He Chicago White Sox (21-31) and detroit tigers (23-25) meet Friday for the second game of a 4-game series at Comerica Park. The first release is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET (Apple TV+). Let’s break down the FanDuel Sportsbook lines around the White Sox vs. Tigers odd and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.
Season Series: Detroit win 1-0
Chicago mustered just 4 hits in a 7-2 series-opening loss on Thursday. The White Sox entered the series with a .542 OPS in their last 7 road games.
Detroit won 2 of 3 contests from the Kansas City Royals in a Monday-Wednesday set in KC, so the Bengals are now 3-1 in their last 4 games. That comes on the heels of a 3-5 stretch from May 12-21, where Detroit posted a .594 OPS.
White Sox on projected Tigers starters
RHP lance lynn against LHP joey wentz
Lynn (3-5, 6.28 ERA) is making his 11th start. He owns a 1.47 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9 and 10.5 K/9 through 57 1/3 IP.
- Has held current Detroit hitters to a .543 total OPS
- Has pitched 6+ innings in 4 of his last 5 starts
- He’s been hurt by a .344 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), a 63% left-on-base rate, and a 19.7% home run/fly ball (HR/FB) mark.
Wentz (1-4, 7.45 ERA) is scheduled for his 10th start. He has posted a 1.63 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9 and 7.2 K/9 through 38 2/3 IP.
- Posted a 3.03 ERA over 32 2/3 IP as a rookie in 2022
- Last start: Loss, 2 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 0 BB, 1 K, in a 6-4 road loss at the Washington Nationals on Sunday
White Sox vs. Tigers
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- money line: White Sox -152 (bet $152 to win $100) | Tigers +128 (bet $100 to win $128)
- Running Line (RL)/Against the Spread (ATS): White Sox -1.5 (+112) | Tigers +1.5 (-134)
- More/Less (O/U): 8.5 (W: -120 | U: -102)
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White Sox on Tigers picks and predictions
White Sox 5, Tigers 3
Chicago’s schedule was tough early on, and that has the White Sox a couple of pegs lower in the standings than they should be.
Detroit is 8-4 in 1-run games, usually an indicator of regression when not aligned with overall winning percentage, and the back of its bullpen enters overused territory on Friday.
Chicago’s bullpen has done well in taking ground balls and avoiding hard contact. His .318 BABIP and 14.9% HR/FB rate are indicators that his 5.21 ERA is headed for better days.
Lynn has really been hit on the margins. A couple of highly respected expected ERA numbers put him at perhaps 2 1/2 runs better than her surface ERA shows.
Chicago is thin, but it’s only a viable leverage play at -145 or better. Otherwise, APPROVE.
Running line/Against the spread
Chicago’s offense has struggled of late with a .652 OPS since May 10, so there is some risk here. But WHITE SOCKS -1.5 (+112) worth a partial unit look (fully conferred at +120).
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With offenses on the line, a rebound from Lynn gives the Under a value opportunity. BACK TO SUB 8.5 (-102).
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