MLB Picks: White Sox vs. Indians Tuesday Betting Odds

Joe Freda

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1:11 PM GMT

Coming off a successful weekend series, Terry Francona’s Indians will be hosting the Chicago White Sox in a two-game set at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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The Cleveland Indians ended last week with a sweep of the Houston Astros, moving to cash at 9-2 in their last 11 matchups. Tuesday’s MLB betting has Indians righty Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.39 ERA) matched up against southpaw Hector Santiago (4-9, 3.53 ERA) for the White Sox. 

Indians cruise over Astros

Cleveland surged for a 9-2 victory in Sunday’s finale over Houston, cashing as 255 home ‘chalk.’ Indians mates Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley united to bat 6-for-9, while catcher Carlos Santana drilled a homer and double from the cleanup spot.

Chicago picked up a second straight win with Monday’s 3-2 triumph as a 145 home favorite against the Toronto Blue Jays. White Sox rookie Marcus Semien cracked his first long ball, while closer Addison Reed held Toronto hitless in the final frame for his 39th save.

Jimenez cashes as ‘chalk’

Jimenez came away with a no-decision in Thursday’s 2-1 win for Cleveland in its opener with Houston, collecting as a 265 home favorite. The 29-year-old gave up one run on six hits, while logging nine strikeouts over seven innings.

Indians outfielder Matt Carson poked a walk-off single in the 11th inning, while first baseman Nick Swisher finished with a 4-for-4 night. Cleveland edged Houston in hits, 12-9, with reliever Bryan Shaw picking up his staff’s win.

Santiago returns to start

Santiago has been idle since September 13th, facing the Indians in a 3-1 defeat as a 125 home dog. The New Jersey native gave up all three of Cleveland’s runs, departing after four innings.

Chicago’s Paul Konerko notched his side’s sole RBI, with mate Adam Dunn leaving eight men on base in a 0-for-4 outing. The White Sox finished with nine hits, while the tight affair’s four runs dipped ‘Under’ the total of eight.

Back the ‘Over’ in Cleveland

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Early MLB odds opened with Jimenez a 230 home favorite, while first posting the ‘total’ at eight (‘Under’ minus 125). The weather forecast in Cleveland calls for a clear 58 degrees, with calm winds blowing inward.

I am adding the ‘Over’ in this matchup to Tuesday’s sports picks, looking for some spark in this opener.

Jimenez has had tight numbers as of late, but could be in for a looser outing with some of Chicago’s capable bats. Paul Konerko has a homer and double in 17 at-bat’s facing the Dominican Republic native’s arm, while Alexei Ramirez has five RBIs in a 7-for-23 career mark.

Santiago gave up nine earned runs over his last 12 2/3 IP before his extended rest, while allowing a sizable eight runs in this year’s two starts against the Indians (6 1/3 IP). Cleveland’s Mike Aviles and Nick Swisher have hit a combined 4-for-8 facing the lefty, while they and their mates have bat .262 against southpaws at home.

The ‘Over’ is 6-1 in Chicago’s last seven matchups against righty starters, while going 4-0 in the team’s last four spots as an underdog. Look for just enough octane on both sides here, adding a cashed ticket for ‘Over’ backers to the wager’s 5-2 mark in Cleveland’s most recent seven spots that followed a victory.

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MLB Pick: Back the OVER 7.5 runs in the White Sox/Indians game, -105 at Bet365

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