Detroit may appear a bit sluggish in the early stages of this matchup, as it was handed a 5-3 defeat by the Boston Red Sox as -125 road favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, while going 'over' the betting total for the fourth time in five opportunities. The Tigers are 2-5 in seven games this month, while they’ve allowed an MLB-high 44 runs in the ninth inning due to bullpen issues. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 25-34 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125.
Chicago went 2-4 on its recently completed road trip, which ended with a 4-2 setback to the Los Angeles Angels as +152 underdogs, while going 'under' the betting total for the seventh time in 10 affairs. The White Sox need first baseman Jose Abreau to get going again offensively in hopes of turning things around, as he’s tallied just a single hit in his last 12 at-bats. MLB handicappers will find that the Chicago White Sox is 5-8 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 during the 2014 campaign.
Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69 ERA) has alternated wins and losses in his last four efforts, as he comes off a 8-2 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays—giving up three runs and six hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander is 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA in six road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .250 against him. Porcello has put together a stellar 9-1 record, and 2.36 ERA in his last 13 starts in this rivalry, with Detroit coming out on top 12 times over that span.
White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive wins, including a 4-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Tuesday—allowing a single run and five hits over six frames.The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.46 ERA in eight home games (four starts), as he’s issued 11 walks and struck out 19 batters in 29.2 combined innings.Noesi has registered a 0-1 record and 8.31 ERA in two career starts versus the Tigers.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 6-0 in Porcello’s last six trips to the mound as a road favorite.
My Free MLB Pick: Bet on the Detroit Tigers