Tigers vs White Sox

Tigers vs White Sox – MLB Odds & Picks

Written by on August 20, 2020

The AL Central rival Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox play a getaway day game on Thursday to close out their series from the Windy City and it’s nationally televised. The Pale Hose are heavy favorites on the MLB odds behind ace Lucas Giolito.

How to Bet Tigers at White Sox MLB Odds & TV Info
  • When: Thursday, 2 PM ET
  • Where: Guaranteed Rate Field
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Spencer Turnbull/Lucas Giolito
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Stream/gameday audio: https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/
  • Opening MLB Lines: White Sox -188, Tigers +173 (total 8.5)
Why Bet on Detroit?

This has been a week for Tigers fans to get a glimpse of a potentially brighter future as the team’s top two pitching prospects made their MLB debuts: Casey Mize (2018 No. 1 overall pick) on Wednesday vs. the White Sox and Tarik Skubal on Tuesday.

Skubal appeared to be on the verge of a nightmarish first inning, serving up three consecutive hits, including a leadoff homer to Tim Anderson, before getting a double-play ball off the bat of Eloy Jimenez and a line-out from James McCann to escape the frame without any major damage. Skubal surrendered four runs on seven hits over two innings.

Outfielder Harold Castro suffered a hamstring strain while running out a groundout in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the White Sox and is expected to miss a while. The versatile 26-year-old has a .743 OPS through 33 plate appearances this season. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been a nice surprise for the Tigers this year. Schoop ranks tied for third in the American League and tied for fourth in the Majors with three games of three-or-more hits. Schoop has been a consistent performer for the Tigers on the road this season, batting .333.

It’s Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 2.78) on the mound Thursday. Turnbull coughed up three runs over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday in a loss to the Indians. Turnbull had some issues with his control in this one, matching a season-high with four walks. He gave up six hits, including a two-run double to Jose Ramirez in the third inning and an RBI double to Carlos Santana, before exiting in the fifth. The 27-year-old owns a respectable 1.24 WHIP and 21:11 K:BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He’s made tremendous strides in terms of run prevention and hasn’t allowed a home run yet.

Turnbull continues to be the best starter in the Tigers’ rotation so far this season, but Cleveland showed the blueprint for beating him by making him work through eight full counts in his last start.

Why Bet on Chicago White Sox?

The Sox have one of the best-looking rookies in the game in outfielder Luis Robert, but the team got a score Tuesday when Robert left vs. Detroit to an apparent injury. Robert made a diving attempt at a ball in the outfield in the top of the seventh inning and was replaced in center by Luis Gonzalez to open the top of the eighth. X-rays turned up negative on Robert’s right hand.

The hyped prospect has more than lived up to the billing in his first major league season, and has emerged as a serious American League Rookie of the Year candidate. Through the initial 95 plate appearances of his career, Robert had slashed .276/.330/.517 (130 wRC+) with five home runs, four stolen bases and 1.1 fWAR.

On Tuesday, Tim Anderson became the first player in the majors to hit three leadoff homers in the span of six games since Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. hit four in a five-game span from 8/11-14/18. Anderson became only the fifth player in major-league history to record a leadoff home run in three consecutive games vs. an opponent and first since Acuna Jr. lead off four straight games with a homer against Miami from 7/31-8/14/18.

It’s ace Lucas Giolito (1-2, 4.88) on the mound. Giolito took the loss in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, allowing five runs — four earned — over five innings. Giolito was the victim of some bad luck and poor play but didn’t really get hit hard. The Cardinals struck four a four-run first inning that included a pair of HBPs by Giolito and a couple of well-placed singles to plate runs. A tough fielding error on Jose Abreu allowed another run to score in the fourth.

Giolito has allowed 15 earned runs over five starts this season, and eight of them have scored in the first inning. Through five starts, Giolito isn’t following up on his breakout 2019 campaign particularly well, with his 27.4 percent strikeout rate largely being offset by a 12.8 percent walk rate.  He has fanned 32 over 27 2/3 innings, but he also has issued 15 walks.

Expert PredictionWhite Sox 4, Tigers 3