May 21, 2015 (Posted at 5:00 PM ET)
Take Cleveland Indians (-127) on the Money Line against Chicago White Sox risking 3%.
(Salazar and Danks must start for wager to have action)
The Tribe and the White Sox will end their 4 game series tonight from Us Cellular Field. The Indians won Game 3 last night 4-3 as Shaun Marcum earned his first win in his first start of the season for Cleveland. Marcum threw 6 2/3 innings giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out six. Jose Ramirez was the offensive catalyst for Cleveland last night going 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI, two runs scored, two stolen bases and two walks. The Indians have plenty of power in their bats this season and are a dangerous team when their offense is clicking. Jason Kipnis leads the team with 53 hits and 17 RBI while Brandon Moss and Michael Brantley have combined for 47 RBI. The Tribe should keep momentum on their side tonight as they send Danny Salazar to the mound.
Salazar will be going for his fifth win in his seventh start of the season. He enters tonight’s matchup with a 4-1 record and 4.06 ERA. His last outing did not exactly go smoothly as he gave up five earned runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Rangers but Cleveland did manage to pull out the victory in that contest. Prior to his start against Texas, he had been pitching extremely well and had a combined 20 strikeouts in his previous 2 outings. Salazar has had success against the White Sox in his career in 4 lifetime appearances he has a 2-1 record with 33 strikeouts.
John Danks will take the mound for the White Sox and even though he has posted a couple of quality starts in a row he is still just 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA this season. He has also been flat out awful in his career against the Indians going just 5-12 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 career starts. Despite being a left hander, the Indians have had quite a bit of success against him and given the fact that their offense has been clicking recently scoring eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in three of their last six games this could be another opportunity for them to puts runs across the plate.
We feel that over his last couple of outings that Danks has been pitching somewhat over his head and the perception of Danny Salazar may be a bit skewed given his most recent performance. Both of these pitchers should revert back to their means tonight and if that is the case then Salazar should be able to out-duel Danks on the mound while his offense gives him enough run support to get the victory.
Other notable facts to consider:
- Indians are 5-1 in Salazar’s last 6 starts.
- White Sox are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 4 of a series.
- White Sox are 1-4 in Danks' last 5 starts vs. Indians.
- Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter!
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