The Chicago White Sox got a much needed win last night against the Detroit Tigers last night. They were on a five game slide but were able to eradicate that with a 5-2 win. The White Sox now have the luxury of going to Chris Sale tonight to try and bring them two straight winners. However, Sale hasn’t been his regular self lately, and there is a pitcher on the other side in Alfredo Simon that has been a gem in the Tigers’ rotation. The Tigers needed to bring in somebody to make the sting of losing Max Scherzer a little less severe and so far Simon has done a fine job doing that. Of course, pitching behind the vaunted Tigers’ lineup doesn’t hurt matters much. Detroit has been good, but definitely cooled off since a huge winning romp to kick the season off with. Which was to be expected, teams usually regress back to the mean after hot or cool runs. Despite the win last night, there is work to be done for the White Sox. They won’t be competing with the Tigers, Royals, or even Indians for the Central division. Adding Melky Cabrera is a start, but he isn’t the answer for the White Sox. Like a lot of teams in baseball, they can just think of what will be in the future.
Just a quick FYI before I go further. I’ll be in Vegas on Wednesday until Monday, so most likely there will not be any MLB play from me before Tuesday. Chris will continue to post his plays and I will do my best to get out my NHL picks. If I do have a minute I’ll get out my MLB picks as well. We hit a nice winner last night. The Cubs and Cardinals bats came alive in the 5th inning, as starters Lyons and Hendricks got rocked pretty good. 5 or 6 innings seems to be the limit for those two, after that things hit a little shaky. I noted how Hendricks hasn’t lasted more than 6 innings in the majority of his starts, which came to fruition last night again. I need a winner for my first Vegas bet of my trip, so hopefully I can cash an early ticket in.
Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
Alfredo Simon (4-1 3.13 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (2-1, 5.32 ERA)
5.32 ERA for Chris Sale isn’t what you come to expect. After years of backing this team up they’ll need to return the favor and churn in some runs soon for him. Sale is too good of a pitcher to continue pitching like this, but the White Sox have used him like a workhorse so if he doesn’t return to form it could be an injury issue or arm exertion. I lean towards the first. It isn’t like hes been awful, but in his last two starts Sale has been playing uncharacteristically bad. He avoided trouble in the one start, allowing 2 runs in seven innings. He did however surrender 9 hits and got out of trouble frequently. The next start he couldn’t avoid trouble, and got lit up for another 9 hits but 8 runs as well. A 1.45 WHIP and .347 OBP just isn’t what you would think from him. He has a tall order against the Tigers who are coming off a loss.
Alfredo Simon has brought the Tigers for wins and some pretty good outings. In fact, Simon went three straight games of not letting more than 1 run before he got hammered for 6 runs against the Royals in his last start. In that stretch he allowed just 2 runs. I think the White Sox still have the advantage in pitching in this game. Sale has gotten roughed up, but you cannot discount him just yet. Although, Simon has been no slouch this season, and he also has one of the best offenses in baseball on his side. Further, you have to love the price we are getting on the Tigers at +131. Sale is good, but shouldn’t be this big of a favorite over the best in the Central. I’ll take the Tigers here.
PICK: TIGERS TO WIN +131