The Tigers and White Sox continue a weekend series on the Southside of Chicago on Saturday afternoon with Detroit sitting as big underdogs against Dylan Cease, but is Cease vulnerable?
The Tigers are hitting the ball as well as the team has all season long and will face Cease, who has been far off his Cy Young contention numbers last season. Can the team cash in as underdogs with Michael Lorenzen on the mound?
Let's check out the odds and get to a best bet:
Tigers vs. White Sox odds, run line and total
Tigers vs. White Sox prediction and pick
Cease continues to be priced like the pitcher he was the two seasons or so, but he hasn't been that this season, and the White Sox aren't close to the offense that its been in the same time. Cease's strikeout marks are down nearly two per nine innings and he is struggling to avoid hard contact with a home run rate north of 12%, up from 8% last season. Not to mention he is walking more than four batters per nine.
Cease runs into a Tigers lineup that is playing fine baseball. The team is 14th in on-base percentage over the last month and can challenge the White Sox starter to throw strikes.
Detroit has the lineup advantage over the White Sox, who are 29th in OBP in the same timeframe. This price is anchored by Cease's name, but Lorenzen has been just as good if not better, as he has a 3.50 ERA with a very low walk rate of only two per nine.
This number is too wide for a better team on the road, give me the Tigers.
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