TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, JUNE 7TH
#929 LA DODGERS with White (-125) over Chicago with Kopech at 8:10 PM EST
Off back-to-back home losses to the Mets and with a day to iron out the kinks, the Dodgers will travel to the Windy City and do a number on the Pale Hose. Chicago enters this contest off a pair of huge road wins at Tampa Bay and manager Tony La Russa’s boys will have issues in this spot.
Right-hander Mitch White will take the mound for the visitors. With eight appearances in the books this season including three starts, No. 66 has been tapped for only 11 earned runs and 17 hits in 20.2 innings of work. White struck out 22 and walked eight on his way to a 1-1 tally with a 4.79 ERA. Mitch will be looking for a little personal redemption here. In his last start on June 1st at home against Pittsburgh, White was popped for three earned runs and four this in 5.0 frames. Mitch did fan seven but was tagged with the loss in the Pirates 8-4 victory.
Young righty Michael Kopech will counter for the ChiSox. In his last outing on the road at Toronto on June 1st, No. 34 was drilled for five earned runs and six hits in only 3.0 innings. Kopech walked four, served up two home runs, and was tagged with the “L” in the Blue Jays 7-3 victory. Surprisingly, in Michael’s last seven starts, the White Sox hold a weak 2-5 record. Free passes have been a real issue for Kopech too. In his last six outings, Michael has walked 18 batters for an average of 3.0 per game.
Plenty of power angles line up on this investment. Los Angeles has tasted victory in 21 of its last 28 against AL Central foes, 27 of its last 37 when coming off a loss, 43 of its last 60 in the first game of a series, and 42 of its last 59 checking in with a day of rest. On the other side of the grass, Chicago has fallen in 47 of its last 65 as a pup and 10 of its last 13 versus NL West foes.
The Dodgers have played well on the road this year (18-9) and they’ll bounce back with a solid effort against a White Sox club that currently has a losing record (11-13) at home. Take Los Angeles with White. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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