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Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick - 9/7/13

Chicago White Sox (56-84) at Baltimore Orioles (75-65)

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 -173 / Chicago White Sox +163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Chicago White Sox can slow the Baltimore Orioles playoff drive with a win Saturday.

The White Sox hot streak of several weeks ago is now just a distant memory after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Baltimore has Chicago staring at an eight game slide. The hitting and pitching have each contributed to the losing, although the work at the plate was the problem Friday. This still wasn't a great effort from John Danks on the mound, who gave all four runs over just 5.1 frames to fall to 4-12 on the season. The CWS attack consisted of five hits and a BB with Jeff Keppinger and Paul Konerko logging two hits each. Left-hander Hector Santiago toes the rubber at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon. Santiago has been a steady performer in the White Sox rotation, but has suffered from a lack of scoring as his 4-8 record says despite a 3.43 ERA.

Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick - 9/7/13

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The postseason flame of Baltimore is not out yet, but it hasn't been burning brightly as of late, with the team needing a season- ending hot streak. A slide of any length probably ends their season from a competitive standpoint and the Birds did what they had to in Friday's victory. The bats were adequate and the pitching of Scott Feldman the big story, with a complete game five-hit shutout performance. The O's totaled nine hits and played the power game, with Chris Davis, Matt Weiters and Danny Valencia all clubbing round trippers. Baltimore gives the ball to Wei-Yin Chen to keep the Orioles alive in the postseason race on Saturday. Chen has gone 1-1 over his last three times to the mound, with an ERA just south of eight.

This won't be a cakewalk for Baltimore, with Santiago a very tough customer, but the Orioles are desperate and the White Sox are slumping. Definitely upset potential here so I won't be playing the O's.

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