Chicago White Sox (3-5) at Detroit Tigers (8-1)
|Date & Time||Friday April 17, 2015, 1:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers / Chicago White Sox --- Over/Under:
CSN-CHI, FSN-DET, MLB Network
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers begin a three-game series Friday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox look to keep rolling after winning three of their last four games. The White Sox are a decent team when their pitching staff shows up, as they’ve allowed four or less runs in four straight games. The White Sox, however, allowed a combined 21 runs in their first three games. Offensively, Avisail Garcia leads Chicago with eight hits, while Alexei Ramirez and Adam LaRoche have combined for nine RBI. The Chicago White Sox need more consistency from their pitching staff if they hope to keep stringing wins together. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Samardzija’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers look to stay hot after getting off to an 8-1 start. The Tigers are being led by an offense that’s topped four or more runs in seven of their first nine games. Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit with 16 hits and nine RBI, while Ian Kinsler J.D. Martinez have combined for 17 RBI. Pitching wise, the Tigers pitching staff has posted back-to-back shutouts in their last two games. The Detroit Tigers have shown to be one of the top teams in the country and have a deadly combination of offense and pitching. David Price takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Price is 4-5 with a 3.62 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 8-20 in their last 28 road games and 9-23 in their last 32 vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 6-2 in their last 8 games following an off day and 4-1 in Prices last 5 starts. The White Sox are 11-29 in the last 40 meetings in Detroit.
Hard to pick against the Tigers, especially with Price on the mound. The Tigers are just too good offensively and Price has been automatic for much of his time in Detroit. The White Sox are too inconsistent.