Monday, September 5, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale
The Detroit Tigers head to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The probable pitchers are Justin Verlander for the Tigers and Chris Sale for the White Sox. The opening line for this game has Detroit at +116 and Chicago at -126. The over/under is 7.5. The Tigers have a 66-63-6 over/under mark and a 73-62-0 run line record, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The White Sox are 66-69-0 against the run line and have a 61-67-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this game with a 73-62 record, and they are 34-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 14-7 record with an ERA of 3.30 and a WHIP of 1.00. He has 198 strikeouts during his 188 innings pitched and he has given up 141 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.62. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have allowed 423 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the pen while they've been struck out 358 times and walked 138 times this year. As a unit, Detroit has given up 9.02 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.47 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.19. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,203 base hits and 559 earned runs. They have allowed 148 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 376 batters and struck out 996. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team, Detroit is hitting .267, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .264 average on the road. The Tigers have a .437 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.17 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this game hitting .276 and his on-base percentage is at .336. He has 148 hits this season along with 100 runs scored and 71 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 38 times. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .312 and he has an on-base percentage of .387. He has totaled 155 hits so far while scoring 74 runs and he's driven in 85. He has walked 61 times and has struck out 96 times. The Tigers have 1,238 hits, including 208 doubles and 177 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Detroit has walked 406 times this season and they've struck out 1,080 times as a unit. They've left 922 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 626 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 35-29 home mark and a 64-71 overall record. With an ERA of 3.10, Chris Sale has a 15-7 record and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 185 strikeouts over the 185.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 148 hits. He has allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.34. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 382 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 365 times and walking 192 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.78 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,189 base knocks and 547 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 156 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 447 hitters and struck out 1,041. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.34.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The White Sox hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.66 hits per contest. Jose Abreu comes into this matchup batting .291 and he has an OBP of .345. He has 152 hits this year along with 53 runs scored and 79 RBI. He's struck out 106 times and has walked on 34 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 142 hits so far while he's scored 54 runs and drove in 65. He has earned a walk 39 times and has punched out 58 times. The White Sox as a unit have 1,168 base hits, including 226 doubles and 139 homers. They have 62 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 30 times. Chicago as a team has walked 385 times this year and they have struck out 1,071 times. They've had 923 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They score 4.1 runs per game and have totaled 554 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 66-63-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 73-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 61-67-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 66-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/04/16 SS Erick Aybar Abdominal "?" Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb "?" Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
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)
Chicago White Sox
09/04/16 P James Shields Back "?" for next scheduled start
09/04/16 SS Tim Anderson Calf "?" Sunday vs. Minnesota Twins
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox
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