Two teams competing with very differing levels of motivation mean the Baltimore Orioles will ease into a victory at home against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
The White Sox season has been a disaster. So much so that players, like erstwhile star Adam Dunn, has talked publicly about how disappointing the campaign has been. With little morale (and a last place position in the American League Central), it’s not surprising that they seem to be sleep walking their way to the end of the season.
They entered this series, 0-4 in August and losers of six straight. It’s also worth mentioning that the team has been horrid on the road, registering a 24-48 record in away games.
The club’s pitcher in this contest, John Danks, isn’t very reliable. He’s had two terrible starts in his past four appearances.
In contrast, the Orioles have everything to play for. Coming into this series, they were just 1 ½ games out of a Wild Card playoff spot. Every game is important to them at this juncture and an opportunity to pounce on a subpar club will, no doubt, have Baltimore pumped up.
Their starting pitcher, Scott Feldman, has been delivering consistently as of late. He’s given up two runs or less in each of his last four starts. Choose the Orioles at 1.54.
The Miami Marlins should get a win at home against the Washington Nationals on the back of their ace pitcher.
Miami’s Jose Fernandez has been remarkable for an otherwise very weak Marlins team. He’s 10-6 with a 2.33 ERA. In particular, he has been amazingly consistent.
Fernandez hasn’t given up more than three runs in a game since May – and has only given up three runs once in that stretch of 16 starts. He should be on particular form in this contest. The reason: it’s a home game and he’s been unstoppable at home.
Overall, he’s 7-0 with a 1.29 ERA at Marlins Park. Considering that stadium is one of the ten most offensive oriented locales (out of 30 MLB parks) Fernandez’s dominance is standout noteworthy.
His pitching opponent, Dan Haren, has been awful in 2013. He owns a 5.02 ERA and has been in even worse form in his past two starts. In those appearances he’s posted a 10.24 ERA. With an already bad 3-7 record in road games, Haren is likely to see that record get worse. Take the Marlins at 1.68.
Back the Marlins at 1.68
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