May 4, 2012

White Sox vs. Tigers: Game 1 Betting Odds and Preview

The Chicago White Sox (12-13) and Detroit Tigers (12-12) will open up a three-game American League Central series on Friday night at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Tigers as slight -110 home favorites, while the total sits at 7.5 and faces downward pressure in the betting market.

Chicago has lost seven of its last 10 games, including a 7-5 home loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. The White Sox finished a disappointing homestand with a 2-5 record and are now 5-3 against divisional foes in 2012.

White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (3-1, 1.67 ERA) was recently named AL Pitcher of the Month for April, leading the club to four wins in five of his starts, which includes a 5-2 home victory over the Tigers on April 13. He allowed two runs and two hits over 6.2 frames in that contest.

The right-hander has tallied a 3-2 mark and 3.58 ERA over six career starts versus tonight’s opponent, as he looks to improve upon an even 1-1 record and 1.93 ERA in two outings at this ball park.

Sports bettors will find that the White Sox are 11-2 in Peavy’s last 13 starts when opening up a series, while the “over” is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in the Motor City.

Detroit has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, entering off a 3-2 home loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers are 22-31 when playing after an off day over the last two-plus years.

Drew Smyly (1-0, 1.23 ERA) has been sensational in his rookie campaign for the Tigers, allowing one earned run or less in his first four starts. He broke into the win column last time out, tallying a 7-5 road victory over the New York Yankees and giving up a single run and two hits over six innings.

The southpaw has yet to record a decision at home in two outings, allowing two runs and nine hits over 10 combined innings as he prepares to face the White Sox for the first time.

The Tigers are 3-2 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this year, with the “over” going 3-1-1 in those contests.

Weather forecasts suggest mostly cloudy skies and game-time temperatures in the mid-60s, with winds of 10-15 mph out of the northeast (left to right). 


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