Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 9/12/13
Cleveland Indians (77-68) at Chicago White Sox (58-87)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Corey Kluber (R) (7-5) (3.614) vs. John Danks (L) (4-12) (4.453)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +116 / Cleveland Indians -126 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, CSN-Chicago
The Cleveland Indians hope to stay alive in the postseason conversation when they face the Chicago White Sox Thursday.
Cleveland has been a much improved team in 2013 and far better then we have been accustomed to seeing but good enough to make the playoffs? That has yet to be determined but the Tribe took a hit after Wednesday's 6-2 defeat to Kansas City left the team with losses in three of four. The bats were quiet and the pitching struggled against a hot Royals club with Scott Kazmir giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits over four frames to absorb the loss. The bats mustered just four hits with Michael Brantley driving in a pair of first inning runs. Corey Kluber gets the starting nod versus the White Sox on Thursday. Kluber has put up some good numbers in 2013 but he can be a bit all or nothing at times and needs runs to work with to be successful.
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The White Sox hot streak of several weeks back is a distant memory with the past two weeks erasing all the good thoughts. Chicago suddenly has gone south after Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the visiting Tigers left the team staring at defeats in nine of eleven where neither the hitting or pitching has been consistently strong. Jose Quintana kept his team in the game by shutting out the big offense of the Tigers through seven innings before Matt Lindstrom lost it with an 8th inning run scoring on three hits. That made him the loser with the bats totaling five hits and four bases on balls with several scoring chances going for naught. Left hander John Danks will be on the hill Thursday to face the heavy hitting Cleveland offense. Danks has dropped consecutive decisions with nine runs given up over 10.1 innings pitched.
To be honest I am not all that impressed with Kluber but at the same time backing the White Sox right now might be guessing and I'm not that smart. My gut says stay away...