MLB Odds: Orioles Faltering; Cleveland on the Rise
Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet this Saturday (4:10 PM ET, MLBN) when Cleveland hosts Baltimore in Game 2 of a three-game series at the Jake. The Tribe have won eight of their last 11 games at press time, moving up into second place in the AL Central at 25-20 (+1.50 betting units). The Orioles (26-18, +7.42 units) have fallen from first to second in the AL East after losing six of their last nine.
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Danny Salazar (2.83 FIP) is on tap to start for Cleveland. Salazar has been good-to-great since his MLB debut in 2013; the Dominican northpaw has pitched very well this year, but the Tribe are only 4-5 in his nine starts for a loss of 2.08 units. The under is 5-2-2 thus far with Salazar on the mound.
Baltimore will roll the dice with Ubaldo Jimenez (4.35 FIP), another Dominican righty who also sports a team record of 4-5 at minus-1.34 units. Jimenez allowed six earned runs in three of his last five starts, inflating his ERA to 6.04, but it might not be all his fault. Opposing hitters have a .367 BABIP off Jimenez, well above his career average of .296.