The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox are scheduled for their next to last game on the regular season slate for 2021. The White Sox are gearing up for the postseason, while the Tigers have vacations booked for a few days.
The White Sox are going into Saturday with a record of 92-68 following a 8-1 win at Guaranteed Rate Field. They were in postseason form with that win, as Lance Lynn pitched 5 strong innings with 4 hits and 1 earned run conceded.
The offense took care of the rest for the White Sox, as they scored 2 earned runs off Wily Peralta, and then blew things open with 4 hits and 3 earned runs against Bryan Garcia in less than an inning.
Tim Anderson is batting .352/.373/.598 (43-122) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 19 RBI, 28 runs scored and 12 multi-hit efforts over his last 27 games. pic.twitter.com/Lr48Kjo8Qv
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 2, 2021
That’s a team that appeared to be in postseason form and ready to begin the postseason now. They’re playing for something in these final two days, kind of. If the White Sox and Astros have a postseason series, then it might mean something.
The White Sox are currently a game behind the Astros for the second seed in the American League. The Astros would have homefield advantage given a series together. The Tampa Bay Rays have the keys to homefield advantage through the American League postseason.
They will look to finish the season with at least 100 wins, a win on Saturday or tomorrow against the Yankees would get that done. As I write this, they’re currently pummeling the Yankees by a score of 7-1, a night after they survived a late rally from the Yankees.
The Tigers aren’t going to the postseason, but laid down a stepping stone for next year. Expect a more competitive Tigers team that might be able to flirt with a wildcard. I think they’re another year off, but should at least be better next year.
They are going to give Matt Manning his last start of the season on Saturday. He is playing for a spot in the rotation next year. Lucas Giolito is expected to counter for the White Sox. Head below for our free Tigers vs. White Sox pick on October 2, 2021.
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Detroit Tigers||+1.5 (+118)||+236||Over 8.5 (-120)|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 (-138)||-264||Under 8.5 (+100)|
|Team Data||Detroit Tigers||Chicago White Sox|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.239||.257|
|Runs Per 9||4.40||5.16|
|Team ERA Away/Home||4.91||3.50|
Tigers vs. White Sox Prediction:
Matt Manning has been good in spots this season. He’s been pitching like an inconsistent rookie. That’s the best way to sum up his effort in 2021.
Manning has made 17 starts and has posted an ERA of 6.16 and a 1.57 WHIP. It sounds terrible, but Manning has been feast or famine.
He’s put together some quality outings this season. However, when he’s bad, he’s really bad and is prone to getting KO’d.
Manning is coming off one of those performances, as he gave up 4 hits and 6 earned runs in a 8-7 loss in Detroit. Manning also yielded 5 walks and a home run through 3.1 innings.
It was the second straight game that the White Sox had success against Manning. He allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs versus the White Sox on September 20.
The White Sox have been hitting .336 with a .436 OBP versus Manning. He’s been tagged for 11 RBIs in 43 at-bats. Expect to see the White Sox offense having another big outing as they tune-up for the postseason.
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 4-6
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games as an underdog
- 2-5 overall in their previous seven games versus a right-handed starter
- 4-9 overall in their previous 13 second game of a series
- 2-14 overall in their previous 16 games at Guaranteed Rate Field
- Matt Manning ERA (Last 3): 6.28
- Record (Last 10): 7-3
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games
- 9-3 overall in their previous 12 games at Guaranteed Rate Field
- 14-2 overall in their previous 16 games versus the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games when Lucas Giolito starts
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the NL Central
- Lucas Giolito ERA (Last 3): 2.35
Lucas Giolito has been in good form this season with an ERA of 3.58 and a 1.12 WHIP across 175.1 innings of work. He’s been hot since allowing 6 earned runs against the Royals on August 4. Giolito has given up 2 or less earned runs in seven of his last eight attempts since then.
Giolito is fresh off a standout performance against the Cleveland Indians. He lasted 6 innings with 5 hits and no runs allowed in a 5-2 win. In his previous three starts, Gilito has posted an ERA of 2.35 and a 1.17 WHIP through 16 innings. This is classic Giolito. He isn’t a Cy Young pitcher, but a consistent workhorse.
In his last three years, Giolito has recorded a 3.41, 3.48, and going into tonight with an ERA of 3.58. You usually know what you’re going to get from Giolito. In the second last tune-up for the postseason, expect the White Sox to go into the series final with a chance to sweep.