TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, AUGUST 11TH
#961 CHICAGO with Gonzalez (-107) over Detroit with Alexander at 7:10 PM EST
Off three consecutive losses including last night’s 5-1 blemish in the Motor City, the Pale House will get after it on Tuesday night. The overachieving Tigers have now won four straight and this will be a tough encore for manager Rod Gardenhire’s crew.
Veteran southpaw Gio Gonzalez will take the bump for the ChiSox. So far this season, No. 47 has made three starts against the Brewers, Royals and Twins and been touched for 10 earned runs and 20 hits in 11.2 innings of work. Gonzalez fanned 12 and walked seven on his way to an 0-1 record and a 7.71 ERA. Overall, in his 13-year career, Gio has been tapped for only 788 earned runs and 1,724 hits through 1,913.0 frames. That’s good enough for a 130-100 record and a sensational 3.71 ERA.
Young left-hander Tyler Alexander gets the nod for the Tigers out of the bullpen. Alexander has appeared in four games for Detroit this season (all in relief) and has surrendered one earned run and four hits in 7.1 innings. Tyler has whiffed 13 and walked one and put together a 1-0 record with a reliable 1.17 ERA. Experience will certainly be a factor. Since joining the club in 2019, No. 70 has pitched in 17 games for the Tigers (eight starts) and been tagged for 30 earned runs and 72 hits in 61.1 frames. After the math, that shakes down to a dismal 1-4 mark and an elevated 4.40 ERA.
There is a plethora of angles that work against Detroit in this setting. The Tigers have dropped 35 of their last 52 when facing a foe that scored two runs or less last, 58 of their last 81 after allowing two runs or less in their last contest, 53 of their last 73 in the second game of a series, 46 of their last 61 coming off a win and 60 of their last 76 after scoring five runs or more in their previous battle.
With the Twins, Tigers and Indians above them in the AL Central standings, the White Sox know they need road victories in order to stay in the division race. The experience on the mound will be the difference for the Pale Hose in this contest. Take Chicago with Gonzalez. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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