2019-09-27 15:40:00 EDT
The Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox will meet up on the MLB diamond for game one of a doubleheader Friday.
Detroit is coming out of a series versus the Twins. The Tigers dropped the first two games 4-2 and 5-1, then on Thursday the Tigers fell 10-4.
For the Friday opener, the Tigers will go with Tyler Alexander in the start. Alexander is 1-4 with a 4.99 ERA and 43 Ks this year.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they just finished against Cleveland. Chicago split the first two games of that series, and in the finale the White Sox won 8-0.
On Friday, Chicago will send out Ivan Nova to start. Over 182.0 innings and a 11-12 mark so far, Nova has a 4.80 ERA with 110 Ks and 45 BBs.
The Tigers are 16-36 in their last 52 in game one of a series and 17-42 in their last 59 Friday games. The over is 3-1-1 in Detroit’s last five Friday games as well.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 9-4 in Nova’s last 13 starts and 1-4 in his last five Friday starts. Chicago is 4-1 in Nova’s last five starts in game one of a series and 4-1 in his last five with five days’ rest.
Nova has had three straight road starts, and this will be his first home appearance since September 10 (which was a win over 5.2 innings and three earned). In the three since Nova has had mixed results, with a total of seven earned in 9.1 innings on 18 hits.
I’m not thrilled about either team right now for obvious reasons, but Chicago at home seems like the better option.