MLB Picks: White Sox vs. Indians Wednesday Betting Odds

Joe Freda

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:34 AM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 11:34 AM UTC

Wednesday’s rematch between the foes has a duel of righties slated, with Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (1-3, 3.09 ERA) facing Chicago’s Dylan Axelrod (4-10, 5.72 ERA).

The Cleveland Indians rallied in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox, cashing at minus 200 MLB odds.  

Indians, Giambi win in walkoff 

Indians veteran Jason Giambi cracked a pinch-hit homer for Tuesday’s win, while also cashing OVER tickets for my followers.  Cleveland’s Michael Brantley finished 3-for-4, drilling his own long ball as part of two RBIs. 

Chicago’s Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo united to bat 4-for-9, with Viciedo poking a homer and double. White Sox slugger Adam Dunn saw his slump continue, striking out four times and moving to 0-for-10 in his last four games. 

Salazar slides in K.C.

Salazar logged his first losing decision in four games with last Wednesday’s 7-2 defeat as a minus 110 road choice to the Kansas City Royals. The 23-year-old allowed four runs on six hits, departing after six innings of action. 

Cleveland’s lineup was held to five hits, with mates Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn batting a combined 0-for-8. Raburn logged his side’s sole error, while the duel’s combined nine runs leaped OVER the ‘total’ of 7 ½ for our MLB betting.

Axelrod lit up by Tigers 

Axelrod returned to a starting role for the first time in two months, logging a loss in Friday’s 12-5 setback for Chicago against the Detroit Tigers. The California native was shelled for seven runs in 2 2/3 frames, giving up 10 hits and two walks.

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia cracked a homer and triple, finishing with three RBIs. Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez and Josh Phegley were held to a combined 0-for-8, leaving seven men on base. 

Back the OVER again

Salazar opened as a 270 home favorite at Bet365, while the shop’s MLB odds board listed a flat ‘total’ of  7 ½. The weather forecast in Cleveland calls for 61 degrees, with partly cloudy skies and calm winds blowing inward. 

I am riding the OVER again as part of Wednesday’s sports picks, looking for the sparks to keep flying here. 

Salazar’s stints at home have been short, giving up three homers in his last 11 2/3 IP. The White Sox have not seen much of the Dominican Republic native’s arm, but have had the OVER cash at 4-0 in their last four matchups against righties and 6-0 in their last six contests against winning clubs.

Axelrod has allowed sizable numbers on the road as both a starter and reliever, surrendering a whopping 2.05 WHIP and .427 OBP. Cleveland’s octane should stay high here, with the OVER going 4-0 in the club’s last four spots that followed a contest of scoring five runs or more. 

Indians mates Jason Kipnis and Ryan Raburn have one homer each in a combined eight at-bat’s facing Axelrod, while Michael Brantley is 3-for-7 and comes in cracking long balls in two of his last three games.

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Look for Cleveland to hang its share of early runs here, while the White Sox add some late back door scoring for the OVER to cash. 

MLB Pick:  OVER 7 ½ at Bet365

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