Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 19)
- Casey Mize, come on down
- Will Tim Anderson ever get out again?
- Ice cold Tigers look to avoid consecutive sweeps
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Tigers vs White Sox Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Detroit Tigers||+ 1.5 -150||O 9 -106||+145|
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 +125||U 9 -115||-162|
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Tigers vs White Sox Predictions and Picks
The White Sox are a better baseball team than the Tigers. Their lineup is much deeper, their defenses are roughly equivalent, and the White Sox rotation is better than Detroit’s. But first career game or not, this Casey Mize start means more to Detroit. Not just to end a seven-game losing streak, but to make a statement in the rebuild. We’re taking the big underdog and going Detroit money line.
Detroit Tigers to win +145
Betting record through 8/15/20 (16-13-1)
Under is 10-3 in Detroit’s last 13 games as a road underdog
Tigers are 10-49 in last 59 games as a road underdog
Over is 5-1 in Tigers last six overall
White Sox are 4-1 against the Tigers this year
Tigers are 2-8 in last 10 games in Chicago
How to Watch Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox
|Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox Information|
|What||Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox|
|Where||Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL|
|When||Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:05 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports Detroit, NBC Chicago|
Welcome to the Show 1-1
At long last for Detroit Tigers fans, the day has finally come. Casey Mize, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, will make his major league debut against the White Sox on Wednesday. Mize
Mize is more than just an up and coming pitcher for the Tigers, he represents the next wave of Tigers baseball – a new hope. Mize will be the second Tigers pitcher in as many days to make his major league debut, following Tarik Skubal on Tuesday – the first time consecutive Tigers have made their major league debuts on consecutive days since September 16-17, 1920.
This is exactly where the Tigers are right now. A team that got off to a hot start, that is now sputtering back to the level many expected of them entering the season and relying on young arms to get some work in this shortened season before starting with a clean slate in 2021.
And Mize is as intriguing and encouraging of a pitching prospect as they get. Had Detroit needed him last year, he could have been with the big club then. Mize sits the mid-90s with his fastball – of which he has two, four-seam and two-seam. He also features a slurve and a slider, but it’s his splitter that is his wipeout pitch.
That’s why Mize led Division I with a 12.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a sophomore at Auburn in 2017 and finished fifth in his junior year.
Mize is the Tigers most heralded pitcher in the farm system since Justin Verlander came up in 2005 and that turned out pretty well – so no pressure.
Tim ‘Babe Ruth’ Anderson
Most of us wonder what Babe Ruth truly looked like at the plate. We may get a few grainy videos, but that’s about it. However, if you want the next best thing lately, just watch Tim Anderson against the Tigers.
Anderson has been absolutely destroying Detroit pitching. In two games in Detroit last week, he went 5-for-9 with a home run and a triple, scoring five runs. But he didn’t stop there.
In the first two games of this series, Anderson is 6-for-12 with three home runs, a double four runs scored and four RBI.
Anderson is now hitting .335 with five home runs, six RBIs and a 1.054 OPS.
The White Sox, in general, are hitting Tigers pitching hard, having scored seven or more runs every in their four-game winning streak in the series.
Good Feelings, Gone
The Tigers started the 2019 season 8-4. They went 39-110 over their final 149 contests.
The Tigers started the 2020 season 9-5. They’re 0-7 since.
Detroit was never supposed to compete this season, but nearly 25% of the way into the season sitting in first place, eyes and ears start to raise. The starting pitching staff is one of the worst in baseball – nobody has made it through five innings since August 9.
That’s all the more reason excitement has reached a crescendo about Mize’s arrival.
The Tigers are where the White Sox were two years ago. A non-competitive team, but one that has bottomed out and is starting to see its next generation of talent. We see where that’s got the White Sox. Now four games above .500, in the thick of the playoff race with a lineup stacked with talent top-to-bottom.
Tigers don’t have bats coming off of a carousel in the same way the White Sox do, but they do have pitchers who figure to be around for many years to come. One way to get those good feelings back – in a big way – would be a win in Mize’s debut to snap a seven-game losing streak.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.