Our long six-game winning streak was snapped yesterday, as the offenses could never get going in Detroit. Matt Boyd ultimately pitched a gem, leading the Tigers to a 2-1 at Comerica on Tuesday afternoon. We look to build a brand new winning streak on the bases tonight. It’s been a nice start for us in baseball, so one loss isn’t going to shake us too hard. We’re heading to Cleveland, where the Indians welcome the White Sox for an evening matchup.
You remember the Indians, right? I must say, the Cubs’ World Series overshadows what the Indians were able to accomplish last season pretty significantly. The 2nd place team is always forgotten quickly, but I think more than ever, most people aren’t aware who played the Cubs in the World Series a year ago. It’s a shame because the Indians had one heck of a season that no one saw coming.
Getting back to that stage for them is going to be difficult. The odds are going to be working against them. Even winning the AL Central again is going to be a tall task for the Indians. We can’t take anything away from what they did last season, though, because it’s an impressive feat. The Tribe will face the Cubs’ inner-city rival, Chicago White Sox, at home tonight. Danny Salazar will get the nod for the Indians, while Derek Holland will try and test the Indians’ lineup. Get our White Sox vs. Indians pick below.
Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Derek Holland (0-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Danny Salazar (0-0, 6.35 ERA)
The Indians enter Wednesday with a record of 4-3. There aren’t many things that can be said about the start for them. They’ve played well in spots and floundered in other areas. They edged the White Sox yesterday with a 2-1 win in extras to move above .500. For the Indians to make a run at the World Series again, Salazar will have to play a big role. He got dinged in his first start of the season, getting torched for a 6.35 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He’s been consistent with sub-4.00 ERAs the last two seasons, though.
Derek Holland comes to the White Sox after spending his entire eight-year career in Texas with the Rangers. It was a wild ride for Holland in Texas, enduring injuries and all the highs and lows that come with being a mediocre pitcher.
Holland will make his second start of the year. He posted an ERA of 3.00 in his first start against the Twins. Holland has not faired well against the hitters in the Indian lineup. They own a batting average of .301 against him with a .358 OBP. This also should be a nice spot for Salazar to bounce back against an inferior offense on Wednesday. The Tribe should be able to make it look easier than they did yesterday. Look for Cleveland to win this one easily, with our MLB pick of the day on the Indians at -1.5.
PICK: INDIANS -1.5 (-110)