Tigers righty Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA) comes in listed as road ‘chalk,’ facing White Sox southpaw Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85 ERA). Let's review the matchup for our MLB picks.
Chi-Sox start homestand hot
Chicago ended its weekend with two straight cashed tickets against the Atlanta Braves, capped by Sunday’s 3-1 victory as a 113 home dog. White Sox closer Addison Reed logged his 25th save, combining with the team’s middle relief to allow no hits in the final 3 1/3 frames of action.
Detroit began its road trip going 1-2 against the Kansas City Royals, avoiding a sweep with Sunday’s 4-1 triumph at minus 109 MLB odds. Tigers mates Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks both homered, while outfielder Andy Dirks notched two RBIs.
Scherzer logs first loss
Scherzer went into the All-Star break after his first losing decision, with Detroit’s 7-1 defeat as 153 home ‘chalk’ to the Texas Rangers. The July 13 affair saw Scherzer allow four runs on eight hits, departing after six innings.
White Sox second baseman drove in his side’s sole run, while finishing 1-for-4. Detroit’s Victor Martinez left six men on base, while mate Matt Tuiasosopo struck out twice in a 0-for-3 night.
Sale ends skid in Detroit
Sale has been idle since July 11, cashing as a 145 road dog in Chicago’s 6-3 victory over the Tigers. The 24-year-old gave up all three of Detroit’s runs over 6 2/3 frames, allowing two homers as part of 10 hits.
White Sox catcher Josh Phegley cracked a grand slam from the lineup’s No. 9 slot, while outfielder Alejandro De Aza poked a homer and double in a 3-for-5 afternoon. Detroit’s Matt Lindstrom and Matt Thornton each logged a hold, relieving Sale for 1 1/3 innings of setup work.
Back the White Sox at home
Bet365 opened Scherzer as a 119 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 7 ½ (OVER minus 115). The weather forecast in Chicago calls for an 85 degree night, with a 35 percent chance of thunderstorms.
I am adding Sale and Chicago to Monday’s sports picks, taking a home dog price of plus 110.
Sale has been stingy on his home hill, allowing a 0.83 WHIP and .223 OBP over seven starts. The two-time All-Star has held Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson to a combined career mark of 4-for-28, while slugger Prince Fielder has gone 2-for-12.
Scherzer has surrendered four homers over his last five road outings, while having some inconsistency against Chicago’s lineup last year. White Sox mates Adam Dunn and Jeff Keppinger have united for three long balls in a combined 27 at-bat’s facing Scherzer’s arm.
Chicago is 11-3 in Sale’s last 14 home starts, while cashing at a 5-2 clip in the hurler’s last seven spots as an underdog of plus 150 or less. Look for Robin Ventura’s club to collect again here, edging their rival in this opener.
Free Pick: Chicago White Sox +110