MLB Betting – White Sox vs Tigers Preview & Pick
Thanks to a recent five-game winning streak, the Chicago White Sox aren’t quite out of the hunt in the American League Central.
Sunday Night Baseball Betting – White Sox vs Tigers Preview & Pick
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2011
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
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Money Line: Tigers -134
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Chicago White Sox (68-66 through September 1)
Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.05)
But they sure have to make their weekend set with the Tigers count.
Rock-solid Mark Buehrle gets the nod for the Pale Hose on Sunday Night Baseball. The model of consistency, he’s rattled off nine quality starts in his last 10 trips to the hill. Stretching it further, Buehrle has hit double-digit wins 11 seasons in a row. He’s sizzled since the All-Star break, going 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA over eight starts.
Buehrle got rocked in his lone other trip to Comerica Park this season, allowing six runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings.
Detroit Tigers (75-62 through September 1)
Max Scherzer (13-8, 4.52)
The Tigers aren’t in full coast mode yet but they’ve reached the point where they can probably win the AL Central simply by playing .500 ball and keeping the Indians and White Sox at bay for September.
On Sunday night, they’ll be loaded up with bats who historically feast on Buehrle. Victor Martinez is a .347 career hitter against him (25 for 72) with four homers and 13 RBI; Magglio Ordonez bats .447 off him; Delmon Young hits .333 with three homers in 39 at-bats versus Buehrle.
Which version of Max Scherzer will show up on Sunday night? The talented but enigmatic pitcher got rocked his last time out, allowing 10 hits, seven runs and three homers in just three innings against Kansas City.
Over is 7-2 in CHW last 9 road games.
Under is 6-2-2 in CHW last 10 Sun. games.
CHW are 11-5 in their last 16 road games.
Over is 12-4-1 in DET last 17 on grass.
Over is 6-2 in DET last 8 overall.
Over is 6-2 in DET last 8 home games.
CHW are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Detroit.
CHW are 5-15 in the last 20 meetings.
Free MLB pick:
As much as Scherzer struggled his last time out, he’s been very good against Chicago in his career. Over seven starts, he has just two wins, but he sports a 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 52 strikeouts over 51.2 innings. Over three starts against the White Sox this season, Scherzer has allowed just four runs in 22 innings for a 1.64 ERA.
Given that so many Detroit hitters have Buehrle figured out and how few White Sox hitters have solved Scherzer this season, a Detroit pick makes sense.
Sunday Night Baseball prediction: Tigers 5, White Sox 3