The White Sox are carrying a 1.5 game lead in the AL Central standing over the Twins and lead today’s opponent by an eight-game margin.
Chicago White Sox (61-46) at Detroit Tigers (53-54)
Detroit opened as a -135 favorite at Sportsbook.com and currently sits at -141, while the total stands at 8.5.
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Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, including Wednesday’s 4-1 victory, bouncing back from a 7-1 loss the day before against the Tigers. With the victory, the White Sox matched a season-high of 15 games over .500. The club leads the season series 5-2 over Detroit and has outscored them by a 43-21 margin.
The starting rotation has been red-hot over the last 50 games, posting a 29-11 mark and 2.83 ERA, lowering the unit’s earned-run-average from 5.28 to 4.07. Chicago is 22-12 in day games this season (+1,080) and the total is 18-16 O/U in those contests. White Sox starting pitcher Freddy Garcia is 7-1 with a 4.09 ERA over his last 11 starts and brings an overall record of 10-4 into this contest. The right-hander is 18-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 28 career starts versus Detroit, with his 18 wins being the most against the Tigers by any active pitcher. He has gone 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts against them.
Detroit suffered its second loss of this four-game series on Wednesday, but has still proven victorious in 21 of the club’s last 30 games at home. For the first time all season, the team will wake up under .500 for the season. The Tigers have compiled a 36-19 record at Comerica Park (+1,550) and is second among all American League clubs with a .655 winning percentage at home in 2010. Against divisional foes, Detroit has posted a 17-22 mark in 2010 (-950) and 83-101 record the last three years (-3,940).
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer is 6-4 with a 2.62 ERA over his last 11 starts since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo. The right-hander is 7-8 overall with a 4.28 ERA in 20 starts this season. He is making his ninth start of the season during the day, going 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA. Scherzer will be toeing the rubber of his 10th home start, producing a 6-2 mark and 3.31 ERA at Comerica Park this year.
Bettors will take notice that the White Sox stand at an even 26-26 on the road this season and are 23-53 in their last 76 road games versus home teams with a .600+ winning percentage. Don’t go overboard in playing the Tigers, as the team is 0-5 in Scherzer’s last five starts versus divisional opponents.