Bet White Sox +220 vs. Tigers for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:43 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 12:43 PM UTC

The Chicago White Sox pace the American League in runs scored, which makes them dangerous road underdogs against Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander Tuesday night.

Run parade
Chicago entered this series averaging a MLB-best 5.58 runs per game, as it picked up a  3-1 victory over Detroit as +179 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.5. 

The White Sox scored 106 runs in their first 19 games of the season, which is a major improvement in comparison to plating 89 runs in 25 games last April.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 14-31 as road underdogs of +125 to +150, with the UNDER going 24-19 in that situation.

Being aggressive
Detroit has failed to take advantage of its early-season schedule, as it has compiled a 9-7 record despite playing 11 games at this ballpark, but the roster is still getting acclimated to life under first-year manager Brad Ausmus. 

The Tigers led the majors with 33 stolen bases during Spring Training and have continued their thievery in the regular season—swiping 16 bags in 16 games.

MLB handicappers will find that the team is 24-20 as home favorites of -125 to -150 since the start of the 2012 campaign, with the OVER going 26-16-2 in those 44 opportunities.

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White Sox starting pitcher Charlie Leesman will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Chris Sale in the rotation, who has landed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career. 

The left-hander is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Charlotte this season, as he prepares to make his ninth professional appearance.

Leesman tossed two innings of scoreless baseball against the Tigers in a relief appearance on Sept. 10 of last year.

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08 ERA) has won back-to-back outings, including a 7-5 home victory over the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he allowed three runs (zero earned) and six hits over five innings of work. 

The right-hander has produced a 1-1 record and 1.89 ERA in three home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .233 against him.

In 29 lifetime games versus the White Sox, Verlander has gone 14-12 with a 4.03 ERA, including a 0-2 mark and 5.54 ERA in two starts last season.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the White Sox as one of their MLB betting picks, as the Tigers have dropped 12 of Verlander’s last 16 outings as a favorite.

Pick: Chicago White Sox +220


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