The Detroit Tigers (17-18) and Chicago White Sox (17-19) will continue an American League Central series on Tuesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 ET
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Detroit suffered a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox last night, as the team concludes a nine-game road trip with today’s contest. The Tigers have posted a 25-15 record on the road dating back to Aug. 11, 2011, which is third in the majors in terms of winning percentage (.625) over that span. The club has also managed to win 24 of the last 34 games in this series, with the offense hitting .301 with 198 runs scored. Detroit is 9-9 in day games this year, and the “under” is 12-5 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (2-3, 5.73 ERA) is coming off a 10-6 road win over the Oakland Athletics, giving up two runs and five hits over 6.1 innings of work, but also managed to surrender a home run for the third consecutive game. The right-hander has compiled an even 2-2 mark and 4.30 ERA in four road starts, issuing 11 walks and striking out 27 in 23 frames. In 10 career games versus the White Sox, Scherzer has garnered a 3-4 record and 2.39 ERA, but received a no-decision in a 3-2 home loss against them on May 5 (7 IP, ER).
Chicago certainly benefited from Detroit’s inability to capitalize with runners in scoring position on Monday night, as the club improved to 10-9 against divisional foes this year. “That was a good win,” commented White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn. He managed to launch his 12th home run of the year, moving him past last year’s total that took him 122 games. The club is still just 4-9 over the last 13 games in this rivalry, while dropping five of eight at home. Chicago is 14-12 versus right-handed starters this year.
White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (4-1, 1.89 ERA) got back on the winning track after the club dropped his previous two outings. collecting an 8-1 road win over the Cleveland Indians, allowing just a single run and seven hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three home outings, with opponents hitting just .130 against him. In seven career starts versus the Tigers, Peavy has tallied a winning 3-2 record and 3.57 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 3.14 ERA in two outings this year.
Bettors will likely back the White Sox due to their 5-0 mark in Peavy’s last five starts as a favorite of -110 to -150, while the Tigers are 1-5 in Scherzer’s last six efforts as a road underdog.