Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick - 9/2/13
Baltimore Orioles (72-63) at Cleveland Indians (72-64)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Bud Norris (R) (9-9) (4.084) vs. Justin Masterson (R) (14-9) (3.488)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -128 / Baltimore Orioles +118 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, SportsTime Ohio
The Baltimore Orioles visit Progressive Field to take on the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
Baltimore has made several trades designed to get the team in to the postseason and it hasn't worked out to this point. There is still time, but time is not on the Orioles side, with the Birds 7-3 victory over the Yankees being their third in eight contests. Starter Wei-Yin Chen didn't last long with, with all three runs given up on four hits and five free passes over just four innings before four relievers put up zeros. The bats posted 12 hits and walked once with a seven run 7th getting the job done, with JJ Hardy and Adam Jones each clubbing three-run bombs. The Orioles send Bud Norris to the bump against Cleveland in the first game of the series. Norris comes in off a 4-3 loss to Boston (ND), where he allowed a lone run on four hits and four BB over 5.2 innings.
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It might be do or die time for Cleveland and their dreams of a postseason berth took a hit with a five game skid. The Indians 4-0 victory at Detroit on Sunday gave the team a much-needed victory, but that won't mean a thing unless the Tribe can keep the good times rolling going forward. The pitching of Danny Salazar made it easy for the bats, with four relievers holding the heavy-hitting Tigers at bay. Salazar tossed a six-hit shutout through six innings and the offense made it hold up. Cleveland mustered five hits and six bases on balls, with Mike Aviles connecting on a grand slam in the top of the 9th. Justin Masterson looks to get back in the win column versus the visiting Orioles Monday. Masterson did not get a decision in a 3-2 loss at Atlanta, where he allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six frames.
This is really a tough one, with neither club looking all that great lately. Right now I'll side with the home team but this is one where I won't pay for the juice and would rather walk away.