Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 8/2/2013
Chicago White Sox (40-66) at Detroit Tigers (61-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -215 / Chicago White Sox +205 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Detroit
The Chicago White Sox look to derail the red hot Detroit Tigers in Friday's series opener.
If it seems that the White Sox can't buy a win these days it's because that's true. After Thursday's 6-1 defeat the hands of AL Central rival Cleveland, Chicago has lost 11 of 12 mostly because of either poor pitching or a lack of run support. It was a lack of both Thursday, with Chris Sale suffering through one of his poorer outings in 2013. Sale allowed five runs on ten hits through five innings pitched to fall to 6-11, despite a sub three ERA. Scoring continued to be a problem area, with the bats totaling five hits and three walks and the lone run plated on Alejandro De Aza's 13th home run. Left-hander Hector Santiago draws Friday's starting assignment against the big Detroit offense. Santiago has been a steady performer over his last five times out, but is only 0-1 with four no decisions.
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Whether the Tigers win the American League Central or not is something we'll just have to wait and see, but they are certainly racking up the wins. Following an 11-1 rout of visiting Washington, Detroit has won nine of ten and has been impressive in the process, wiith the runs flowing and the pitching controlling opposing attacks. That trend continued Thursday with starter Justin Verlander looking like his old self with the lone run given up on four hits and five bases on balls through six innings pitched. That was overkill, with the bats hammering out 15 hits and walking five times, with Torii Hunter and Alex Avila going deep and combining for five RBI's. Doug Fister takes the hill versus the White Sox, riding the momentum of a three game winning streak. In this span, he has given up just three earned runs on 12 hits and four BB covering 20 frames.
I think there are two questions to ask and the first is, would you lay the chalk with Fister, who I think can be hit or would you take a struggling team? I say no to both, but if forced to take a side it would be the hotter home squad...