Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 9/14/13
Cleveland Indians (79-68) at Chicago White Sox (58-89)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Ubaldo Jimenez (R) (11-9) (3.615) vs. Andre Rienzo (R) (2-1) (4.500)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +125 / Cleveland Indians -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, WGN-America
The Cleveland Indians face a must win situation at the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Cleveland is in desperate need of a season ending hot streak, with the playoff race entering the final weeks of 2013. The Wild Card appears to be the most logical target, with the American League Central crown under the control of Detroit. The Indians took a step towards that goal with a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Friday for their seventh win in ten contests. Danny Salazar was strong through 3.2 frames, with nine strike outs with seven relievers allowing the lone run. The offense received RBI's from Ryan Raburn, Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley. The Indians turn to a red hot Ubaldo Jimenez to contain the White Sox offense on Saturday. Jimenez has been pitching like an ace with consecutive scoreless outings, where he has thrown 13 innings.
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I don't know what happened to a White Sox squad that was red-hot several weeks ago, as the offense has fallen on bad times and the work on the mound has been unable to compensate. Chicago has dropped nine of eleven following Friday's defeat at the hands of visiting Cleveland. Starter Hector Santiago fell to 4-9, with all three runs plated on six hits and a trio of bases on balls over four innings of work. The offense put plenty of runners on base with their nine hit, four walk attack, but manged to push just one run across the plate on Paul Konerko's run scoring single in the fifth. The White Sox hand the ball to Andre Rienzo, hoping he can keep the wraps on the Indians offense. Rienzo is coming in off a 4-2 victory at Baltimore, in which he allowed a single run over 6.2 frames.
The worry in backing Cleveland is that we all know the White Sox will win again and we are hoping Jimenez stays hot. At least I'm worried because that's how I'm looking at it...