The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox will get together for the start of a three game series on Friday. Both teams play out of the American League Central; and both are competing for the divisional title. The Detroit Tigers come into Friday’s game in first place, as they lead Chicago and Cleveland by 5.5 games. The Tigers lost on Thursday, but have still won six of their last ten games overall. Chicago comes into the game as winners of seven of their last ten games, but took a loss on Wednesday to snap a winning streak. The Tigers will send Justin Verlander to the mound, and the White Sox will counter with left hander John Danks. These two teams will get together at the US Cellular Field in Chicago on September 12-14th.
Detroit Tigers (-193)
Justin Verlander has been the best pitcher in all of Major League Baseball this season. Verlander, unless he has a September collapse, will win the American League Cy Young award. Verlander is 20-5 on the season, and has an earned run average of 2.38. Verlander has started 29 games this season, completing four games. The right hander is coming off a win at Minnesota, which he pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs. Verlander has won his last eight starts. The Detroit Tigers have been one of the best hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball. The Tigers rank 3rd in batting with a .270 batting average, and 6th in runs scored with 614. Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit with a .327 batting average, as well as 24 homeruns and 85 runs batted in.
Chicago White Sox (+183)
The White Sox are hoping this is the series they can make a serious run, and allow the last 20 games of the season to be enjoyable. The White Sox are batting .254 as a team, led by veteran first base men Paul Konerko. Konerko is batting .317, with 28 homeruns and 92 runs batted in. The pitching for Chicago has been average, with a 3.72 earned run average, while their starting pitchers have recorded 78 quality starts. John Danks takes to the mound with a 6-9 record. Danks started the season 1-8, but has won five of his last six decisions. Danks is coming off a great start on August 27th in Seattle, where he pitched a complete game, allowing just 3 hits and no runs. Chicago has been out scored on the season 546-544.
The White Sox are desperately looking for a win against the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. The White Sox offense has some fire power, but also strike out way too much. That is not a good combination mixed with the best strikeout pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. The Detroit Tigers should win this game quite easily, as they get to John Danks on the offensive side, and see Justin Verlander pitch another great game. Bet the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
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