Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/23/14
Chicago White Sox (10-11) at Detroit Tigers (10-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Andre Rienzo (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Drew Smyly (L) (0-1) (12.000)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -175 / Chicago White Sox +165 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Detroit
The Chicago White Sox square off with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Wednesday.
The White Sox struggled mightily in 2013 and needed to avoid a slow start at all costs to kick off the new season. I think they have accomplished that goal so far even though a winning record isn't on the menu right now. Chicago saw a modest two game winning streak end in Tuesday's 8-6 loss at Detroit. A late rally fell short but the effort of starter Charles Leesman was the real problem with six runs plated on nine hits over 2.2 frames. The bats did their damage on 13 hits and four free passes with Adam Dunn going deep and driving in two while Jose Abreu went solo. The White Sox send Andre Rienzo to the bump for the first time in 2014. Rienzo faced the Tigers once last season and threw the ball well in a 3-2 defeat with two runs plated in six innings.
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The Tigers are just about everyone's favorite to win the American League Central title once again and it's hard to argue that point with their potential on the mound and at the plate. Detroit received plenty of offense and a solid start from ace Justin Verlander in an 8-6 decision against the visiting White Sox Tuesday. Verlander gave up two runs through seven innings before Phil Coke made things interesting with three runs plated in the top of the 9th. The attack produced 15 hits and three bases on balls that saw Miguel Cabrera record three hits including a homer and three RBI's while Ian Kinsler drove in two runs. Drew Smyly will be on the hill for his second time on the season. Smyly looks to bounce back from an 11-6 loss to the Angels where he was charged with four runs on six hits over three frames.
There is not a whole lot to like about the pitching match up and I don't like Smyly as a huge favorite. I'll pass on this but would rather back the White Sox at the plus money or walk away. I'll look at the total in the meantime...