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MLB Game Preview for August 5, 2010: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 05 August 2010 06:21

Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers betting predictionsThe betting world knows that if the Detroit Tigers want to revive their chances at the AL Central pennant, they need to start by winning in this series with the White Sox. While the cities of Detroit and Chicago start to look towards NFL betting, their baseball teams are locked in one of the best pennant chases in the major leagues.

Right now the Chicago White Sox lead the Minnesota Twins by a game and a half and the Detroit Tigers by seven games in the AL Central. If you were betting on college football, you may bet against a team in the Tigers’ situation. They trail the division leader by seven games, and the Tigers have only won three of their last 10 games. But the Tigers are capable of playing good baseball, and if they can start to pull themselves together now then they can make a run for the pennant. The Tigers have more of a chance of catching the White Sox for the AL Central pennant than they do in catching the Yankees for the AL wild card.

The White Sox have won seven of their last 10 games, and they are in a fierce battle with the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central pennant. The Twins have won eight of their last 10 games, and they continue to put the pressure on the Sox.

The MLB betting experts have the Twins as the AL Central favorite to win the World Series at +1800, but the Tigers are not far behind at +1900.

In this game, the Tigers will be sending Max Scherzer to the mound. Scherzer had a rough start to the season that saw him get off to a 3-6 start. Since June, he has brought his record up to 7-8 and his ERA down to 4.28. Even though Scherzer is much-improved, he still has control problems that have put him out of recent games.

The White Sox are bringing Freddy Garcia to the mound, and he could be the difference in this game. For the season Garcia has a 10-4 record with a 4.73 ERA. However, in his last 10 starts Garcia has a 6-1 record and an ERA in that span of 4.27. He has been on fire and his control has been precise. He has also been a friend to the bullpen by going 6 and 7 innings on a regular basis.

When the Tigers need to put up runs they can, but with the way Garcia has been pitching the Tigers may find runs difficult to generate in this game. Scherzer could become a victim to the pressure this game will create, and if the White Sox can get to Scherzer early then the Tigers will have to rely on a shaky bullpen to get them through this game. That would be a strategy that plays into the strengths of the White Sox, and it could spell trouble for the Tigers’ chances of climbing back into the AL Central pennant race.

Baseball betting pick: Chicago White Sox 6-2

 
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