The AL Central is supposed to be the Cleveland Indians for the taking this season, but if early performances are anything to go by, they are going to have a bit of a fight on their hands. Admittedly, the Indians are not off to the kind of start that everyone expected, and while they are still sitting at the top, only 2 games separate the top 4 teams in the division. The Chicago White Sox are just a half game back of the lead, while the Detroit Tigers are a half game back of Chicago. Things may get tighter still this weekend, as the White Sox will be hitting the road to take on the Tigers in what should be a fun series to watch. There is still the feeling that the Indians are going to get better and start to open up a lead at the top, so it’s important that these two keep winning so that they will be able to keep pace with last season’s World Series runners-up. Find out more about the updated MLB betting odds here.
In Depth Analysis On The White Sox At Tigers 2017 MLB Expert Predictions
When: Saturday, April 29 at 1:10 PM EST
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
Starting Pitchers: Derek Holland Vs Michael Fulmer
TV: CSN-C, FS-D
Radio: WLS 890, 97.1 The Ticket
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: Detroit Tigers -1½ (+165)
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox
The White Sox (11-9) have clawed back from a bit of a rough start to get back over .500, thanks in large part to a 4-game winning streak that they have put together coming into this weekend. After only scoring 1 run in 3 consecutive losses, the bats have suddenly come to life in Chicago, with the White Sox hammering home 33 runs during this win streak. This is a very good sign for the White Sox, as they have been solid defensively through their opening 20 games, surrendering just 69 runs. They are getting some quality starts from their pitching staff, and will be handing the ball to Derek Holland (2-2, 1.99 ERA) on Saturday afternoon.
Why bet on the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers (11-10) have put together a winning record despite being one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. Through the first 20 games of the season, only the San Diego Padres have surrendered more runs than Detroit. The one thing that is keeping the Tigers afloat at the moment is their ability to generate offense. They have scored 104 runs so far, but you have to feel that if thy continue down their current path, their inability to keep opponents off the board is eventually going to catch up with them. The Tigers have lost back to back games heading into this series, and could start to lose touch of they can’t take some wins from these divisional games. Michael Fulmer (2-1, 2.88 ERA) will be on the mound for Detroit.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a good pitching match-up that we have for the Saturday afternoon matinee, and I believe that Derek Holland is pitching well enough to slow down this red-hot Tigers offense.