Baltimore Orioles at Cleveland Indians 8/17/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/16/2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Saturday night, the Baltimore Orioles will send Ubaldo Jimenez (4 - 8, 4.51 ERA) to the hill to take on the Cleveland Indians and Carlos Carrasco (4 - 4 - 1, 3.60 ERA). Jimenez will make his 20th start as Carrasco makes his 6th start and 32nd appearance.
Ubaldo Jimenez made his last start after returning from the disabled list and he notched a victory after a solid outing. In 6 innings of work, Jimenez allowed 3 runs and 6 hits (including a homer) while walking 3 and striking out 5. Jimenez has 2 wins in his last 3 outings but he is just 2 - 3 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Jimenez posted a record of 13 - 9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for the Cleveland Indians.
Jimenez faced his old team earlier this season and it didn't turn out well. He took the loss after allowing 5 runs and 4 hits in only 4 innings.
Carlos Carrasco added another one in the win column his last time out behind 5 innings of shutout ball. In those 5 innings, Carrasco held his opponents to just 2 hits as he struck out 4 without walking a single batter. Carrasco's relief appearances have been better than his spot starts this season but he is 3 - 1 in his last 10 appearances. In 2013, Carrasco was 1 - 4 with a 6.75 ERA in 7 starts and 8 relief appearances.
Last season, Carrasco didn't face the Orioles but he has seen them once this season. He allowed a hit in an inning of work. Baltimore is batting .333 against Carrasco with 11 hits, a homer and 2 RBIs in 33 at-bats.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 53-63-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.5
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 60-56-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
08/13/14 SS J.J. Hardy Thumb questionable
08/12/14 3B Manny Machado Knee 15-day DL (8/12)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 60-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
08/14/14 CF Michael Bourn Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6), expected to be activated Friday vs. Baltimore Orioles
08/10/14 RF David Murphy Side 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10)
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Tony's Pick: Take Cleveland
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