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White Sox open as moneyline underdog vs Tigers

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July 20, 7:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Chicago White Sox vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The Chicago White Sox are the top team in the AL Central, but can they stay there? This Friday they’ll open up a three-game set against their division rival Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Get MLB odds for the midseason division rumble today.

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Thanks to the production of a number of key bats, the White Sox have put forth one of the deadliest offenses in Major League Baseball. As of mid-July, a total of five players had topped 13 home runs while guiding the franchise up the World Series futures.

Now with 16/1 odds of winning the championship they’re growing harder to ignore in the chaotic American League.

Has Adam Dunn officially returned to prominence after a down year in 2011? Although he may lead the club (and the league) in dingers at this point in the season, he hasn’t been the only one heating up in the batter’s box.

Expect solid games all around this weekend when the Tigers try their luck as hosts. Detroit is, after all. the team next in line to take over the AL Central lead should the White Sox falter. The season may be a long one, but every win counts.

Chicago puts its faith in starter Jake Peavy to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 7-6. Getting the ball for the Tigers is Justin Verlander, who owns a 10-5 record on the season with a 2.43 ERA.

View Chi White Sox vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Detroit opened as -175 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Tigers at No. 4 in the American League and the White Sox at No. 5 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 6-rated American League offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game, against a White Sox defense that ranks No. 7 in the American League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Tigers have averaged 9.2 hits per game so far, more than White Sox batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Defensively, Chicago features the American League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the American League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -146 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Red Sox, who beat them 3-1 on Thursday behind a start from Clay Buchholz at Fenway Park.

In their last action, Detroit was a 5-1 winner at home against the Angels. Bettors on Detroit at -147 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Tigers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jerome Williams and the Angels 5-1 on Thursday at Comerica Park.

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Detroit are 5-5
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few White Sox at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Chi White Sox are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Detroit is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox
Detroit is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Detroit is 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing Chi White Sox

Next up:
Chi White Sox at Detroit, Saturday, July 21