White Sox v Tigers
Jake Peavy will continue his strong candidacy for comeback player of the year when his Chicago White Sox host the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The 2007 Cy Young award winner looks healthy for the first time in years and the results show it: 4-1 and a 1.89 ERA. Already, he’s had two good starts against the Tigers, giving up two runs in 6 2/3 innings in their first meeting and allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings in their second clash. Although US Cellular field is known as a hitters’ park, Detroit has scuffled there so far this year. Going into yesterday’s game, they were hitting a terrible .216 with 26 strikeouts in 97 at bats at the White Sox’s home field. This is their worst road average in any park in 2012. The Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer has shown some life in recent outings and threw well against the White Sox on April 13, striking out 11 Chicago batters. But on the balance, I’m picking the hometown White Sox at 2.12 to take this one against the Tigers, who can be had at 1.72.
Nationals v Padres
The Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg owns weak offensive teams. Case in point: in his last outing against the National League’s worst run-scoring team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, he struck out 13 batters in six innings, allowing one earned run. Now he gets the second-worst offensive club in the San Diego Padres at home. His pitching opponent, Anthony Bass, has a respectable 3.23 ERA, but his last two starts have been a bit shaky. He gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings last time out (albeit four of those runs were unearned); the time before he allowed six runs in six innings. The odds reflect the disparity in the teams: the Nationals are on at 1.62, while the Padres are a more generous 2.30. But this differential reflects the legitimate strength of Washington in this match-up.