The Coach's Free Play
(MLB) Chi White Sox vs. Cleveland, 04/14/2015 3:10 PM, Score: 4 - 1
Money Line: -127.00 Cleveland (Home)
Result: Loss
The Chicago White Sox struggled at the plate to start the season mustering only seven runs over their first four games. The bats have come alive of late, but I think they're about to cool off again as they open a two game set at Cleveland tonight. The Tribe will turn to a hot young pitcher, and should prove to be worth the money at home.


Here are my keys to the game:

1. Pitching - The White Sox will hand the ball to Jose Quintana who will be looking to bounce back from an atrocious performance as he surrendered five runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Cleveland will counter with Carlos Carrasco who will look to build on an outstanding performance his first start of the year. The 28 year old hurled 6 1/3 scoreless innings giving up only three hits with 10 strike-outs in a 2-0 win at Houston. He was 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA over 40 outings, 14 starts last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA over 21 appearances at home.

2. Trends - The White Sox are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Cleveland.

3. X-Factor - Mike Aviles is 8-for-19 (.421) lifetime versus Quintana, and Jose Ramirez is 3-for-5 lifetime versus the lefty.


Selection: This is a play on Cleveland Indians