Tigers vs. White Sox Series Betting Preview
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A pair of AL Central teams do battle, as the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers face off in a three-game set in the South Side of Chicago. The Sox have won six of the seven meetings between the teams this season.
The White Sox come into the series after visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chicago’s offense has been dominating this season, and the Tigers pitching staff will be in for a stiff challenge. The Tigers hosted the Milwaukee Brewers in a two-game set before having a double-header against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Detroit is a club that continues to hover near .500 and a potential playoff spot.
Looking at the World Series betting odds, the White Sox opened the season at +4000 to win it. Thanks to an offensive surge and solid pitching this season, you can now find them between +1400 and +1800. Knowing where the two teams sit and given that the White Sox are a very popular team right now, it makes sense that the White Sox are the favorites in this series if we look at the White Sox vs. Tigers odds.
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“South Siders” Surging
The White Sox rotation got on track after a slow start. The Tigers will have to deal with Lucas Giolito in this series. The White Sox ace has already thrown a no-hitter this season and he’s been sitting in the top five in strikeouts and innings pitched this season. There is a chance that left-hander Dallas Keuchel still pitches in this series despite battling a back issue.
In the White Sox bullpen, closer Alex Colome, Codi Heuer, and Evan Marshall have made this an exceptional unit, ranking in the top five in bullpen SIERA.
Offensively, the White Sox feature young, ascending position players in Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, and rookie Luis Robert. Shortstop Tim Anderson is in the conversation for AL MVP. Jose Abreu and the rest of this offense average about .53 runs per game, tops in the American League.
The Tigers entered the season expected to be one of the worst teams in MLB but they’ve managed to hover around .500 and remain in the playoff mix despite outlying numbers pointing to a regression on the horizon.
The team’s starting rotation has struggled as Spencer Turnbull, Matt Boyd, and a stable of rookies own a bottom-five SIERA. The Tigers bullpen hasn’t been much better and should be a factor when deciding whether or not to get on game totals in this series.
On offense, the Tigers have hovered in the middle of the pack in runs scored to this point. Jaimer Candelario, Jacoby Jones, and Johnathan Schoop lead a lineup that lacks power and consistent run-producing ability.
Expect the White Sox to be heavily favored across this series, so keep that in mind when you shop White Sox vs. Tigers odds.