A winning streak will be on the line for the Detroit Tigers on Friday when they battle the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
White Sox at Tigers
GAME: Chicago White Sox (3-5) at Detroit Tigers (8-1)
DATE/TIME: Friday, April 17 – 1:08 PM EST
WHERE: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
LINE: 152, -165
TV: 1:08 p.m. ET, MLB Network, CSN Chicago, FSN Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 6.23 ERA) vs. Tigers LHP David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
PREDICTION: Tigers 6, White Sox 1
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The White Sox will give the ball to starter Jeff Samardzija in this one. Right hander Samardzija is 0-1 this season with a 6.23 ERA.
Meanwhile, it’ll be David Price who starts for the Tigers. Left hander Price is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA so far this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Tigers listed as 170-moneyline favorites versus the White Sox, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.
The Tigers were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +134 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Price is off to a sizzling start in his first full season with the Tigers as he’s yet to allow an earned run in 14 1/3 innings of work. The 29-year-old struck out five batters over 8 2/3 innings in the Opening Day win against the Minnesota Twins before fanning six over 5 2/3 in a no-decision versus the Cleveland Indians on April 11. Price signed a one-year deal worth $19.5 million in January and it seems to be money well spent for Detroit as he looks to extend his 21 2/3 inning scoreless streak, which dates back to last season.
Team record: 8-1
Detroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games at home
Chicago was a 4-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Indians. They lost as +120 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura moved Samardzija in the rotation to ensure that the eighth-year pro gets a crack at the Tigers for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old is still looking for his first win with the White Sox after he lost his debut at the Kansas City Royals on Apr. 6 before giving up eight hits and four earned runs against the Minnesota Twins five days later. Samardzjia has retired 10 of the last 12 batters he has faced and hopes the trend continues as he tries to shut down Detroit’s explosive offense.
Team record: 3-5
Chi White Sox is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 6 games
Chi White Sox is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Chi White Sox is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Detroit