Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (51-56) at Detroit Tigers (59-48)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
J Quintana (8-8) (2.89) vs. J Zimmermann (9-4) (3.95)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -135 / Chicago White Sox +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers continue their chase at an AL Central crown as they face off against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on Thursday.
The Chicago White Sox can feel their playoff hopes slipping away with each passing game as they are now a full eight games behind the second wild card spot in the American League with a little under two months until we hit October. Chicago was one of the best teams in the league to start the season but they have really gone on an ugly stretch and while they have had streaks of brilliance they really haven’t had the consistency of a playoff contender and they could be on the outs before we hit September. The South Siders turn to Jose Quintana in this one who has had a very strong season but he faces off against a Tigers side that is hitting the cover off the ball right now and are in hot pursuit of the Cleveland Indians for top spot in the AL Central.
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The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 ball games and have become the primary threat to the Indians for top spot in the AL Central and they have finally started playing like the World Series contenders many thought they were in the preseason. Detroit is led of course by Miguel Cabrera who continues to be one of the best hitters in baseball and they now have JD Martinez back in the lineup who will only make things better for the Cats who have a division crown within reach. Jordan Zimmermann will get the nod here to match up with Quintana and while he has been highly scrutinized at times this season he is 9-4 with a 3.95 ERA and a vital part of Detroit’s rotation.
The White Sox are 1-5 in their last six games, 1-8 in Quintana’s last nine Thursday starts, and 9-24 in their last 33 road games while the Tigers are 7-0 in their last seven overall, 25-10 in their last 25 home games, and 8-2 in their last 10 home games against a lefty. While Quintana to me is the better of the two pitchers here I think the Tigers are rolling and will be tough to slow down, even if it was Chris Sale every night.