Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-74)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 30, 2014, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox +105 / Detroit Tigers -115 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox will play game two of a doubleheader Saturday night.
The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last six games and are 13 games above a .500 record. The Tigers offense is back to carrying the way, producing four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Tigers have won nine of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Torii Hunter has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.07, which is 23rd in the majors. Kyle Ryan makes his major league debut in this game. Ryan was 37-39 with a 3.58 ERA and had 438 strikeouts in 651.1 innings in the minors.
The Chicago White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games and have dropped to 14 games below .500. The White Sox pitching has a lot to do with the struggles, allowing four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.40, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has a nine-game hitting streak and Adam Dunn has an RBI in three straight games. Chris Bassitt will also make his major league debut in this ball game. Bassitt was 22-10 with a 2.97 ERA and had 303 strikeouts in 318 innings in the minors.
The Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The White Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central.
Two rookie pitchers making their first major league start? You might as well flip a coin. However, it's no secret the Tigers do have the better team and the better lineup. I'll take the Tigers in this spot, but we're basically walking in blind.