Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play August 25th


#959 CHICAGO with Chatwood (-130) over Detroit with Turnbull at 7:10 PM EST
Off a pair of much-needed wins over the Tigers and White Sox, look for the Cubs to keep their foot on the gas when they do battle once again in the Motor City. Chicago can see St. Louis in its rear-view mirror just 3.0-games back and the Cubbies can’t afford to fall to a Detroit squad that is a dismal 11-16 through 27 games including 2-8 in its 10.

Taking the pearl for Chicago will be right-hander Tyler Chatwood. This will be No. 32’s first performance since getting blasted at Kansas City back on August 6th. In that ugly start against the Royals, Chatwood was crushed for eight earned runs and 11 hits in only 2.1 frames. Tyler spent the last 19 days on the shelf with a mid-back strain but he is good to go on Tuesday night and he’ll be looking to impress.

Big right-hander Spencer Turnbull will be on the bump for the Motor City Kitty’s. With five starts in the bank this season, No. 56 has been tagged for 10 earned runs and 19 hits in 24.2 innings. Turnbull has struck out 21 and walked 15 on his way to a 2-2 record and a 3.65 ERA. Fading Spencer inside Comerica Park is never a problem. With 19 career starts in the books in his own backyard, Turnbull has put together a shocking 1-13 record with a stiff 5.21 ERA.

Plenty of power angles support this Best Bet. Chicago has won 39 of its last 52 on the American League road battling a foe that owns a won/loss percentage less than .500, 38 of its last 53 as interleague chalk and 19 of its last 27 against teams from the AL Central. Meanwhile, Detroit has fallen in 37 of its last 54 as an interleague underdog, 68 of its last 96 after allowing five runs or more in its previous game and 57 of its last 77 in the second game of a series.

These are two MLB teams headed in opposite directions and the price is right. Take Chicago with Chatwood. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

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