| | Chicago White Sox (73-52) at Detroit (81-45) 8-23-06
The Tigers go for their third straight victory over the White Sox when they send rookie Zach Miner (7-4, 4.15) to the mound against Freddy Garcia (11-8, 4.87) at Comerica Park.
Detroit has won the first two games of this series by the combined score of 11-1, including a 4-0 whitewash on Tuesday that moved Jim Leyland’s team 7˝ games ahead of Chicago in the A.L. Central. The White Sox still lead the season series 9-5, but the home team has won the last seven encounters.
Despite two wins over the last two nights, the Tigers are still just 5-9 in their last 14 games. Meanwhile, the White Sox have followed up a five-game winning streak by dropping seven of their last nine.
Detroit is 54-20 in its last 74 games as a favorite.
Garcia was blasted in Friday’s game at Minnesota, giving up five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, losing 7-3. The veteran righthander is just 1-4 in his last nine starts, and he’s surrendered three or more earned runs in eight of those outings.
Garcia is 5-5 with a 5.63 ERA on the road and 13-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 22 career starts against the Tigers. That includes a 2-0 mark and a 4.26 ERA in three games this year, with Garcia yielding three earned runs and pitching at least six innings in all three contests.
Miner is coming off a strong start against the Rangers, yielding two runs in six innings, but he didn’t receive any support from his offense and was charged with the 2-1 loss. The righthander has allowed three earned runs or more in six of his last eight trips to the mound, during which time his ERA has jumped from 2.57 to 4.12.
Miner is just 3-3 with a 5.35 ERA in seven starts at home. His only start against the White Sox came 10 days again in Chicago, and he allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, losing 7-3.
The under is 4-0 in Garcia’s last four starts against Detroit, while Miner’s lone start against the White Sox stayed low.
The under is on runs of 9-3-1 for Chicago and 11-2-1 for Detroit. Also, 26 of the last 32 meetings have stayed low, including an amazing 13 of 14 this season.
ATS ADVANTAGE: DETROIT and UNDER