Atlanta Braves vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick Free Pick - 8/27/13
2013-08-27 06:10:00 EDT
The Atlanta Braves host the Cleveland Indians in an interleague tilt on Tuesday night.
Even though there is plenty of season remaining to be played, it looks like Cleveland is almost in a must win mode to keep their dreams of capturing the American League Central title. The Wild Card might be more likely and even that is going to require strong play to grab and at the moment the Tribe have been getting the job done with wins in seven of ten after knocking off the Twins on Sunday by a 3-1 count. Scott Kazmir held Minnesota to a lone run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight in six frames in a ND effort. The offense mounted a seven hit, eight walk attack that saw Drew Stubbs homer with Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher record RBI hits. Rookie Danny Salazar gets his fourth career start and first against the Braves Tuesday. Salazar received a no decision in a 4-1 victory over the Angels with the lone run allowed on a solo home run in 5.1 innings.
The once surging Braves have slowed in the past week by dropping four of five which has not damaged their first place standing in the National League East one iota. However, we saw how Atlanta meander about through the middle of 2013 and that needs to be avoided with the postseason not all that far off. The Braves took a step in the right direction in a 5-2 victory at St Louis on Sunday behind quality work on the mound and at the plate. Mike Minor rebounded from a pair of poor outings with one run given up on six hits and a free pass through seven frames to win his 13th. The bats totaled ten hits and walked twice with five players driving in runsand five scoring. Rookie left hander Alex Wood squares off with Cleveland for the 8th start of his career. Wood has been solid with five consecutive quality outings in which he has gone 2-0 with three no decisions.
Atlanta is calling my name but the Indians have ben playing better and have more to play for since the Braves have all but wrapped up the division. Right now I’m leaning to the home team…