Max Scherzer will need to regain the form that made him a 20 game winner last season as he faces flame thrower, Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox (33-33). The Tigers (33-28) have won just 2 out of their last 10 games.
First pitch is set for tonight at 8:10 p.m. est at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. This game can be seen on MLB TV.
Sportsbook lists the White Sox as a -114 betting favorite and the total for the
game is listed at 7.
Bad Spot For Detroit?
The Tigers lead in the American League Central Division has dwindled away to just 2 games as the Kansas City Royals are hot on their heels.
Detroit is 2-8 in their last 10 games, are on a 3 game losing streak, and are coming off of an 8-2 loss in which Justin Verlander got beat to a pulp, allowing 7 runs on hits in just 5 2/3 innings. Now, they have to face a dominant pitcher in Chris Sale (5-0, .2.06).
Whenever there’s a thought of a pitcher to repeat what Nolan Ryan did in the past and pitch multiple no-hitters, Chris Sale comes to mind. I can remember when Sale and Matt Thornton were both relievers and the White Sox were thinking of who would win the job? Look at where Sale is now.
It’s not only a bad spot for the Tigers because they face Chris Sale, but Max Scherzer has been in a major funk.
In his last 4 starts, Scherzer has lost just 1 game thanks to the Tigers strong offense, but he’s been simply awful.
In these starts, he’s pitched a total of 26 1/3 innings and has allowed 20 runs and 40 hits. Against Chris Sale and his team being in a major slump, these numbers won’t cut it. Scherzer will need to regain the form from last season that made him one of the best pitchers in the game. He’s surrounded by a ton of offense and the best hitter in baseball in Miguel Cabrera; the opportunity is there for Scherzer.
Miguel Cabrera is back on track (12 HR, 52 RBI, .326 BA) after a slow start to the season, but surprisingly, Victor Martinez has been the best hitter on the Tigers squad.
Martinez is hitting .330 with 15 HR and 40 RBI on the season. Playing with Cabrera, he’s often overlooked, but Martinez has had a spectacular season and been on a tear as of late.
He’s currently on a 6- game hitting streak and has hit well off of Chris Sale. For his career, Martinez is 12 for 22 off of Sale with 1 HR and 3 RBI. We look at his splits and recognize that most of his production has also come on the road this season. Martinez is hitting a healthy .360 on the road with 8 HR and 25 RBI. This might not be the cakewalk that it appears to be for the mighty Chris Sale.
As good as Sale is and as poor as Detroit has played lately, the Tigers still scare me as a team. Add the Tigers to your MLB betting ticket as we expect Max Scherzer to find a way to pull off the mini-upset.
MLB Pick: Detroit +105 at 5 Dimes