Detroit Tigers (19-23) at Chicago White Sox (27-16)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
Casey Mize (0-1) (6.75) vs. Lucas Giolito (4-2) (3.29)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -260 / Detroit Tigers +233 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox meet Friday in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field.
This will be the first installment of a three-game weekend series between these teams. Detroit just played a Thursday doubleheader versus the Cardinals. In those matchups, the Tigers dropped the first installment 12-2, but were able to bounce back and split the doubleheader with a 6-3 win in the nightcap. As for the White Sox, they played a couple of games versus the Pirates this week. Chicago split those, losing 5-4 on Tuesday and winning 8-1 on Wednesday. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Tigers were walloped in game one on Thursday, and nearly suffered the same fate in game two. Detroit was down 3-0 with just two innings left, but exploded for five runs in the seventh to surge ahead in the win. Jeimer Candelario posted three hits, a homer and three RBI in that one, and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman went 3.0 innings with four hits and no earned.
For the Friday starting pitcher role, the Tigers are going with Casey Mize. This season, Mize is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Mize has six walks and an OBP of .392 thus far.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they’ve gotten some pretty decent results from a handful of hitters this year. Jose Abreu leads the way on a .311 batting average, 30 runs, 55 hits, 13 homers and 40 RBI. Tim Anderson is also hitting well with a .350 BA, 49 hits, 35 runs, seven homers and 15 RBI so far.
In the Friday starter job, the White Sox are sending out Lucas Giolito. Over nine starts this season, Giolito is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 75 Ks in 54.2 innings. On his MLB career, Giolito is 31-28 with a 4.45 ERA and 473 Ks in 471.1 innings.
The Tigers are 17-38 in their last 55 during game one of a series and 20-46 in their last 66 Friday games. The Tigers are 48-117 in their last 165 overall and 19-47 in their last 66 road games.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 5-0 in their last five Friday games and 9-1 in their last 10 home games. The White Sox are also 6-1 in their last seven during game one of a series and 8-1 in the last nine home games versus a team with a losing record.
Pick: I’m still leaning White Sox here, but this one could be closer than a lot of people think. Giolito is 5-2 versus the Tigers over his career with a 4.17 ERA. He’s also got a 1.71 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 21 innings over his past three starts at Guaranteed Rate Field. As for Mize, he’s given up three earned in three of his last four starts, so there should be some room for the White Sox to work with here.