Chicago White Sox vs Detroit by GameChanger
I think this will be game between two struggling pitchers from last year, Shields (Chicago) against Zimmerman (Detroit).
Tigers certanly have a lot better hitters and defensive players but odds are so high because home advantage for Chicago and the fact that Shields was couple years ago one of the best pitchers in MLB.
Jordan Zimmerman is great pitcher who had awful 2016. season, persumably because his struggles with injuries and lack of control. Him and pitching coach sad that his mechanics were off last year because injuries and that this spring trainning he worked out mechanics with which he has lot better control in strikezone.
James Shields had great numbers in MLB but last couple of years he has been awful, he has huge control problems and last year his opponentes had batting average of 0.333 against him which is somewhere in the bottom of the league. His struggles are continuing through couple season now and I don't think that he has cure for his velocity decline and loss of control.
J.D. Martinez is still out with injury so rookies Jones and Mahtook will fill out gaps in outfield, Mahtook is better defensive player than he is good hitter and Jones is also better and faster defensive player than attacking but he had homerun yesterday so his power is still enough for MLB.
Detroit is better team in all areas, especially in defensive part of the game and I don't think there should be problem for them winning this game.
My pick: Detroit Tigers win
|Detroit||Marathonbet||1.78||9||11-2 LOST (-9 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.