Chicago White Sox (27-31) vs. Detroit Tigers (24-35)
June 13, 2022 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Tigers +112 / Chicago White Sox -122; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet Monday in MLB action from Comerica Park. Chicago is fresh off a series versus the Rangers. The Sox split the first two games in that set, then in the Sunday rubber match Chicago took a costly two-run loss. As for the Tigers, they played Toronto in their last series. Detroit also split the first two games, then in the Sunday game three Detroit lost in a shutout. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Chicago posted a nice 8-3 victory over the Rangers in the Friday opener, but then fell 11-9 in the Saturday game. In the Sunday rubber match the Sox lost starter Michael Kopech to a knee injury after just 13 pitches. Chicago ended up losing 8-6 with Johnny Cueto doing most of the pitching work.
For the starter job in the Monday opener, the Sox were originally going to send out Cueto. After his Sunday use Chicago will go with Lance Lynn. This will be Lynn’s season debut; he’s coming off a knee injury.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they took a tough 10-1 loss Friday to the Blue Jays but bounced back for a 3-1 win on Saturday. In the Sunday finale Detroit posted just two hits in a 6-0 shutout loss. Tarik Skubal managed 4.0 innings in the start with four earned on seven hits and two walks.
As the starting pitcher Monday the Tigers will go with Rony Garcia. In his 11 games (three starts) this year Garcia is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Across 28.0 innings he’s posted 21 hits, 14 earned, seven walks and 33 Ks.
The White Sox are 5-11 in their last 16 versus the AL Central and 2-5 in their last seven in game one of a series. The under is 5-2 in Chicago’s last seven Monday games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 12-25 in their last 37 Monday games and 7-3 in the last 10 versus a right-handed starter. The under is 45-21-3 in the Tigers’ last 69 on grass.
PICK: I’m going to try the Tigers. Chicago is pretty beat up right now; they had seven players on the Injured List before Kopech’s knee injury. Lynn’s return is certainly a blessing, but I’d imagine the Sox will be careful with him here. As for Garcia, he’s coming off a pretty solid start (5.0 innings; four hits; two earned; one walk) against the Yankees. If he can produce another one of those in the opener I think the Tigers will have a decent shot at a W. It’ll be a very interesting game regardless.