August 4, 2016
There is one pick today.
Take Chicago White Sox (+113) on the ML against Detroit Tigers risking 3% to win 3.39%.
(Quintana and Zimmermann must start for wager to have action)
There is no question that the Detroit Tigers have looked like world beaters yesterday as their victory last night extended their win streak to 8 straight games. That being said, we believe the White Sox will have the advantage this afternoon as they look to avoid a series sweep in Detroit.
Chicago will likely have the advantage on the mound in this contest with Jose Quintana toeing the rubber. Quintana has been spectacular this season, despite his mediocre 8-8 record. He has statistically been the White Sox most consistent pitcher and even has a better ERA than White Sox 'Ace' Chris Sale. With a win in this contest, it would give Quintana tie a career high in wins, the lefty certainly deserves it given how he has performed this season. He has also had success against this potent Detroit lineup, last seeing them on July 24th where he went 6.7 innings giving up just 3 hits and 0 earned runs. Lack of run support has been an issue when Quintana has been on the mound this season, but we expect his team to be able to generate some offense in this contest against Jordan Zimmermann.
Zimmermann is coming off of the DL and will be making his first start June 30th! He has been an up and down pitcher this season and really struggled prior to being sidelined. There is a good chance that he will be a bit rusty in this matchup and if the Detroit clubhouse is looking to ease him back into the rotation, he likely won't last long into this game. If that is the case, the Detroit bullpen has been not been great this season and that could open up the door for the Sox to pile on some runs in the later innings. Unless the Detroit bats really tee off of Quintana, he should outduel Zimmermann in this contest.
After their lengthy winning streak there is no doubt many people blindly backing the Tigers and we believe that is a mistake. This is an ideal opportunity for the White Sox to 'buck' the recent trends and come away with a solid underdog victory.
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