Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (32-31) at Chicago White Sox (32-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
J Zimmermann (8-3) (3.30) vs. M Gonzalez (1-1) (3.57)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +108 / Detroit Tigers -118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, FSDT
Up at US Cellular Field on Tuesday, we’ve got another installment of this week’s Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox MLB matchup.
This will be game two of a three-game set. In Monday’s opener, the White Sox posted a razor-thin, come-from-behind victory in the 12th inning, taking the game 10-9 on an Adam Eaton RBI single.
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On the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on the mound Tuesday. In his 11 starts this year, Zimmermann has posted an 8-3 record with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 71 total innings. On Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays, Zimmermann was beat up for seven earned runs in 4.2 innings.
The Detroit batting order is full of familiar names. Ian Kinsler sits atop the stat sheet with 80 hits, 55 runs, 14 homers and 44 RBI this year. Kinsler slapped a solo homer in Monday’s game. Victor Martinez is playing well also on 72 hits with 24 runs, nine homers and 35 RBI. Miguel Cabrera has 71 hits with 35 runs, 12 homers and 36 RBI.
As for the White Sox, they’ll be going with right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on Tuesday. In his eight games (seven starts) and 1-1 record this year, Gonzalez has put up a 3.57 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP over 40.1 innings. In a spot-start Thursday against the Nationals, Gonzalez was great on one run and three hits over six innings.
Thankfully, the Chicago bats are more than capable of scoring. Jose Abreu leads the charge on 66 hits with 27 runs, nine homers and 37 RBI. Abreu notched a two-run home run in the Monday game. Melky Cabrera is playing well also on 67 hits with 30 runs and 29 RBI. Todd Frazier leads the team in homers (19) and RBI (43) alongside a team-high 38 runs, but is hitting just .206 on the year.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games, and 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series. Detroit is also 4-0 in Zimmermann’s last four starts against the American League Central, and 8-3 in Zimmermann’s last 11 starts overall.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games, and 1-9 in their last 10 game twos of a series. Chicago is also 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 8-20 in their last 28 overall.
I like Gonzalez in the starting role here, but I don’t think he’ll get much help from the unpredictable White Sox offense. I’ll take the Tigers in another close game.