Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/2/14
Chicago White Sox (14-15) at Cleveland Indians (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
John Danks (L) (2-1) (3.484) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (0-3) (6.038)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -140 / Chicago White Sox +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, SportsTime Ohio
Progressive Field and the Cleveland Indians begin a weekend set with the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox enter the series at Cleveland staring at back to back defeats following a 5-1 home loss to Max Scherzer and Detroit. The team is hanging tough to kick off the season and simply don't want this to be turning in to a losing streak. It was a tough two game series with Detroit having to face Justin Verlander and Scherzer with the latter shutting down the Chicago attack. That meant Hector Noesi had to be perfect but he was tagged for four runs and the 4th and never got out of the inning. Five relievers held the Tigers to an unearned run the rest of the way but the bats couldn't generate any scoring with Tyler Flowers driving in the lone run. Lefty John Danks will be on the bump in game one at Cleveland Friday. Danks lost his first game last time out by a 4-0 count to Tampa Bay in which he allowed all four runs on seven hits and four BB in 5.2 frames.
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There are good surprises and bad surprises and Cleveland is the latter with their 11-17 record and last place standing in the American League Central. The Indians have struggled in most areas and bring a six game slide in to the series opener with the White Sox. The Tribe sent Zach McAllister to the bump versus the Angels Wednesday hoping to avert a sweep but it wasn't to be with five runs plated on five hits and four free passes over 4.1 innings of a 7-1 defeat. The offense continued to struggle with just three hits and a walk to show for their efforts. David Murphy drove in Asdrubel Cabrera in the 9th to spoil the shutout but that was about it. Cleveland sends Danny Salazar to the mound against the White Sox on Friday night. Salazar is coming in off a 4-1 loss to San Francisco where he gave up only one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings.
This is one of those games where you know a struggling team is going to win again but you don't know when. I'm going with the White Sox because the Indians have problems with left handers but be cautious...