Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Mike Pelfrey
The Chicago White Sox visit Comerica Park on Saturday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Chris Sale for the White Sox and Mike Pelfrey for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -162 and Detroit at +152. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox have a 23-28-3 over/under record and a 26-28-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Tigers are 29-24-0 against the run line and have a 32-18-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup with a 29-25 record, including 16-13 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 9-1 record with an earned run average of 2.29 and a WHIP of 0.88. He has 76 strikeouts over his 78.2 innings pitched and he has given up 53 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.91. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.10 and they have given up 126 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen while being struck out 133 times and walking 65 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.40. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 439 base hits and 183 earned runs. They have allowed 48 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 169 batters and struck out 416. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team, Chicago is batting .245, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.31 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .273 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 57 hits this season along with 20 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. He's struck out 33 times and has walked 22 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .275 and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 56 hits so far while scoring 25 runs and he's driven in 24. He has walked 20 times and has struck out 21 times. The White Sox have 449 hits, including 83 doubles and 49 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 13 times. Chicago has walked 173 times this season and they've struck out 430 times as a unit. They've left 382 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 4.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 220 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 12-12 home record and a 25-28 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.96, Mike Pelfrey has a 0-5 record and a 1.77 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 52.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 73 hits. He has allowed 12.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.64. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 169 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .278 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 127 times and walking 51 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.55. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 484 base knocks and 234 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 61 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 156 hitters and struck out 386. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.26.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .271 average at home. The Tigers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.02 hits per contest. Nick Castellanos comes into this matchup batting .321 and he has an OBP of .350. He has 61 hits this year along with 24 runs scored and 32 RBI. He's struck out 52 times and has walked on 10 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .317 and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 66 hits so far while he's scored 44 runs and drove in 30. He has earned a walk 14 times and has punched out 35 times. The Tigers as a unit have 478 base hits, including 86 doubles and 67 homers. They have 17 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Detroit as a team has walked 146 times this year and they have struck out 465 times. They've had 351 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.47 runs per game and have totaled 237 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 23-28-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 26-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 32-18-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 29-24-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
06/01/16 CF Austin Jackson Toe "?" Friday vs Detroit Tigers
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
06/02/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Groin is upgraded to expected to start Friday vs. Chicago White Sox
04/28/16 P Shane Greene Finger 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox
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