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Detroit -1 +240 over Chicago

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Detroit -1½ +240 over Chicago

8:10 PM EST. There are a few numbers out for this play depending on where you shop. The Tigers are -1½ +240 at 888Sport, -1½ +231 at Pinnacle and -1½ +220 at Bet 365.

Lucas Giolito (RHP - CHW) put together two great road starts last week, throwing six innings in each start and striking out 13. He takes on the Tigers tonight, who have been better since calling up Riley Greene but this is not a fade on Giolito.

The beat goes on for the Tigers after another win last night and to run their winning streak to five. With their best pitcher going, and with a new swag about them, Detroit is once again a live pooch that must be played at this price.

The Tigers got off to a horrible start but In the early going, there was at least one bright spot: Tarik Skubal (LHP - DET) The young lefty was dominant through his first 11 starts, sporting a 2.33 ERA and 70 strikeouts to just 10 walks in 65.2 innings. In his subsequent five starts, he has a 20:14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23 frames and he has allowed a run per inning.

Skubal suggested he was fighting himself in trying to overcome the skid. “Sometimes you just kind of fight yourself, and I’m just kind of doing that right now. So I’ve just gotta be better at not doing that.” It sounds as though he is too aware of his struggles to do anything about it, so it’s probably a good thing that he has a catcher who has some experience behind the plate in Tucker Barnhart.

“I think the better he stays through his pitches, the more consistent they are,” Barnhart said. “I think the reality of the situation is that it’s virtually impossible to keep your timing the exact same all season, no matter what position you play — if you’re a hitter, if you’re a pitcher. I think it’s just a simple mechanical tweak that I think will help him out.”

Barnhart seems to think he knows what is ailing Skubal, and he should have a better idea than most, having caught almost 6,000 innings at the major-league level. Mechanical problems would certainly explain the drop in velocity, particularly in his most recent start, and the loss of some movement on his slider. It would be easy to overlook Skubal’s dominance early in the season after this recent run, but don’t bail on him too soon. As long as he isn’t hurt, we’re inclined to trust his catcher and believe that a small mechanical tweak can get him back to the dominance we saw early on. At this price and with the way the Tigers are playing, the risk is worth the reward.



Our Pick

Detroit -1 +240 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 4.80)

Colorado +206 over St. Louis
Oakland +168 over Texas
Toronto +131 over N.Y. Yankees