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The Detroit Tigers head to Chicago to take on the White Sox Friday in the first game of a three-game series. The Tigers are 12-11 while the White Sox are 9-14. Left-hander Daniel Norris (1–0) is getting the start for the Tigers while left-hander Carlos Rodon (3-2) gets the ball for the White Sox. Game time is 8:10 p.m. ET at Guaranteed Rate Park.
Tigers take care of business in Boston
The Tigers took 2 of their first 3 games against the Red Sox in Boston. In the first game of a doubleheader, the Tigers beat the Sox 7-4 then followed that up with a 4-2 win in the nightcap. On Wednesday, the Red Sox bats woke up and blasted Detroit 11-4. Starter Tyson Ross (1-3) got hit for 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings to take the loss. Reliever Jose Fernandez gave up 7 runs in the 7th to blow the game wide open. There weren’t many bright spots for Detroit other than Miguel Cabrera, who got his 2,700 career hit and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Dustin Peterson had a pinch hit a 2-run double in the 9th when the game was long over.
The Tigers average 3.3 runs per game, which is 28th in the MLB. They hit just .228 as a team, which is 24th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .362, which is 27th. The Tigers have a team ERA of 3.58, which is 6th in the MLB. They have a team WHIP of 1.21, which is 7th in the league. Niko Goodrum leads the Tigers with an average of .243 with 2 HR and 9 RBIs. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .279 while Nick Castellanos is hitting .247. Christin Stewart leads the team with 3 HRs and 13 RBIs. Daniel Norris gets the start for the Tigers. The lefty is 1-0 on the year with an ERA of 2.70. He has a WHIP of 1.28.
Sox lose 2 of 3 in Boston
The Chicago White Sox lost 2 of 3 to the Orioles to fall to 9-14. They are in 4th place in the AL Central, 4.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins. On Wednesday they lost 4-3. Ervin Santana took the loss, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 4.2 innings. A solo home run by Steve Wilkerson in the 4th proved to be the difference-maker as it gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead. Jose Abreu hit an RBI double in the 9th to make it 4-3, but Orioles closer Jose Ruiz shut the door for the save. James McCann went 3 for 5 for Chicago while Abreu had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with 2 HRs and 2 RBIs. Leury Garcia also had a home run and an RBI.
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— Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca) April 22, 2019
The White Sox average 4.7 runs per game, which is 16th in the league. They have a team batting average of .249, which is 16th, and they have a slugging percentage of .410, which is 18th in the league. Their team ERA is 5.44, which is 27th in the MLB. Also, their WHIP is 1.46, which is 23rd. Tim Anderson is third in the major leagues with a batting average of .383. He has 4 HRs and 14 RBIs. Yoan Moncada is hitting .309 with 6 home runs and 18 RBIs, while James McCann is hitting .349. Leury Garcia is hitting 278 while Abreu has 4 HRs and 19 RBIs. Carlos Rodon gets the start for the White Sox. The left-hander is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.89 and a WHIP of 1.11.
- White Sox are 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games.
- White Sox are 7-2 in Rodons last 9 Friday starts.
- White Sox are 5-2 in Rodons last 7 starts with 6 days of rest.
- Tigers are 2-5 in Norris’ last 7 starts vs. American League Central.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Norris’ last 5 road starts.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Norris’ last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Norris’ last 5 starts.
- Tigers are 1-4 in Norris’ last 5 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the White Sox here. This is good pitching match up between Norris and Rodon. Rodon has been the White Sox only reliable starter so I like him to dominate the anemic Tigers lineup. Norris has been good, too, but the Sox have enough offensive firepower to get the win.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox -190
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. The over-under here is set way too high. Rodon has been the Sox best pitcher and Norris has been good, too. Both should keep this game in hand and close before handing off to the bullpens. The under is 7-0 in Norris’ last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 5-0-1 in his last 6 starts vs. American League Central. Also, the under is 4-1 in White Sox last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter and 6-0-1 in his last 7 starts during game 1 of a series.