Chicago Playoff Hopes On Life Support
The Chicago White Sox come into this weekend on the outside looking in in the American League Wild Card race.
They face the Detroit Tigers for the second straight day, though they did a poor job of taking advantage of the opportunity to get a win against the Tigers on Friday.
Here, the MLB lines at the sportsbook have the White Sox as favorites to get a win at home again, but they will need to execute better to beat an upset-minded Tigers team.
Detroit Tigers Look To Continue Spoiler Role
Coming into the final stretch of the regular season, the Detroit Tigers have nothing to play for in terms of the postseason.
But they have taken pride in playing the role of spoiler for their rivals in the late stages of the season, as evidenced by their win over the White Sox on Friday. Detroit took the lead in the seventh inning on Friday and never gave it up, winning 5-3 to deal a crucial blow to Chicago.
“Once we were eliminated, it sucks,” Spencer Torkelson said. “But you can put your tail between your legs and just mope around the rest of the season. Or you can go out there trying to ruin someone else’s season.”
For the Tigers to get a second straight victory over the White Sox, they will need a decent performance out of Drew Hutchison. Hutchison has struggled, going 2-9 with an ERA of 4.59 ERA.
He has allowed more than a hit per inning this season and will need to reign that in against a Chicago team that is capable of putting up crooked numbers despite their recent poor play.
Chicago Searching for Slump Buster
The Chicago White Sox have fallen apart over the last few days, losing four straight contests coming into Saturday night.
That has kept them from gaining ground in the American League Wild Card race, as they sit 6.5 games back of the final Wild-Card spot. Here, the White Sox look to get back into the win column against a Tigers team they have had success against for the most part this year.
The White Sox got off to a slow start against the Tigers on Friday, giving up three runs in the first two innings. That forced them to play catch-up, which they had to do again after the Tigers broke the deadlock between them in the seventh inning.
Davis Martin is tasked with starting this game for the White Sox. Martin has gone 2-4, with an ERA of 3.78, as he heads into the biggest start of his young professional career.
While Martin’s numbers have by no means been elite so far this season, he has a clear advantage over the struggling Hutchison, which has made the White Sox a clear favorite coming into Saturday’s action.
Tigers vs White Sox Head-to-Head
While the Tigers got the win in the first game of this series, those making MLB picks on this game should note that the White Sox have dominated this season series for the majority of the 2022 season.
Chicago has a 12-5 edge over the Tigers in the 17 games they have played so far, as the White Sox look to take advantage of their superiority to Detroit to get a much-needed win.
Tigers vs White Sox Game Information
- Game: Tigers (58-92) vs White Sox (76-75)
- Location: Guaranteed Rate Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, September 24, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Tigers vs White Sox Betting Lines
|+145||8½ -115o||3½ -120u|
|White Sox||-1½ +120||-165||8½ -105u||4½ -115u|
Tigers vs White Sox Prediction
While those betting online on this contest will see that the White Sox are clearly better than the Tigers this season, there is some value on the underdog here.
Detroit is clearly relishing the spoiler role late in the season, while the confidence of the White Sox is in shambles coming down the stretch.
While it may be a tough bet to stomach, the best MLB bet for this game is the Detroit Tigers to come away with another upset win over the White Sox.