Monday, August 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Matt Boyd
The Chicago White Sox visit Comerica Park on Monday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Matt Boyd for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +123 and Detroit at -133. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox have a 57-64-7 over/under record and a 62-66-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Tigers are 71-58-0 against the run line and have a 64-59-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 62-66 record, including 28-37 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 5-16 record with an earned run average of 5.98 and a WHIP of 1.61. He has 97 strikeouts over his 143 innings pitched and he has given up 170 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.98. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 362 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 346 times and walking 184 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,125 base hits and 516 earned runs. They have allowed 144 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 423 batters and struck out 987. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.29.
As a team, Chicago is batting .254, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .250 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.65 hits per game. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .340. He has 133 hits this season along with 51 runs scored and 58 runs batted in. He's struck out 55 times and has walked 36 times. Jose Abreu is hitting .285 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 141 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 72. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 101 times. The White Sox have 1,106 hits, including 213 doubles and 130 home runs. They've stolen 61 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Chicago has walked 362 times this season and they've struck out 1,012 times as a unit. They've left 869 men on base and have a team OPS of .718. They score 4.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 522 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 36-27 home record and a 69-60 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.98, Matt Boyd has a 5-2 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 64 strikeouts over the 74.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 66 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.78. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.25 and they have given up 406 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 338 times and walking 132 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.21. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,150 base knocks and 537 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 142 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 363 hitters and struck out 950. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .271 average at home. The Tigers hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.19 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .310 and he has an OBP of .385. He has 148 hits this year along with 72 runs scored and 80 RBI. He's struck out 95 times and has walked on 58 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .273 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 140 hits so far while he's scored 95 runs and drove in 66. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 100 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,185 base hits, including 196 doubles and 170 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 22 times. Detroit as a team has walked 381 times this year and they have struck out 1,039 times. They've had 873 men left on base and have an OPS of .764. They score 4.67 runs per game and have totaled 602 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 57-64-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 62-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 64-59-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 71-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/13/16 P Miguel Gonzalez Groin 15-day DL (8/12)
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
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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