Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/11/14
Chicago White Sox (44-48) at Cleveland Indians (44-46)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Hector Noesi (R) (3-5) (4.199) vs. Corey Kluber (R) (8-6) (2.865)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -200 / Chicago White Sox +185 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, SportsTime Ohio
The Chicago White Sox travel to Progressive Field to open a series with the Cleveland Indians.
The White Sox have not been playing all that poorly and are still well within reach of the .500 mark. The question going forward is whether Chicago has enough pitching and hitting to get beyond the breakeven point. The White Sox had their chances in a 4-3, ten inning loss at Boston on Thursday where the arms and bats both fell short. Starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs over seven frames with Ronald Belisario absorbing the loss with a run allowed in the 10th. Conor Gillaspie was almost the hero with a two run bomb in the 9th tied the gaame 3-3. The White Sox send Hector Noesi to the bump to square off with Cleveland on Friday. Noesi came up with his best outing of 2014 last time out when he tossed 6.2 scoreless frames in a 1-0 victory over Seattle.
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I could say the same thing about Cleveland as I do the White Sox in that they are not playing badly but do they have enough on the mound and at the plate to reach the .500 mark and beyond as the second half of 2014 approaches. The Indians took a step in the right direction Thursday with a late scoring burst leading to a 9-3 win over the visiting Yankees. TJ House allowed all three runs on eight hits through 4.2 innings with five relievers putting up zeros. Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez homered and knocked in four while Asdubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley combined for five RBI's. Cleveland turns to Corey Kluber to the bump to face the White Sox for the third time in 2014. Overall Kluber has gone 8-6 with a 2.86 ERA covering 19 outings where the Tribe has gone 11-8.
The White Sox won't be an easy foe for the Indians but Kluber and the Tribe are not pushovers and I'm inclined to back them but not the juice...