There are a couple of good rivalry contests going on in the American League on Thursday. The Detroit Tigers face the Chicago White Sox in an AL Central clash, while the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees. This betting guide will give insight into recent trends to pin down some of the best value plays from that pair of contests.
Detroit Tigers (+200) vs Chicago White Sox (-275)
In two starts against Detroit this season, Chicago starter Dylan Cease is 2-0 and has given up just one run while striking out 16 in 10 innings pitched. In his last three starts overall, Cease is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched), earning him AL pitcher of the month for June. On the other side, Detroit starter Beau Brieske has a 7.36 ERA over his last three starts and is 0-5 on the road this season with a 6.09 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. These pitchers are going in opposite directions. Take the White Sox run line (-1.5, -120) in this one.
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The total has gone over in four of the six meetings between these teams, but those two unders came when Cease was starting. The under has also hit in five of Brieske’s last six overall and is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings between these teams in Chicago. Expect another sharp performance from Cease, and stay with the under (U8, -120) in Thursday’s game.
New York Yankees (-165) vs Boston Red Sox (+135)
New York has taken two of the three games in this series this season, but those were in the season-opening set for both teams. The Yankees have won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, and starter Gerrit Cole has been rocking lately with a 1.77 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in his last three starts. Boston has also lost four of its last six, and it looks like another good spot for the Yankees (-165).
The under has hit in 12 of the last 17 meetings and is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Boston. The total has also gone under in four of the last five overall for the Red Sox and in six of the last eight overall for the Yankees. Along with Cole’s solid play, Boston starter Josh Winckowski has also been difficult to get to. He’s got an ERA of 2.50 in his last four starts, and the under has hit in three of those. Expect another low total, and go under (U8.5, -105) again in this one.
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