Cleveland Indians vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/8/13
New York Mets (63-77) at Cleveland Indians (76-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (R) (0-3) (10.949) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (1-2) (3.000)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -208 / New York Mets +193 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians hope t keep their postseason drive on track against the New York Mets.
The goals for the Mets at this point in the season are obviously modest, with finishing the season in the third spot of the National League East being priority number one. That goal is being challenged with the New Yorkers dropping five of six following a 9-4 loss at Progressive Field on Saturday. Jon Niese had been looking strong, but not Saturday with six runs allowed (five earned) in five frames, which was too much, with the bats getting a pair of hits and two RBI's from Justin Turner. The Mets send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound next to face a dangerous Cleveland lineup on Sunday. Matsazuka has gone 0-3 in his only three 2013 outings in which he has given up 15 runs in 12.1 frames.
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Cleveland's postseason hopes depend on what happens from now until the end of the regular season, with the Wild Card being their most logical goal. The Indians are doing their part, with four victories in a row and wins in five of six overall after knocking off the Mets on Saturday. The offense exploded for a 5-0 lead in the first and it was coasting from there, with Corey Kluber giving up a pair of runs over five innings, with the bats piling up the runs. Asdrubel Cabrera clubbed a three run homer, while Nick Swisher homered and doubled in a run. Rookie Danny Salazar toes the rubber Sunday against the visiting Mets in interleague action. Salazar is hoping to duplicate his effort in a 4-0 victory at Detroit, in which he tossed six scoreless innings.
I don't have a real solid opinion on Salazar, but Matsazuka is struggling and generally that is not a good thing against an Indians lineup that can do some damage. Having said that, I can see the Mets pulling one out of their hats and won't play this.