Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians’ late-season drive for a playoff spot will keep rolling Tuesday when they take care of business at home against the Chicago White Sox.
The Indians have everything to play for as they currently have a tenuous hold on one of the American League’s two Wild Card positions. Ubaldo Jimenez is the right pitcher to have throwing for them in this game. He’s been incredibly sharp over the past month. In his last five starts, Jimenez is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA. In two previous outings against the White Sox, Jimenez has also been particularly strong. He’s 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings pitched in those match ups.
Even more telling is the Indians overall domination of Chicago this season. The Indians are 15-2 versus the White Sox in 2013. Chicago’s pitcher, Hector Santiago, likely won’t enhance his team’s chance for a victory. Over his most recent three starts, Santiago is 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA. Against, the Indians, he’s 0-1 with an 11.37 ERA in two starts. Pick the Indians to win at 1.40.
San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks
In the race to stay out of the National League West cellar, the San Diego Padres will get a much needed home win versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. San Diego pitcher Tyson Ross makes the most of his opportunities to throw at pitcher friendly Petco Park.
In 14 appearances there, he’s registered a 2.18 this year. Moreover, Arizona is a good match up for the right-hander. He’s faced off against the Diamondbacks three times this year and came out of those contests with a 2.40 ERA. A final interesting note about Ross, he actually pitches better against teams with winning percentages above .500. In 18 games versus better clubs (like the D-Backs) he owns a 2.84 ERA; when competing against losing sides he has a 3.92 ERA.
After a breakout season in 2012, Arizona starter Wade Miley has been up and down. As of late, he’s been more on the down side. In his past five starts, he’s 1-2 with a 4.67 ERA. With the Diamondbacks playing for even less than the Padres (Arizona is certain to finish second in the division, while San Diego could finish anywhere from third to last), look for a motivated Padres team to prevail. Take them at 1.87.
Back the Indians to beat the White Sox at 1.40.
Back the Padres to beat the Diamondbacks at 1.87.