Detroit Tigers (55-83) at Chicago White Sox (56-82)
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 5, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox -155 / Detroit Tigers +135 --- Over/Under: 8
The Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB Action on Wednesday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to win the series after evening up the set at one win apiece following an 8-3 win in game two on Tuesday. Grayson Greiner led the Tigers with three RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a double, while Mikie Mahtook and Dawel Lugo each had two RBIs with Mahtook going 2 for 3 with a home run while Lugo went 2 for 4 with a double. Jim Adduci added an RBI to round out Detroit’s scoring in the win, while Victor Martinez and Niko Goodrum each had a pair of hits in the winning effort. Francisco Liriano got the win after giving up all three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out five to improve to 4-9 this season. Jordan Zimmermann will start game three and is 6-6 with a 4.22 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 5-4 with a 6.26 ERA and 43 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back and win the set after dropping game two on Tuesday. Yoan Moncada and Ryan Cordell each had an RBI while Ryan LaMarre added a double and Tim Anderson went 2 for 4 at the dish. Jose Rondon, Matt Davidson, Kevan Smith and Adam Engel each chipped in a base hit to round out the White Sox offense in the winning effort. Lucas Giolito took the loss, falling to 10-10 this season after allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits over just 1.1 innings of work. Michael Kopech will start game three and is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Kopech’s first career start against Detroit.
Detroit is 0-4 in Zimmermann’s last 4 road starts and 1-6 in their last 7 division matchups while the over is 20-6-1 in Zimmermann’s last 27 division starts. Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups and 5-1 in their last 6 game 3 matchups while the over is 10-4-1 in their last 15 division matchups. The over is 10-0 in Zimmermann’s last 10 starts against the White Sox.
I really liked what I’ve seen from Kopech up to this point, and in just 3 games he’s already a better betting option for me than Zimmermann who, while having a couple of one run starts here and there, has allowed 20 runs in 20.1 innings against the White Sox this season, for an 0-2 record and an 8.85 ERA. No thanks. The White Sox are still playing the better baseball of the two lately, and should have no problems winning this one behind another strong showing from Kopech.