Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/29/14
Detroit Tigers (72-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-73)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Justin Verlander (R) (11-11) (4.819) vs. Scott Carroll (R) (4-8) (6.131)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +147 / Detroit Tigers -157 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, CSCh
The Chicago White Sox host the Detroit Tigers for game one of a four game series in the AL Central.
The Detroit Tigers won their latest series in New York to pull even with the Seattle Mariners in a tie for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. In Thursday’s 3-2 win, Detroit got six decent innings out of rookie starter Kyle Lobstein and Alex Avila delivered two RBI’s including a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Rajai Davis also had two hits in the victory as the Tigers managed to eek out the win with just six total hits. The Tigers will play eight road games starting Friday night before returning home for a nine game stand.
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For Friday’s series opener the Tigers turn to Justin Verlander who is not pitching like the ace we’ve come to know in recent seasons. Verlander enters this game with a WHIP of 1.44 and ERA of 4.82 while posting a record of 11-11. The veteran right-hander Verlander has struggled away from home with an ERA of 5.13, and has also struggled against the White Sox with an ERA of 5.49 across three starts this season totaling 19.2 innings.
The Chicago White Sox are in the midst of a skid as they were swept in back-to-back series against the Yankees and Orioles before losing their most recent series against the Indians. In last night’s 3-2 loss, starting pitcher John Danks was decent allowing two runs on five hits over six innings, but the offense mustered just six hits as Jose Abreu drove in his 97th run of the season, Alexei Ramirez had two hits, stole a base and scored a run, and Adam Dunn had an RBI. Jose Abreu could be the key to the White Sox beating Verlander as the first baseman is four for nine against him with two home runs this season.
Scott Carroll will take the mound for the home team White Sox on Friday night in hopes of rebounding from four straight tough outings. The 29 year old righty Carroll has an ERA of 7.61 across four starts in June, allowing at least four runs in each start. For the season it hasn’t been much better for Carroll as he owns a WHIP of 1.53 and ERA of 5.05 while posting a 5-8 record. Home field hasn’t provided a boost for the rookie Carroll as his ERA rises to 5.98 at U.S. Cellular Field; Carroll has not faced the Tigers before.
I see the offenses deciding this one so despite the big number I have this game going over the total.