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Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick 9/9/13

Detroit Tigers (82-60) at Chicago White Sox (57-84)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)

Max Scherzer (R) (19-2) (2.884) vs. Chris Sale (L) (10-12) (2.973)

The Line: Chicago White Sox +130 / Detroit Tigers -145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, CSN-Chicago

The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers face-off on Monday in Chicago in an A.L. Central matchup.

This has been a bad season for the Chicago White Sox and there isn’t much of a silver lining except that this team will get a lot younger look going forward. The White Sox are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 32-34 at home this season, and they are in last place in the A.L. Central. As a team, the White Sox are hitting .250 with Avisail Garcia hitting .320, Alexei Ramirez hitting .284, and Alex Rios hitting .277. For game one against the Tigers, the White Sox start Chris Sale, who is 10-12 with a 2.97 ERA on the season and 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in his last three starts.

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick 9/9/13

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The Detroit Tigers are looking to hold on in the AL Central and while they appear to be in good shape to do so, nothing is for certain. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 38-34 on the road this season, and they have a 5.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .287, with Miguel Cabrera hitting .353, Jhonny Peralta hitting .305, and Torii Hunter hitting .298. For game one in Chicago, the Tigers start Max Scherzer, who is 19-2 with a 2.88 ERA this season and 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his last three starts.

Chicago is 7-0 in their last seven games against the A.L. Central, 1-9 in their last 10 games as an underdog, and 17-7 in Sale’s last 24 home starts. Detroit is 5-1 in their last six games as a road favorite, 19-10 against the AL Central, and 42-15 in Scherzer’s last 57 starts. Detroit is 39-16 in the last 55 meetings of these two.

The White Sox just can’t be counted on, even with Sale going and I like Scherzer to get his 20th win of the year for the Tigers.

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