Chicago White Sox (15-32) at Detroit Tigers (21-28)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 26, 2018, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -135 / Chicago White Sox +115 --- Over/Under: 9
The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers square off in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 5-4. Tim Anderson led the White Sox with a pair of RBIs, going 3 for 4 with a home run. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson each had an RBI with Abreu going 2 for 5 with a double. Yoan Moncada added a double of his own, while Yolmer Sanchez, Daniel Palka, Adam Engel and Charlie Wilson each had base hits of their own in the losing effort. Reynaldo Lopez gave up two runs on five hits while striking out three over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Bruce Rondon notched his first blown save of the year while taking the loss to fall to 2-3 this season. Hector Santiago will start game two and is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Santiago is 3-6 with a 3.42 ERA and 74 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to build some steam after their series opening win on Friday. Nick Castellanos led the way, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Leonys Martin went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jeimer Candelario and Victor Martinez each added RBIs as well in the win. Jose Iglesias went 2 for 2 with a double while John Hicks added a base hit as well in the victory. Mike Fiers went 5.2 innings, giving up all four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Buck Farmer got the win to improve to 1-3 this season, while Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 12th save of the year. Francisco Liriano will start game two and is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Liriano is 6-4 with a 4.39 ERA and 68 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 6-20 in Santiago’s last 26 starts and 17-41 in their last 58 road games while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall. Detroit is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 18-39 in their last 57 division matchups while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Chicago is 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Backing either of these teams long term is not a good strategy to build your bankroll if we’re being honest. However, the Tigers have been playing better as of late and while Liriano has had his bumps this year, you could argue that he’s been one of the top two arms in the Tigers’ rotation, including eight shutout innings in his last start. I still don’t really trust Santiago and the White Sox, so I’ll lay the juice with the Tigers to push for the sweep on Sunday.