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Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick- 8/12/13

Detroit Tigers (70-46) at Chicago White Sox (45-71)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Doug Fister (R) (10-5) (3.503) vs. Chris Sale (L) (7-11) (2.772)

The Line: Chicago White Sox +115/ Detroit Tigers -125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, CSN-Chicago

The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers face off on Monday in Chicago in a battle of first place and last place in the AL Central.

The Chicago White Sox are having a season to forget as they have seldom even been competitive. The White Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 26-31 at home this season, and they are 25 games back in the AL Central. As a team the White Sox are hitting.248 with Gordon Beckham hitting .299, Alexei Ramirez hitting .285, and Alejandro De Aza hitting .275. The White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 4.02. For game one against the Tigers the White Sox start their All Star, Chris Sale, who has pitched well but doesn’t have the record to go with it. For the season Sale has allowed 123 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 161 over 149.1 innings for a 7-11 record and a 2.77 ERA.

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick- 8/12/13

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The Detroit Tigers are pulling away from the competition in the AL Central and they are thinking about the post season. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 32-28 on the road this season, and they have a seven game lead over the Indians. As a team the Tigers are hitting .281 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .365, Torii Hunter hitting .311, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57 with the starters at 3.46 and the bullpen at 3.83. For game one against the White Sox the Tigers start Doug Fister who has won his last four decisions. For the season Fister has allowed 152 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 114 over 149 innings for a 10-5 record and a 3.50 ERA.

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Chicago is 20-49 in their last 69 games, 16-35 following a loss, and 15-6 in Sale’s last 21 home starts. Detroit is 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road favorite, 32-13 in game one of a series, and 5-0 in Fister’s last five starts. Detroit is 38-14 in the last 52 meetings of these two.

The White Sox have been awful but this looks like one of the winnable spots for them in this series and getting them and Sale as a home dog is worth a mild play.

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