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Friday, May 27, 2016

MLB : 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.

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.

MLB : Orioles Faltering; Cleveland on the Rise

MLB Odds: O's Sticking With Ubaldo in Cleveland
It's been rough sledding lately for Ubaldo Jimenez, but he'll make his regular start this Saturday when Baltimore (26-18, +7.42 betting units) visits Cleveland (25-20, +1.50 units). First pitch is at 4:10 PM ET on the MLB Network.

Jimenez has an unsightly 6.04 ERA after allowing six earned runs in three of his last five starts, but his 4.35 FIP and .367 BABIP suggest things aren't quite that bad. Cleveland responds with Danny Salazar (2.83 FIP), who's pitched very well for the Tribe; however, they're 4-5 in his nine starts after scoring just 10 runs in those five losses.

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