Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick - 9/7/13
Chicago White Sox (56-83) at Baltimore Orioles (74-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Hector Santiago (L) (4-6) (3.356) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (7-7) (3.869)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -170 / Chicago White Sox +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, MASN2
The Baltimore Orioles look to keep their postseason drive alive versus the Chicago White Sox.
I guess you could say the White Sox hot streak of a few weeks ago is over, with the Orioles winning 3-1 Thursday to saddle Chicago with seven consecutive defeats. During this stretch, the pitching hasn't been good until Friday and the offense didn't produce to squander a solid performance from Jose Quintana, who gave up all three runs on seven hits and a free pass in seven frames. The bats struggled with only five hits and a single walk, with the lone run plated on a double play ground out. Left-hander John Danks draws the starting assignment in game two at Baltimore on Friday. It has been long season for Danks, with just a 4-11 record, but he has gone 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three.
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Baltimore has been in a win one, lose two, win two, lose one phase and that is losing ground in the postseason race. Every time I think they are about to tank, the O's win, which happened Thursday, but my gut is telling me this team will be on the outside looking in at the playoffs. The offense isn't hitting the ball as expected, but thanks to Miguel Gonzalez the Birds survived. Gonzalez allowed the lone run on four hits and a base on balls, with the offense playing some power baseball with JJ Hardy, Adam Jones and Brian Roberts smacking home runs. Scott Feldman is charged with pitching his team past the visiting White Sox on Friday. Feldman has been fairly strong since coming over from the Cubs and has gone 2-1 with a sub two ERA in his last three.
They say to never bet against a streak and that points to taking Baltimore, but Feldman worries me at the big price. The Orioles appear to be the pick by default, if nothing else,