It is the third game of a four-game series since the teams played a doubleheader on Tuesday. This is a key series for Detroit as they try and make up some ground in the American League Central. The pitching matchup in this MLB wagering contest has Edwin Jackson making his first start for Chicago while the Tigers counter with Armando Galarraga.
Baseball wagering odds will likely favor the Tigers in this game simply because they are at home. Detroit has been far better at home this season than on the road. The question to be answered in this game is how well Edwin Jackson will do for the White Sox. He really did not pitch that well for Arizona. He is 6-10 on the season with a 5.16 ERA. He was shelled last time out against the Phillies as the Diamondbacks lost 7-1. In his last three starts, Jackson is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA. Jackson has had some success in his career against the Tigers, going 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA.
Galarraga is 3-3 on the season with a 4.28 ERA. He has not won at home since early July when he threw his almost perfect game. In his last three starts he is 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA. He is 1-2 in his career against Chicago with a 4.78 ERA. Galarraga is capable of having good outings but far too often he has been inconsistent.
Before yesterday’s doubleheader, the White Sox had won 11 of the last 20 vs. Detroit. Chicago’s overall numbers have improved in recent weeks as they have moved into the top 10 in both runs scored and in ERA. The Tigers numbers have slipped recently as they are 20th in runs per game and 23rd in ERA. This series against Chicago might be their last stand. If they would happen to lose three of four they could pretty much say good bye to their chances of making the playoffs. As it is, the Tigers have to catch both Chicago and Minnesota in the American League Central and that seems unlikely considering the injury issues that Detroit has.