Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick- 8/4/13
Chicago White Sox (40-68) at Detroit Tigers (63-45)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Andre Rienzo (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (8-6) (4.568)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -215 / Chicago White Sox +200 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-Detroit
The Chicago White Sox look to slow the playoff drive of the rival Detroit Tigers.
The White Sox have been reduced to being spoilers for quite some time, but they weren't succesful in that role Saturday in a 3-0 defeat at the American League Central leading Tigers. That saddled Chicago with their 9th consecutive defeat behind an offense that is struggling to put up runs. The bats continued to struggle Saturday and that ruined a strong performance on the mound from John Danks, who gave up all three runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings pitched. The offense failed to get anything going with only four hits and three BB to their credit. Rookie Andre Rienzo makes his second career start when he faces off with the Tigers on Sunday. Rienzo was solid in his major league debut, with three unarned runs over seven frames of a 7-4 (ND) loss to Cleveland.
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It took Detroit a while, but they have been playing great baseball and have begun to flex a bit of muscle in the American League Central. Following Saturday's win over the rival White Sox, the division-leading Tigers have won seven in a row and ten of eleven, with both the arms and bats on the same page more often than not. Starter Max Scherzer racked up another victory with three hits and three free passes issued over 7.2 shut out innings. The offense didn't pound the ball, but made that a winning effort on a six hit, two walk attack that saw Jose Iglesias, Jhonny Peralta and Torii Hunter slam solo homers. A surging Rick Porcello is scheduled to be on the hill to face the White Sox on Sunday. Porcello has logged quality starts in eight of ten and is riding a four-game winning streak.
I won't pretend to know what to expect from Rienzo and to be honest, Porcello is a time bomb in my view. He has been throwing the ball well and the Tigers get my vote, but laying juice on him scares me...