Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Michael Fulmer
The Chicago White Sox visit Comerica Park on Wednesday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Chris Sale for the White Sox and Michael Fulmer for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +116 and Detroit at -126. The over/under was set at 7.5. The White Sox have a 45-53-7 over/under record and a 48-57-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Tigers are 61-44-0 against the run line and have a 54-46-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 51-54 record, including 23-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 14-4 record with an earned run average of 3.17 and a WHIP of 1.03. He has 133 strikeouts over his 139 innings pitched and he has given up 111 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 294 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 283 times and walking 155 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.79 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 913 base hits and 417 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 365 batters and struck out 813. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team, Chicago is batting .249, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.46 hits per game. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .312 and his on-base percentage is at .359. He has 116 hits this season along with 45 runs scored and 49 runs batted in. He's struck out 44 times and has walked 29 times. Adam Eaton is hitting .271 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 110 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 37. He has walked 41 times and has struck out 79 times. The White Sox have 887 hits, including 173 doubles and 102 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Chicago has walked 301 times this season and they've struck out 846 times as a unit. They've left 721 men on base and have a team OPS of .707. They score 3.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 419 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 29-19 home record and a 57-48 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.50, Michael Fulmer has a 9-2 record and a 1.09 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts over the 97.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 76 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.69. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.26 and they have given up 332 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 274 times and walking 109 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.19 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.35. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 949 base knocks and 448 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 108 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 305 hitters and struck out 770. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.09.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .278 average at home. The Tigers hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.22 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .286 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 121 hits this year along with 84 runs scored and 57 RBI. He's struck out 82 times and has walked on 28 occasions. Nick Castellanos is hitting .291 and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 113 hits so far while he's scored 51 runs and drove in 57. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 102 times. The Tigers as a unit have 968 base hits, including 157 doubles and 139 homers. They have 45 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 17 times. Detroit as a team has walked 313 times this year and they have struck out 862 times. They've had 711 men left on base and have an OPS of .766. They score 4.79 runs per game and have totaled 503 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 45-53-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 48-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 54-46-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 61-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/05/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
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)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back "?" for next scheduled start
07/06/16 P Daniel Norris Oblique 15-day DL (7/5)
07/04/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (6/01)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
06/17/16 RF J.D. Martinez Elbow 15-day DL (6/17)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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