Chicago White Sox (59-45) at Detroit (52-52), Game 1, 1:05 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: Detroit -160, Total: 8.5
Two clubs headed in opposite directions begin a four-game set in Detroit with a day-night doubleheader. The visiting White Sox are favored in the opener, having won six of their last seven, while the Tigers have dropped seven of eight and are just 4-15 in their last 19 games to fall to .500 for the season. However, at 35-17, the Tigers boast the best home record in the American League as they return from a seven-game road trip in which they faced AL contenders Boston and Tampa Bay. Vegas Odds
White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (9-8, 4.15 ERA) is 6-2 with a no-decision in his last nine starts. Rick Porcello (4-9, 5.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Tigers having dropped five straight decisions. He is also 0-2 with a 10.45 ERA in two starts vs. the ChiSox in 2010. Despite Detroit’s home field edge, the starting pitching matchup tilts considerably in Chicago’s favor. Also factor in the following Fox Sheets gem: Baseball Odds
CHI WHITE SOX are 21-5 (+18.5 Units) against the money line after a game where they stranded 3 or less runners on base over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHI WHITE SOX 5.7, OPPONENT 3.2 – (Rating = 4*) Betting Lines
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