Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander
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 Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +109 and Detroit at -119. The over/under was set at 7.5. The White Sox have a 57-66-7 over/under record and a 64-66-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Tigers are 71-60-0 against the run line and have a 64-61-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup with a 63-67 record, including 28-38 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 15-7 record with an earned run average of 3.14 and a WHIP of 1.00. He has 179 strikeouts over his 177.2 innings pitched and he has given up 140 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.35. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 365 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen while being struck out 351 times and walking 186 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.81 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.77 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,139 base hits and 521 earned runs. They have allowed 147 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 429 batters and struck out 1,004. 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 .253, 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 8.62 hits per game. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .293 and his on-base percentage is at .344. He has 136 hits this season along with 53 runs scored and 59 runs batted in. He's struck out 56 times and has walked 38 times. Jose Abreu is hitting .287 and he has an on-base percentage of .343. He has totaled 143 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 73. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 102 times. The White Sox have 1,120 hits, including 216 doubles and 131 home runs. They've stolen 62 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Chicago has walked 367 times this season and they've struck out 1,022 times as a unit. They've left 883 men on base and have a team OPS of .717. They score 4.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 529 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 37-28 home record and a 70-61 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.33, Justin Verlander has a 14-7 record and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 189 strikeouts over the 181 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 138 hits. He has allowed 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.59. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.19 and they have given up 411 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 347 times and walking 134 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.44 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 1,170 base knocks and 545 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 144 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 367 hitters and struck out 964. 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 .265, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .269 average at home. The Tigers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.13 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .310 and he has an OBP of .385. He has 150 hits this year along with 72 runs scored and 81 RBI. He's struck out 95 times and has walked on 59 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .272 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 141 hits so far while he's scored 95 runs and drove in 66. He has earned a walk 38 times and has punched out 101 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,196 base hits, including 199 doubles and 172 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 22 times. Detroit as a team has walked 389 times this year and they have struck out 1,055 times. They've had 888 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They score 4.63 runs per game and have totaled 606 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 57-66-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 64-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 64-61-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 71-60-0 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)
08/30/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb is downgraded to doubtful Tuesday vs. Chicago White Sox
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)
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