglesias Finger out indefinitely
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Chicago White Sox
10/01/15 2B Micah Johnson Knee out indefinitely
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers
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