Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Odds & Predictions: June 8th 2009
This selection is for Game 2 of the day/night doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox, which marks the return of Jeremy Bonderman for the Tigers.
We feel Bonderman is a bad risk here, as he has not pitched in the Major Leagues since June 1 of last year, when it was determined that he needed major shoulder surgery. That is the worst injury imaginable for a power pitcher, and Bonderman already admitted last week that he will have to rely on more off-speed pitches, as it is conceivable that his arm strength will never be what it once was. Thus, he basically needs to learn how to pitch instead of blowing batters away.
Now Jose Contreras is not exactly overwhelming anyone either, and in fact, he is winless at 0-5 with an 8.19 ERA. He was demoted to the minors last month, and is getting recalled to take this start. That said, Contreras did have success in the majors in the past, and he should he motivated by the fact that he knows he needs a very good effort here to ensure that this is not a one-shot deal.
Even if Contreras struggles again and this becomes a battle of the bullpens, the White Sox he been much stronger in that area this season, and Chicago has also been the better offensive team over the last 10 games. Thus, if we consider the starting pitchers a wash, the Sox still get the call at home at this cheap price.
MLB Free Pick: White Sox -105 (Game #2)