Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers - 6/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (32-30) at Chicago White Sox (31-31)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Matt Boyd (0-1) (3.38) vs. J Shields (2-8) (5.06)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -114 / Detroit Tigers +104 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: WPWR, FSDT
On Monday in MLB action from US Cellular Field, the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox will be kicking off their early-week series.
The Tigers are fresh off a series against the Yankees. Both teams won once on Friday and Saturday, and in Sunday’s finale, Detroit took the series with a 4-1 win.
As for the White Sox, they just finished with the Royals. Chicago and KC also split their first two games, and on Sunday, the Royals managed a 3-1 victory to take the series.
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For Monday’s game, the Tigers will be giving the start to left-hander Matt Boyd. In his four games (three starts) so far, Boyd has produced a 3.38 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP for an 0-1 record. In his last start Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Boyd got out with a no-decision on one earned over 5.1 innings.
Detroit boasts a handful of recognizable names in their batting order. Ian Kinsler heads the charge on 78 hits with 53 runs, 13 homers and 42 RBI. Kinsler slapped a two-run homer on Sunday. Victor Martinez is also playing well with 72 hits, 24 runs and 35 RBI. Miguel Cabrera has 70 hits to his credit, along with 33 runs, 12 homers and 36 RBI.
The White Sox will be countering with right-hander James Shields on Monday. In 12 games with a 2-8 record this year, Shields has put up a 5.06 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP in 69.1 innings. Shields’ debut with the White Sox on Wednesday didn’t go well, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits in just two innings.
Thankfully, the Chicago batting order is more than capable of putting up runs. Melky Cabrera has been great on 64 hits with 28 runs and 29 RBI. Jose Abreu has also been a big contributor with 64 hits, 25 runs and 34 RBI. Abreu slapped a solo homer in Sunday’s game. Todd Frazier has a team-high 19 homers and 42 RBI but is lagging a little bit with a .211 BA. Frazier went 0-for-4 on Sunday.
The Tigers are 6-0 in their last six against the American League Central, and 0-6 in Boyd’s last six road starts. Detroit is also 6-13 in their last 19 road games and 7-2 in their last nine overall.
As for the White Sox, they’re 8-3 in their last 11 Monday games, and 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series. Chicago is also 1-4 in their last five home games against a left-handed starter, and 1-11 in their last 12 against the American League Central.
Neither Shields nor Boyd is doing anything for me these days, so I’ll take the very likely over here. I’ll also give a slight winning edge to the White Sox.