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|06-22-19||Astros v. Yankees -154||Top||5-7||Win||100||8 h 2 m||Show|
Two division leaders moving in totally opposite directions meet Saturday night when the slumping Houston Astros visit the red-hot New York Yankees for the third of a four-game set. The Yankees extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 victory Friday as Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez each homered for the third straight contest while Houston has dropped six in a row - its longest losing streak since 2015.
Torres has knocked in nine runs in his last three contests and Sanchez is 9-for-23 with 12 RBIs during his six-game hitting streak for New York, which can tie the franchise record of 25 straight outings with a homer set in 1941 on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka hopes to string three consecutive wins together when he takes the mound for the American League East-leading Yankees and the Astros counter with left-hander Wade Miley, who will try to help his team win its first road game since June 6.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros LH Wade Miley (6-4, 3.30 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.23)
Tanaka comes in after posting his first shutout of the season and the fourth of his career when he scattered a pair of hits over nine innings with 10 strikeouts in a win over Tampa Bay on Monday. The 30-year-old Japan native has struck out 84 and walked just 20 over 92 innings this season while registering a 2.83 ERA in nine starts at home in 2019. Alex Bregman is 3-for-6 with a homer against Tanaka, who permitted one run over six innings in a no-decision at Houston on April 8.
Lay the large number with the Yankees to keep rolling behind Tanaka.
|06-11-19||Brewers v. Astros -116||Top||8-10||Win||100||9 h 41 m||Show|
The Houston Astros, runaway leaders of the American League West, step into interleague play when they host the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday in the first contest of a two-game set. Houston has won five straight series and is 10-0-1 in its last 11 sets despite missing key regulars such as George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa after taking two of three from Baltimore over the weekend.
The Astros continue to receive key contributions from their call-ups with Yordan Alvarez the latest to deliver. The 21-year-old Cuban belted a two-run homer Sunday in his second career at-bat after hitting a minor league-most 23 home runs in 56 games this season with Triple-A Round Rock.
Milwaukee, which has won four straight after sweeping three from Pittsburgh, continues to spar with the Chicago Cubs for National League Central supremacy. Houston's Brad Peacock has excelled since going to a full wind-up with the bases empty and Tuesday opposes Freddy Peralta, who is coming off a strong outing in his first start since May 13.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Freddy Peralta (3-2, 5.11 ERA) vs. Astros RH Brad Peacock (5-3, 3.20)
Peacock suffered his first loss since changing his delivery with no one on base after allowing two runs, four hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings of a 14-1 loss at Seattle on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Florida native is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in six starts since making the change with 41 strikeouts in 34 innings during that span.
Houston (45-22) has matched the best start in club history and is 27-8 in its last 35 games.
Brewers are 1-7 in their last 8 interleague road games. Astros are 5-0 in Peacocks last 5 interleague starts.
Take the Astros at a cheap price.
|06-11-19||Cardinals -148 v. Marlins||Top||7-1||Win||100||8 h 40 m||Show|
The St. Louis Cardinals' road struggles have lasted for over a month, making this week a good time for them to return to a city they have enjoyed visiting over the previous four-plus seasons. The Cardinals continue their three-game series Tuesday in search of their 13th road victory over the Miami Marlins in 16 attempts.
Following a four-game winning streak during which they scored 42 runs, the Marlins have totaled nine during a five-game skid - six of which came in a 12-inning loss to Atlanta on Sunday, when they squandered a four-run lead in the ninth frame.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Dakota Hudson (4-3, 3.70 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 9.00)
Hernandez is expected to make his first start of the season and the seventh of his brief career in place of an injured Caleb Smith. The 24-year-old Hernandez gave up two runs over as many innings in a relief appearance against San Francisco on May 28 after going 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA in six starts as a rookie last year.
Cardinals are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and are 4-0 in Hudsons last 4 starts. Marlins are 3-11 in their last 14 vs. National League Central and are 0-5 in Hernandezs last 5 starts.
Cardinals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and they get the money in Miami.
|06-11-19||Blue Jays v. Orioles +107||Top||2-4||Win||107||8 h 34 m||Show|
The Baltimore Orioles staggered to a major league-worst 115 losses a year ago and are tied for the worst record in baseball this season, but they have one attainable goal when they open a six-game homestand against the reeling Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Buried in the American League East cellar, the Orioles are only three games behind reeling fourth-place Toronto.
The Blue Jays have dropped four games in a row scoring two runs or fewer in each and 14 of 17 overall after absorbing a three-game sweep at home by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.73 ERA) vs. Orioles LH John Means (5-4, 2.67)
Means has been one of the few bright spots for Baltimore but he also is winless in his last four trips to the mound despite not allowing more than three runs in each of those outings. The 26-year-old rookie settled for his third straight no-decision at Texas on Wednesday despite limiting the Rangers to one run over six innings and also tossed six innings of one-run ball in his previous turn against Detroit. Means has pitched superbly at Camden Yards with a 3-1 mark and 1.53 ERA in seven appearances (five starts).
Blue Jays are 0-6 in their last 6 road games and are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Baltimore.
In a rare spot I’m backing Baltimore at home.
|09-17-18||Reds v. Brewers -160||Top||0-8||Win||100||9 h 59 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers' aspirations for the National League Central title haven't been done any favors by their play against division rivals. After losing for the 11th time in 16 meetings with Pittsburgh, the Brewers bid to rebound on Monday as they open a three-game home series versus the one NL Central foe they have enjoyed success against in the Cincinnati Reds.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Anthony DeSclafani (7-5, 4.80 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Wade Miley (4-2, 2.23)
Miley yielded fewer than three earned runs for the 12th time in 13 starts with Milwaukee after allowing two in five innings of a 3-2 triumph over the Cubs. The 31-year-old has pitched well in a pair of turns versus Cincinnati, permitting one run and three hits in six frames of a 3-1 win on May 2 before surrendering one run in 7 1/3 innings of a no-decision on Aug. 30. Speedster Billy Hamilton is 3-for-8 at the plate versus Miley, who owns a 4-2 record and 3.14 ERA in nine career meetings with Cincinnati.
|09-17-18||Twins v. Tigers -113||Top||6-1||Loss||-113||8 h 29 m||Show|
The Detroit Tigers attempt to snap their four-game losing streak at Comerica Park when they kick off their final homestand of the season with the opener of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins on Monday. Detroit is coming off a series victory in Cleveland that concluded with Sunday's 6-4 triumph over the American League Central champion.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins LH Gabriel Moya (3-1, 4.88 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (7-7, 4.17)
Twins are 1-9 in their last 10 games following a win. Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. Twins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit.
|09-05-18||Cubs v. Brewers -110||Top||6-4||Loss||-110||7 h 33 m||Show|
The Chicago Cubs went into their three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a big enough cushion in the National League Central that they could endure anything short of being swept. The Brewers have a chance to do exactly that in the series finale Wednesday.
Milwaukee routed the division-leading Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday to pull within three games. Chicago still leads the season series 9-6, but the Brewers have won five of the last six matchups. Milwaukee has won three straight and six of its last seven to take over the top spot in the NL wild-card standings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (11-9, 4.21 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (14-5, 3.53)
Quintana has been inconsistent all season, but he has been on an upswing recently, posting a 2.25 ERA over his last three starts. The 29-year-old limited Philadelphia to one run and three hits over six innings in a no-decision Friday, striking out seven and walking one. Quintana is 4-2 with a 1.67 ERA in eight career starts against Milwaukee.
Chacin won at Washington last time out to match his career-high for wins set in 2013 with Colorado. The 30-year-old has posted five straight quality starts, including one against the Cubs on Aug. 14 in which he had a season-high 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless frames. Chacin is 4-4 with a 2.84 ERA in nine games (eight starts) against Chicago.
|08-30-18||Cubs v. Braves -123||Top||5-4||Loss||-123||7 h 48 m||Show|
The Chicago Cubs are in the midst of playing 23 games in 23 days through Sept. 12, and the Atlanta Braves will have played 38 contests in 37 days when they reach that date. But even though the two teams - who meet in Atlanta on Thursday to make up an early-season rainout - face a challenging grind as August evolves into September, neither squad is complaining as the matchup pits the National League’s top two teams record-wise in a potential playoff preview.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.62 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (10-8, 2.67)
Montgomery is expected to come off the disabled list (left shoulder inflammation) and make his first appearance since an Aug. 11 relief stint against Washington. The 29-year-old has made 13 starts since May 28 in helping to fill in for injured starter Yu Darvish, posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in those outings.
Foltynewicz struggled in July as he allowed four runs or more in four consecutive starts, but he has returned to All-Star form in August. The 26-year-old has posted a 1.38 ERA in five starts this month, allowing five earned runs across 32 2/3 innings with eight walks and 36 strikeouts. Foltynewicz, who began Wednesday fourth in the NL in ERA and sixth in strikeouts (169), struck out 10 in five innings while surrendering one unearned run against the Cubs on May 15.
Cubs are 1-4 in Montgomerys last 5 road starts. Braves are 5-1 in Foltynewiczs last 6 starts with 5 days of rest.
|08-29-18||Diamondbacks v. Giants +112||Top||3-1||Loss||-100||12 h 53 m||Show|
The Arizona Diamondbacks' offense suddenly has evaporated, and so has the team's lead in the National League West. The Diamondbacks wrap up their three-game series against the host San Francisco Giants on Wednesday after suffering back-to-back shutout losses and have fallen into a first-place tie with Colorado.
Arizona has dropped four of its last five contests, failed to score in its last 23 innings and managed just 11 hits while losing the first two games of the set by a cumulative 3-0 score.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Zack Godley (13-7, 4.59 ERA) vs. Giants RH Dereck Rodriguez (6-1, 2.30)
Godley gave up five runs and seven hits over five innings in a loss to Seattle in his last turn and has allowed 11 runs over 10 frames in his last two starts. The 28-year-old has fared well in his last seven outings on the road, going 5-0 with a 4.05 ERA. Godley has struggled against the Giants this season, going 1-2 with an 8.79 ERA in three starts, and is 2-3 with an 8.39 ERA in seven career appearances (five starts).
Rodriguez has won five consecutive decisions and is in the mix for National League Rookie of the Year honors despite not reaching the majors until late May. The 26-year-old has allowed just 19 hits in 39 1/3 innings since the All-Star break while going 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA during that span. Rodriguez allowed six hits over 6 1/3 scoreless frames while defeating the Diamondbacks on June 30.
Diamondbacks are 1-7 in their last 8 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Giants are 5-0 in Rodriguezs last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. Diamondbacks are 1-4 in their last 5 games with Johnson behind home plate.
|08-28-18||Rockies -127 v. Angels||Top||3-2||Win||100||7 h 58 m||Show|
The Colorado Rockies wasted an opportunity to grab a share of first place in the National League West but hope to receive another chance when they visit the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for the finale of their two-game interleague set. Colorado remained one game behind division-leading Arizona after dropping a 10-7 decision in Monday's series opener.
The Rockies also trail Milwaukee by 1 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot in the NL as they battled back from a 5-2 deficit with five consecutive runs before allowing five in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to their third loss in four contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Kyle Freeland (11-7, 2.96 ERA) vs. Angels RH Noe Ramirez (4-4, 4.69)
Freeland makes his second attempt at a career-high 12th victory after settling for a no-decision against San Diego on Thursday despite allowing only two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old native of Denver also looks to even his record and lower his 3.58 ERA on the road, which is more than a full run higher than his mark at home (2.27). Freeland never has faced the Angels but is 5-0 with a 1.81 ERA in seven career interleague starts.
Ramirez, who recorded his first career save by working a perfect inning on 11 pitches in the series opener, will make his first major-league start in the finale as the Angels go with the ever-popular "bullpen game" approach. The 28-year-old Californian has made 60 relief appearances this season and 103 overall since making his debut with Boston in 2015. Ramirez met the Rockies for the first time on May 8, when he yielded two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning at Colorado.
Rockies are 6-1 in Freelands last 7 interleague starts. Angels are 1-6 in their last 7 overall. Rockies are 7-2 in their last 9 games with Hamari behind home plate.
|08-22-18||Indians -108 v. Red Sox||Top||4-10||Loss||-108||7 h 15 m||Show|
Having flexed their muscles with wins in the first two games of the series, the Cleveland Indians send 15-game winner Carlos Carrasco to the mound against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
The Indians, who hit three home runs in coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win Monday night, hit two more Tuesday in the second game between the two division leaders, a 6-3 victory.
Carrasco, 15-6 with a 3.33 ERA, faces left-hander Brian Johnson, who will try to help the Red Sox, losers of three games in three days, avoid what would be their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Carrasco, who has forced his way into the Cy Young talk, has gone 7-1 in July and August and has thrown back-to-back seven-inning shutout efforts his last two times out.
Johnson is 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA overall but is 3-0 as a starter in August, with the offense helping him out. He has yielded 17 hits and 12 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings in those starts but does have 19 strikeouts over that span.
Indians are 36-16 in Carrascos last 52 road starts. Indians are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
|08-21-18||Phillies v. Nationals -131||Top||4-10||Win||100||10 h 60 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of baseball's feel-good stories this season, although the good vibes have soured a bit with losses in seven of their last 11 contests. The Phillies (68-56) aim to get back on track Tuesday as they begin a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals (62-63).
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (8-9, 4.13 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Tanner Roark (8-12, 4.13)
Velasquez turned in scoreless outings in four of five trips to the mound before struggling in back-to-back starts, including a three-run, four-walk performance in 2 1/3 innings of a no-decision versus Boston on Wednesday. The 26-year-old overcame another four-walk effort to allow one run on one hit in five frames of a 3-1 triumph at Washington on May 5. Wilmer Difo belted a solo homer in that contest and is 2-for-4 in a small sample size versus Velasquez, who owns a 2-2 mark with a 5.28 ERA in six career outings against the Nationals.
Roark has changed the narrative on what has been a disastrous season by going 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA since the All-Star break. The 31-year-old has permitted seven earned runs and 28 hits during that stretch (35 2/3 innings), with three and five, respectively, coming in a 5-4 victory at St. Louis on Thursday.
Phillies are 0-5 in Velasquezs last 5 road starts. Nationals are 5-0 in Roarks last 5 starts.
|08-19-18||Astros v. A's +142||Top||9-4||Loss||-100||5 h 14 m||Show|
The Oakland Athletics have erased a 12-game deficit in a two-month span and can take over first place in the American League West when they finish a three-game series with the visiting Houston Astros on Sunday. With an extra-inning triumph in the series opener and a 7-1 win Saturday, the Athletics improved to 40-13 since the middle of June to tie the defending champs atop the division.
Matt Olson delivered the walk-off homer Friday and had two hits, two runs and an RBI to pace an 11-hit attack Saturday. Trevor Cahill yielded one hit in seven scoreless frames for Oakland as the club cut its ERA since the All-Star break to 2.90, tops in the majors in that span. Sean Manaea will try to keep that run going as he opposes Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, who will be making his third attempt at career win No. 200. Houston is 7-12 since reigning MVP Jose Altuve (knee) last played a game July 25.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Justin Verlander (11-8, 2.52 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (11-8, 3.44)
Stay with the red-hot A’s in this spot.
|08-19-18||Angels -106 v. Rangers||Top||2-4||Loss||-106||4 h 14 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels had their offense in high gear in their last contest and attempt to earn a split of their four-game series when they visit the Texas Rangers for the finale on Sunday. The Angels pounded out 16 hits, including five home runs, en route to an 11-7 triumph on Saturday after losing the first two games of the series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Jaime Barria (8-7, 3.50 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Bartolo Colon (7-10, 5.19)
Angels are 4-0 in Barrias last 4 starts. Rangers are 3-15 in their last 18 during game 4 of a series. Road team is 4-1 in Conroys last 5 games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
|08-19-18||Brewers v. Cardinals -110||Top||2-1||Loss||-110||3 h 25 m||Show|
Two rivals heading in different directions meet Sunday as the surging St. Louis Cardinals aim for a sweep of their three-game series against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. St. Louis took over sole possession of the second wild-card spot in the National League with Saturday’s 7-2 victory while Milwaukee lost for the eighth time in its last 11 games and fell out of wild card position for the first time since early in the season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (12-4, 3.72 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH John Gant (5-4, 3.74)
Brewers are 1-4 in Chacins last 5 starts vs. National League Central. Cardinals are 17-5 in their last 22 overall.
|08-15-18||Angels v. Padres -119||Top||3-2||Loss||-119||11 h 58 m||Show|
Justin Upton has slugged five homers during his seven-game hitting streak and looks to continue his power display on Wednesday, when the Los Angeles Angels attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the host San Diego Padres. Upton went deep for the second straight night in Tuesday's 7-3 victory against one of his former teams and is 5-for-10 with five RBIs in the series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Felix Pena (1-3, 4.95 ERA) vs. Padres LH Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.36)
Pena came away without a decision against Oakland in his last turn as he gave up three runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old served up two homers in the contest after giving up just five in 10 appearances (eight starts) prior to the outing. Pena has started on the road three times this season, going 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA.
Erlin wasn't involved in the decision against Milwaukee in his last turn as he gave up four runs - two earned - and seven hits over five innings. The 27-year-old fared better in his previous turn, when he allowed just one run and two hits in five frames while beating the Chicago Cubs. Erlin's control has been superb as he has registered 57 strikeouts against just eight walks in 69 2/3 innings this season.
Angels are 2-11 in their last 13 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Home team is 6-2 in De Jesus' last 8 Wednesday games behind home plate.
|08-14-18||Pirates -118 v. Twins||Top||2-5||Loss||-118||7 h 50 m||Show|
The Pittsburgh Pirates need to get back to winning series if they hope to enter the wild card race in the National League as serious contenders. The Pirates will try to get started on taking a quick series when they visit the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in the opener of a two-game interleague set.
Pittsburgh enters the week five games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card and eight games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central after dropping a 4-3 decision at San Francisco on Sunday to settle for a split of the four-game set.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (9-8, 3.63 ERA) vs. Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (4-7, 4.50)
Taillon is coming off his second complete game of the season after scattering two runs and 10 hits across nine innings in a 10-2 win at Colorado last Tuesday. The 26-year-old surrendered three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 13 outings, dropping his ERA from 4.56 to 3.63 in that span. Taillon started against Minnesota at home on April 2 and earned a win while yielding two runs and four hits over 5 1/3 frames.
Odorizzi is winless in his last five turns and completed six innings just once in that span. The 28-year-old lasted 4 2/3 frames at Cleveland on Wednesday and was charged with two runs - one earned - on four hits and a pair of walks without factoring in the decision. Odorizzi started at Pittsburgh on April 4 and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks across 4 1/3 innings without a decision.
Pirates are 6-2 in Taillons last 8 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. Twins are 0-6 in their last 6 interleague games and are 1-6 in Odorizzis last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
|08-10-18||Diamondbacks -123 v. Reds||Top||0-3||Loss||-123||4 h 10 m||Show|
David Peralta has turned it on since the calendar shifted to August, going a sizzling 18-for-33 with seven extra-base hits (three doubles, triple, three homers). Peralta aims to continue his sterling performance at the plate on Friday as the Arizona Diamondbacks (64-52) begin a nine-game road trip with the first of three contests against the Cincinnati Reds (50-65).
Peralta recorded his third four-hit performance of the month in Wednesday's 6-0 romp over Philadelphia while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs to boot. The 30-year-old Venezuelan aims to keep it going versus Friday starter Anthony DeSclafani, against whom he is 3-for-6 with a double in his career. While Arizona won two of three versus Cincinnati in late May and eight of its last 12 overall, the Reds completed a dismal 2-7 road trip with a thud after an 8-0 setback at the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Clay Buchholz (5-1, 2.68 ERA) vs. Reds RH Anthony DeSclafani (5-3, 4.98)
Buchholz won his fourth straight start on Saturday after allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings of a 9-3 victory versus San Francisco. The 33-year-old was taken deep twice in that contest and has surrendered seven homers in 10 outings this season.
DeSclafani posted his first win in nearly a month on Saturday after yielding one run on six hits over a season high-tying seven innings of a 7-1 romp at Washington.
Paul Goldschmidt is a robust 6-for-8 with a three extra-base hits (two doubles, homer) and three RBIs versus DeSclafani.
Diamondbacks are 10-1 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing record and are 4-0 in Buchholzs last 4 starts. Reds are 0-5 in DeSclafanis last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance. Diamondbacks are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Cincinnati.
|08-10-18||Mets -115 v. Marlins||Top||6-2||Win||100||4 h 9 m||Show|
The New York Mets begin an unconventional 10-day, 11-game, five-city road trip on Friday when they play the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins (47-69). The Mets (47-65) will play sets against last-place teams Miami and Baltimore, a one-game makeup tilt versus the New York Yankees as well as a five-game series at National League East-leading Philadelphia.
While the Mets have shown a bit of optimism by winning three of their last five, the Marlins have lost eight of nine to find themselves occupying the cellar in the division.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (6-6, 3.89 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jose Urena (3-11, 4.66)
Wheeler won his career-high fourth straight start on Saturday after recording his second consecutive scoreless outing. The 28-year-old scattered three hits and struck out a season high-tying nine batters in a 3-0 victory versus Atlanta to run his scoreless innings streak to 17. Wheeler, who has kept the ball in the park in each of his last three trips to the mound (20 innings), has yielded just four runs on nine hits with 16 strikeouts en route to splitting a pair of encounters with the Marlins.
Urena yielded three homers and six runs total over five innings in an 8-3 setback at Philadelphia in his last outing. The 26-year-old Dominican has allowed at least five runs in three of his last four starts, with 12 walks in that span driving up his pitch count. Urena kept the ball in the park and only issued one free pass in his lone encounter with the Mets this season, although it ended up in a loss after he permitted three runs on five hits in as many innings of a 4-2 setback on April 9.
|08-09-18||Padres +160 v. Brewers||Top||8-4||Win||160||4 h 3 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off a stellar power display as they look to win the rubber match of their three-game series against the visiting San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon. Five different players homered - tying a franchise record - as the Brewers recorded an 8-4 victory on Wednesday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres LH Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.34 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.42)
Erlin is making his second straight start and fourth of the campaign. The 27-year-old defeated the Cubs on August 2 as he gave up one run and two hits over five innings. Erlin allowed two runs and three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief against the Brewers on March 31 in his lone career appearance versus the club.
Guerra has gone 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA while serving up five home runs over this last four turns. The 33-year-old won three straight outings prior to the funk and is holding opponents to a .233 batting average this season. Guerra is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three career starts versus the Padres.
Brewers are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter. Brewers are 1-7 in their last 8 games with Tichenor behind home plate.
|08-09-18||Braves +110 v. Nationals||Top||3-6||Loss||-100||3 h 58 m||Show|
Ronald Acuna arrived in the majors as one of the most heralded prospects in recent memory, and the Atlanta Braves outfielder enters Thursday’s series finale at the Washington Nationals off the biggest performance of his young big-league career. Acuna displayed the tools that made scouts salivate in Wednesday’s 8-3 victory, outrunning a pickoff throw for a stolen base, belting a 452-foot homer and snagging Matt Adams’ would-be homer at the top of the center field fence.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 2.89 ERA) vs. Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.04)
Sanchez is one of the reasons the Braves are contending for a playoff spot, considering the spring-training signee enters Thursday with the lowest WHIP (1.06) and third-lowest ERA of his 13-year career. The 34-year-old held the New York Mets to one run on two hits over six innings Friday with a season-high nine strikeouts - the sixth-consecutive start he has worked at least six frames. Sanchez is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Nationals in 2018.
Gonzalez, a steady piece of the Nationals rotation since 2012, has struggled mightily since beginning the season 6-2. The 32-year-old is winless in his past 11 starts, posting a 6.37 ERA with nine homers allowed in 53 2/3 innings, and opponents are hitting .303 with a .871 OPS in that span. Gonzalez is 5-11 with a 5.04 ERA lifetime against the Braves and gave up three runs with nine strikeouts over seven innings in his lone appearance against Atlanta this season.
After scoring eight runs in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Nationals are 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position the past two games with 18 runners left on base.
Braves are 4-0 in Sanchezs last 4 starts vs. National League East. Nationals are 0-4 in Gonzalezs last 4 starts. Road team is 4-1 in Carapazzas last 5 games behind home plate vs. Atlanta.
|08-07-18||Dodgers -109 v. A's||Top||4-2||Win||100||11 h 22 m||Show|
The Oakland Athletics are the hottest team in baseball as they make a surprising run at the Houston Astros atop the American League West. The Athletics will try to stay perfect on the homestand and stretch their winning streak to seven straight when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a two-game interleague series on Tuesday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Rich Hill (4-4, 3.63 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Sean Manaea (10-7, 3.38)
Hill is thriving since the All-Star break with a total of two earned runs allowed in 19 innings spread over three starts. The 38-year-old added 21 strikeouts in that span and won the first two starts before settling for a no-decision against Milwaukee on Wednesday. Hill, who posted a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts for Oakland in 2016 before being traded to Los Angeles, is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA in seven road starts this season.
Manaea allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 11 starts and earned a win over Toronto on Wednesday by yielding one run and five hits across six innings. The 26-year-old is holding opponents to a .220 batting average and is fifth in the AL with a 1.01 WHIP. Manaea surrendered solo home runs to Chris Taylor and Corey Seager in five innings at Los Angeles on April 10 and was saddled with a loss.
Dodgers are 8-1 in their last 9 games following an off day. Athletics are 2-12 in Manaeas last 14 Tuesday starts.
|08-01-18||Cubs -125 v. Pirates||Top||9-2||Win||100||6 h 7 m||Show|
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big splash at the trading deadline in hopes of making more waves in the National League Central race. The Pirates will try to trim another game off their deficit when they wrap up a brief two-game set against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh held on for a 5-4 win in the series opener Tuesday, as Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco homered and Chicago’s Addison Russell was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple with no outs in the ninth.
Veteran left-hander Cole Hamels will make his Cubs debut and look to build on a solid record at PNC Park, where he is 1-1 with a 1.22 ERA in five career starts. Hamels is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts against the Pirates, but he hasn’t faced them since 2016.
Kingham had his three-start winning streak snapped Thursday against the New York Mets, who tagged him for six runs over three-plus innings. The 26-year-old rookie struggled with his command last time out, issuing a season-high four walks and working behind in the count throughout the brief outing.
Cubs are 61-29 in their last 90 games following a loss. Pirates are 1-5 in Kinghams last 6 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
|07-28-18||Phillies -124 v. Reds||Top||2-6||Loss||-124||8 h 29 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies made a move to shore up one of their weaknesses for the stretch run, swinging a trade with the New York Mets to add "more offense in the infield." Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to join the Phillies on Saturday when the National League East leaders continue their four-game series against the host Cincinnati Reds.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (7-8, 4.05 ERA) vs. Reds RH Matt Harvey (5-6, 5.21)
Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. National League Central. Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 games with Porter behind home plate.
|07-27-18||Dodgers -147 v. Braves||Top||4-1||Win||100||9 h 39 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Dodgers have relied on home runs to help them reach the top of the National League West, and they received one from their newest acquisition in the series opener to give them a boost entering Friday’s contest against the host Atlanta Braves. Manny Machado, who was obtained from Baltimore during the All-Star break, belted his first homer in a Dodgers uniform during Thursday’s 8-2 victory, a solo shot that increased Los Angeles’ league-leading total of 140 blasts.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (3-5, 2.64 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 2.85)
The biggest challenge this season for Kershaw is staying on the field, as left biceps tendinitis and a lower back strain cost him seven weeks. The 30-year-old has excelled since returning from the disabled list on June 23, going 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts in six starts, with the loss coming when he allowed four runs - one earned - over six innings Saturday against Milwaukee. Kershaw, who owns a 1.09 WHIP and a 4.88 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in nine career turns against Atlanta.
Foltynewicz has pitched well for the Braves this season but looks to snap out of a mini-skid, as he has posted a 6.87 ERA over 18 1/3 innings in losing two of his last three starts. The 26-year-old earned his first career All-Star selection but scuffled in his first start after the break, giving up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 frames of a loss at Washington on Sunday.
Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning record and are 15-5 in their last 20 road games vs. a right-handed starter.Braves are 0-4 in Foltynewiczs last 4 starts vs. National League West and are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
|07-25-18||A's -115 v. Rangers||Top||6-5||Win||100||10 h 53 m||Show|
The Oakland Athletics have taken advantage of a battered pitching staff in their previous two games to extend their winning streak and increase their major-league lead in homers on the road. Oakland seeks its fifth consecutive victory when it visits the Texas Rangers on Wednesday for the third contest of their four-game series.
The Athletics have scored a total of 28 runs in winning the first two contests of the set and rallied from an eight-run deficit on Tuesday, scoring 11 unanswered runs over their final four frames to post a 13-10 win in 10 innings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Edwin Jackson (1-2, 2.93 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Martin Perez (2-4, 8.05)
Jackson is coming off his second straight loss, both of which came against San Francisco. The 34-year-old journeyman allowed more than two earned runs for the first time on Friday, yielding three along with four hits over 6 1/3 innings at home, but still registered a quality start. Jackson owns a 2-3 record with one shutout and a 4.02 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers.
After returning from a 2 1/2-month layoff due to an injury to his non-throwing elbow on July 14 with a superb performance in a hard-luck loss at Baltimore, Perez was battered by Cleveland for six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision. The 27-year-old Venezuelan has been pounded in two of his three turns at home this year, surrendering 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks over 8 1/3 frames in those outings. Despite yielding 10 hits for the first of three times in his seven turns in 2018, Perez improved to 8-7 with a 5.23 ERA in 17 career starts against the Athletics on April 5, when he limited the damage to three runs over 5 1/3 innings in his season debut.
Athletics are 26-10 in their last 36 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Rangers are 13-32 in their last 45 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
Road team is 4-0 in Barksdales last 4 games behind home plate vs. Oakland.
|07-25-18||Nationals v. Brewers -123||Top||7-3||Loss||-123||4 h 58 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers welcomed two important players back to the lineup and may have received the spark they needed with a 5-4, 10-inning victory on Tuesday to clinch the series win against the struggling Washington Nationals. The Brewers look to complete the sweep and solidify their National League wild-card spot when they host the Nationals for the finale on Wednesday afternoon.
Eric Thames notched an RBI in his return from the disabled list and All-Star Jesus Aguilar (hamstring) was back from a two-game absence while Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to eight games, a stretch during which he is 17-for-33 with eight RBIs. Rookie Freddy Peralta will try to help the Brewers finish the sweep on Wednesday while Washington hopes to begin turning around its fortunes with Tanner Roark on the mound. The Nationals have dropped five of their last seven contests as they fade further out of contention in the NL East and wild-card races.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-12, 4.87 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Freddy Peralta (4-1, 2.65)
Roark has recorded just one victory since the beginning of May and is 0-3 with a 9.56 ERA while allowing 28 hits over 16 innings in three starts this month. The 31-year-old Illinois product gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks over five frames in a loss to the New York Mets in his last outing. Brad Miller is 5-for-6 with a pair of doubles against Roark.
Peralta looks to rebound from his shortest appearance in the majors last time out at Miami, where he was touched for three runs in 3 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old Dominican had posted three quality starts in his previous four outings, with three wins and a loss in which he gave up three runs over five frames. Peralta has been dominant in his first two starts at home this season, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Nationals are 0-6 in Roarks last 6 starts on grass. Brewers are 9-3 in their last 12 home games.
|07-09-18||Cubs v. Giants -114||Top||1-2||Win||100||12 h 39 m||Show|
The surging Chicago Cubs head west for the week with first place in the National League Central within reach. The Cubs kick off a six-game West Coast trip that will take them into the All-Star break when they begin a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 4.27 ERA) vs. Giants LH Andrew Suarez (3-5, 3.92)
Hendricks has lost five of his last six decisions and posted a 6.29 ERA over his last seven outings. The 28-year-old relies on pinpoint command and has struggled to locate his pitches recently, issuing 18 walks in five turns last month before limiting the number to one free pass over five innings in a no-decision against Detroit on Tuesday. Hendricks is 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA in six career starts versus San Francisco.
Suarez has posted a 2.10 ERA over his last five starts, allowing fewer than three runs in each, but has recorded only one win over that stretch. The 25-year-old rookie struck out six and gave up one run over seven frames Wednesday at Colorado but was on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision. Suarez is 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in six home starts.
Cubs are 1-4 in Hendricks' last 5 road starts. Giants are 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
|07-08-18||Dodgers -106 v. Angels||Top||3-4||Loss||-106||9 h 23 m||Show|
While the beginning of the Los Angeles Dodgers' rebound from a 16-26 start coincides almost perfectly with the return of Justin Turner to the lineup, he hasn't been a huge part of their resurgence. The 2017 All-Star delivered a key hit in Saturday's victory, however, and he'll try to be an important part of what the Dodgers hope is their sixth win in seven tries Sunday when they visit the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match of their three-game series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Alex Wood (5-5, 3.84 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (4-6, 3.94)
Dodgers are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and are 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter. Angels are 2-15 in Heaneys last 17 starts following a team loss in their previous game and are 1-5 in Heaneys last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. Dodgers are 16-5 in their last 21 games with Timmons behind home plate.
|07-07-18||Phillies +117 v. Pirates||Top||3-2||Win||117||6 h 42 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies have surged into a tie for the lead in the National League East, and if their performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates continues, they’ll have a chance to keep climbing this weekend. The Phillies aim for a sixth straight victory when they visit the Pirates for the middle contest of their three-game series on Saturday.
The Phillies have won five in a row and seven of their last eight after rolling to a 17-5 rout in the series opener, pulling into a tie with Atlanta atop the division. After leaning on dominant pitching for its previous four victories, Philadelphia collected 18 hits in Friday’s rout. Pittsburgh has lost four straight as its pitching staff has been beaten up, allowing 48 runs - and 12 homers - during the skid. The Phillies have won all five meetings with the Pirates this season, outscoring them 35-10.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.05)
Arrieta is winless in his last six turns, recording only one quality start over that stretch. The 32-year-old pitched better last time out, allowing three runs - two earned - over five innings in a no-decision against Washington. Arrieta is 11-6 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 career starts against the Pirates, including a victory on April 19 in which he struck out 10 and allowed one hit over seven scoreless frames.
Taillon was excellent in June, going 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA, but he didn’t have his best stuff in his first outing of July. The 26-year-old allowed four runs - three earned - over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at San Diego on Sunday. Taillon gave up five runs in 1 2/3 frames at Philadelphia on April 19, falling to 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.
Phillies are 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Pirates are 2-6 in Taillons last 8 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. Phillies are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
|07-07-18||Reds +145 v. Cubs||Top||7-8||Loss||-100||4 h 58 m||Show|
The Cincinnati Reds have brought out their best when they face the Chicago Cubs, and they’ll try to continue their dominance in the season series when the teams square off Saturday afternoon in the middle contest of their three-game series at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati took the opener 3-2 on Friday, improving to 7-3 against the Cubs this campaign.
The Reds have won five straight against Chicago for the first time since 2014, and though they remain in last place in the National League Central, they’ve won 14 of their last 18 overall. The loss snapped the Cubs’ season-high six-game winning streak, as well as their string of seven straight home victories. After scoring 56 runs during the six consecutive triumphs, Chicago went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base Friday. The offensive woes are nothing new for the Cubs against the Reds, as they’ve scored three or fewer runs in five of their 10 meetings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.91 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 4.54)
Harvey is showing signs of regaining the form he showed early in his career, as he has allowed three runs over 18 1/3 innings while recording three straight wins. The 29-year-old dominated first-place Milwaukee last time out, striking out six and allowing two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless frames. Harvey beat the Cubs on June 21, improving to 2-1 with a 4.23 ERA in five career starts against Chicago.
Chatwood endured a rocky outing in his first start since coming off the paternity list, as he allowed seven runs over five innings in a no-decision against Minnesota. The 28-year-old issued three walks, running his major league-high total to 66 in 73 1/3 frames. Chatwood is 0-4 with a 4.18 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.
Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. National League Central. Cubs are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. National League Central. Reds are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
|07-04-18||Cardinals v. Diamondbacks -137||Top||8-4||Loss||-137||11 h 56 m||Show|
Flipping the calendar has done nothing to slow down Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who was named the National League Player of the Month for June after hitting .364 with eight multihit games. The five-time All-Star looks to maintain his torrid pace Wednesday when the Diamondbacks face the visiting St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of their three-game series.
Goldschmidt is hitting .413 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs over his past 26 games, including a three-run blast in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory. Closer Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 20th save in 24 chances for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 22-12 since May 28. St. Louis lost for the fifth time in their last six games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (8-3, 2.61 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.14)
Cardinals are 2-8 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter and are 15-38 in their last 53 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. Home team is 6-0 in Randazzos last 6 Wednesday games behind home plate vs. Arizona.
The Diamondbacks are the play to keep my Red-Hot Run Going!
|07-03-18||Orioles v. Phillies -141||Top||2-3||Win||100||9 h 2 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies find themselves as legitimate contenders in the National League East as well as likely buyers at the trade deadline later this month. The Phillies (45-37) vie to improve their standing as they enter an enviable stretch of their schedule with the opener of an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles (24-59).
PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Alex Cobb (2-9, 6.75 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Zach Eflin (6-2, 3.02)
Orioles are 3-12 in their last 15 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter and are 3-11 in Cobbs last 14 starts. Phillies are 5-0 in Eflins last 5 starts.
|07-01-18||Indians -125 v. A's||Top||15-3||Win||100||4 h 13 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians were rolling along with seven straight wins before heading out onto the road for a nine-game trip to start the week. The American League Central-leading Indians have dropped four of five on their trek and attempt to avoid a three-game sweep against the surging Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon after managing just three runs in the first two contests of the series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Mike Clevinger (6-3, 3.03 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68)
Indians are 4-0 in their last 4 games after losing the first 2 games of a series and are 6-2 in Clevingers last 8 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
|06-30-18||Angels -141 v. Orioles||Top||6-2||Win||100||4 h 33 m||Show|
Former MVP Mike Trout helped his team snap a demoralizing six-game losing streak in the series opener, and the Los Angeles Angels look to build off that effort when they visit the major league-worst Baltimore Orioles on Saturday afternoon. Trout, who returned to center field Friday after being relegated to designated hitter duties by a sprained finger for more than a week, homered and scored twice in the 7-1 victory for the Angels.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (6-5, 2.69 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.70)
Skaggs has been outstanding in each of his last four starts, including Monday when he gave up one run over seven innings despite taking the loss at Kansas City. The 26-year-old, who owns 94 strikeouts across 87 innings, won his previous three starts while yielding a total of three runs (one earned) on 16 hits over 20 innings combined. Danny Valencia is 0-for-3 with two walks against Skaggs, who pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his only previous meeting with the Orioles in 2014.
Cashner has posted three quality starts in his last four outings but is winless over his past five trips to the mound. The 31-year-old TCU product, who has served up 14 homers in 15 starts, has allowed nine runs on 25 hits and seven walks over 22 innings in his past four appearances. Andrelton Simmons (4-for-10) and Luis Valbuena (3-for-8, homer, five RBIs) have performed well versus Cashner, who is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five career outings (two starts) against the Angels.
Angels are 8-1 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and are 7-3 in Skaggs' last 10 road starts. Orioles are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a left-handed starter and are 1-7 in Cashners last 8 home starts. Angels are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
|06-29-18||Red Sox v. Yankees -123||Top||1-8||Win||100||7 h 43 m||Show|
The Boston Red Sox will take a one-game lead in the American League East into a much-anticipated three-game series with the host New York Yankees that begins on Friday. The Red Sox belted nine home runs while sweeping a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, which was capped by Thursday's 4-2 triumph that completed a 5-1 homestand.
Boston has split its first six games with the rival Yankees as the teams have spent every day since the beginning of May within 2 1/2 games of one another atop the division. The Yankees were blanked twice during a 2-4 road trip that concluded with a 3-0 setback in the finale of a three-game interleague series in Philadelphia. Slugger Aaron Judge was given the day off and should be well-rested as he looks to continue his assault on the Red Sox, against whom he is 11-for-21 with two homers this year.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (9-2, 3.86 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.18)
Rodriguez's six-game winning streak came to an end with a clunker against Seattle at home on Sunday, when he was reached for five runs - four earned - in four innings. He has gone 4-0 with a 3.57 ERA in six road start after registering eight strikeouts over five scoreless frames at Yankee Stadium on May 10. The 25-year-old is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 career outings versus New York.
Sabathia has dropped back-to-back starts for only the second time since the beginning of the 2017 season, although he has let up just four earned runs in 13 innings during the stretch. The 37-year-old worked a season low-tying four frames opposite Rodriguez on May 10 as he gave up four runs and nine hits. Mookie Betts is 10-for-24 with four walks against Sabathia, who owns a 2.74 ERA in eight home starts this year.
New York's bullpen has posted a 0.90 ERA this month while allowing 38 hits in 80 innings.
Red Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Yankees are 19-7 in Sabathias last 26 home starts. Yankees are 5-1 in Sabathias last 6 starts vs. Red Sox.
|06-29-18||Nationals v. Phillies -115||Top||17-7||Loss||-115||7 h 42 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies struck first in the opener of their four-game series and look to knock off the visiting Washington Nationals again on Friday. Slugger Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs as Philadelphia recorded a 4-3 win on Thursday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Erick Fedde (0-3, 5.32 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.06)
Fedde will be making his fifth start of the season and the eighth of his career as he looks to record his first major-league win. The 25-year-old lost to the Phillies on Saturday, when he gave up three runs and eight hits over six innings. Fedde has posted a 6.99 ERA and 1.77 WHIP while allowing opponents to record a .347 batting average over 37 1/3 career frames.
Pivetta has dropped four consecutive decisions and is winless over his last six starts. The 25-year-old settled for a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday, when he gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings.
Nationals are 1-4 in Feddes last 5 starts. Phillies are 6-1 in Pivettas last 7 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. Nationals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
|06-28-18||Nationals v. Phillies -122||Top||3-4||Win||100||8 h 22 m||Show|
The Washington Nationals enjoyed a late offensive uprising to rally for a victory in the finale of last weekend's series against the Philadelphia Phillies. After getting shut out in both contests of an abbreviated two-game interleague set versus Tampa Bay, the Nationals (41-37) look to ignite their offense on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against the host Phillies (42-36).
While the Nationals have won just three of the last 12 contests, the Phillies snapped a three-game skid by salvaging the finale of a three-game interleague series versus the New York Yankees with a 3-0 triumph on Wednesday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-8, 4.27 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Aaron Nola (9-2, 2.58)
Roark was roasted by Philadelphia on Friday as he allowed six runs and walked four batters over 4 1/3 innings of a 12-2 setback. The 31-year-old fell to 0-2 against the Phillies this season, as he permitted three runs and struck out nine over 6 1/3 frames of a 3-1 loss on May 5. Odubel Herrera is 15-for-34 with six extra-base hits versus Roark.
Nola will look to defeat Washington for the second straight start and continue his success at Citizens Bank Park, where he is 6-0 with a 1.86 ERA in seven starts this season The 25-year-old overcame a two-run first inning to blank the Nationals over his next five frames en route to a 5-3 triumph on Saturday.
Nationals are 1-7 in Roarks last 8 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Phillies are 10-2 in Nolas last 12 starts.
|06-27-18||Indians v. Cardinals -113||Top||5-1||Loss||-113||9 h 34 m||Show|
Matt Carpenter looks to cap off a red-hot series with the bat when his St. Louis Cardinals go after a three-game sweep of the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Carpenter had five hits in Tuesday’s 11-2 victory and is 8-for-9 in the series with six runs scored, two homers, two doubles and three RBIs to raise his batting average from .237 to .259.
The Cardinals have won four straight while outscoring opponents 26-6 and creeping within four contests of first place Milwaukee in the National League Central with help from Marcell Ozuna, who is 8-for-18 during a five-game hitting streak.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Shane Bieber (2-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.50)
Bieber was outstanding in his third major-league start last Friday, allowing four hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts against Detroit in a 10-0 victory. The 23-year-old California native boasts 22 strikeouts and just three walks across 18 1/3 innings with the Indians, but has yielded a total of 22 hits.
Flaherty has permitted one run or fewer in six of his last eight starts, including a no-decision last Friday at Milwaukee when he pitched 6 1/3 no-hit innings before surrendering Jesus Aguilar's homer for his lone run and hit allowed while striking out a career high-tying 13 in seven frames. The 22-year-old California native gave up two runs on six hits and six walks across 18 1/3 innings while managing just one victory. Flaherty has made one interleague start in his career, holding Minnesota to one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings May 15 in a no-decision.
Indians are 2-7 in their last 9 interleague road games vs. a right-handed starter. Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record. Home team is 13-5 in Vanovers last 18 games behind home plate.
|06-27-18||Diamondbacks -161 v. Marlins||Top||2-1||Win||100||7 h 28 m||Show|
The National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks look to continue their hot streak on the road when they visit the improving Miami Marlins for the third of a four-game series Wednesday night. John Ryan Murphy knocked in three runs Tuesday as the Diamondbacks earned a 5-3 victory - their ninth in the last 11 contests away from home after starting the season 13-16 on the road.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (2-0, 4.88 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Wei-Yin Chen (2-4, 6.70)
Ray returns to the rotation, following a pair of minor-league rehab outings, after missing almost two months with an oblique injury. The 26-year-old Tennessee native, who completed six innings only twice in his first six starts, gave up three earned runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in the two rehab outings. Cameron Maybin is 2-for-2 with a walk and a pair of RBIs versus Ray, who is 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA in three career starts against Miami.
Chen followed up his second victory of the season with a rough outing, allowing seven runs on nine hits over four innings to lose at Colorado on June 22. The 32-year-old Taiwan native had beaten Baltimore six days earlier with six innings of three-run ball after suffering through an eight-game winless streak. Murphy is 3-for-9 with a homer against Chen, who has pitched one scoreless frame with one strikeout in his career against the Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks are 17-4 in Rays last 21 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Marlins are 1-6 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Diamondbacks are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
|06-26-18||Cubs +147 v. Dodgers||Top||9-4||Win||147||11 h 44 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a roll since losing the final two contests of a three-game set in the Windy City last week and look to keep it going when they continue their four-game set against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. After totaling one run in back-to-back losses at Chicago, the Dodgers have won four straight - including a 2-1 triumph in the series opener.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99)
Lester is hoping to produce a repeat performance after limiting the Dodgers to five hits over seven scoreless innings in a victory on Wednesday. The 34-year-old native of Washington has won five consecutive starts and seven of his last eight decisions, with the only loss being a seven-frame effort against Cleveland on May 23 in which he gave up just one run. With his latest triumph, Lester evened his record at 3-3 with one complete game and a 3.33 ERA in eight career starts versus Los Angeles.
Stripling has revenge on his mind as he took the loss opposite Lester on Wednesday after yielding three runs and eight hits over six innings. The 28-year-old Pennsylvanian had won six straight starts and gone unbeaten in his previous nine turns before falling in Chicago. Stripling, who made three relief appearances against the Cubs prior to Wednesday's start, is 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 10 games (five starts) at home this season.
Cubs are 24-6 in Lesters last 30 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Dodgers are 1-6 in Striplings last 7 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Road team is 9-2 in Millers last 11 Tuesday games behind home plate.
|06-19-18||Braves +102 v. Blue Jays||Top||11-4||Win||102||7 h 59 m||Show|
The Toronto Blue Jays spent the weekend sweeping three contests from defending National League East champion Washington, and Tuesday take their shot at the current division leader when the Atlanta Braves arrive to open a two-game series. Right fielder Randal Grichuk stayed hot in Sunday’s 8-6 victory, belting a pair of solo homers to raise his average to .326 with five homers and 13 RBIs since returning June 1 from a sprained ligament in his right knee.
The Blue Jays have averaged 10.3 hits in winning seven of their past 10 games, scoring five or more runs five times and slugging eight homers in the sweep of Washington. They will encounter one of the hottest pitching staffs in the majors this week as Atlanta completed a 5-1 homestand with a 4-1 victory over San Diego on Sunday, pushing its division lead to a season-high 3 ½ games. Braves starters are 29-16 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.23 WHIP this season, and in their past six games Atlanta starters have posted a 2.17 ERA with 58 strikeouts and 37 hits allowed in 54 innings. Tuesday’s series opener will hold extra meaning for Braves starter Mike Soroka, as the 20-year-old from Calgary pitches in his native country for the first time as a big leaguer.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Mike Soroka (2-1, 2.57 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH Jaime Garcia (2-5, 5.71)
Soroka showed no rust coming off the disabled list Wednesday for his first start since May 12, carrying a no-hitter through six innings before leaving with one hit allowed and one walk over 6 1/3 innings to beat the New York Mets. Making his fifth major-league start in the series opener, Soroka has walked one hitter or fewer while striking out four or more in three of his first four appearances. Soroka made two minor-league starts while recovering from a right shoulder strain, giving up one run with 10 strikeouts.
Garcia has battled inconsistency since going 2-2 across his first five starts, allowing four runs or more four times while giving up just one earned run in his other three outings. The 31-year-old lost his fifth straight decision Tuesday at Tampa Bay, allowing four runs with four walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Garcia, who went 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts with the Braves a season ago before being dealt to Minnesota.
Braves are 5-0 in their last 5 interleague road games vs. a team with a losing record. Blue Jays are 1-4 in Garcias last 5 starts.
|06-14-18||Rays +154 v. Yankees||Top||3-4||Loss||-100||5 h 8 m||Show|
The Tampa Bay Rays face quite the litmus test as they embark on a 16-game stretch in which they play only the New York Yankees, Houston and Washington. The Rays (32-35), who own a lackluster 11-26 mark against winning teams this season, open that imposing stretch on the road Thursday with the first of four games versus the New York Yankees (43-20).
"We're going to really see what kind of team we have here against the best in the league," said Thursday starter Blake Snell, who owns a 3-0 mark with a rail-thin 0.38 ERA in his past four outings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Domingo German (0-4, 5.32)
Snell matched a career high by winning his fourth consecutive decision on Saturday after allowing two runs (one earned) on a season-high seven hits in six innings of a 7-3 victory versus Seattle. The 25-year-old struck out two in that contest after fanning his first seven batters to begin his previous start en route to a 12-strikeout performance. Gary Sanchez is 4-for-10 with three homers against Snell, although the left-hander has flustered Aaron Judge (0-for-6) and Aaron Hicks (0-for-6).
German overcame two homers to strike out nine over six innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets on Saturday. The 25-year-old Dominican didn't walk a batter for the first time since a three-inning effort at Boston on April 12. German will be making his 19th appearance (seventh start) on Thursday by facing the Yankees for the first time in his career.
Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
|06-13-18||Mets -112 v. Braves||Top||0-2||Loss||-112||1 h 38 m||Show|
The Atlanta Braves have held at least a share of first place in the National League East for all but two days since May 2, and they’ll try to stay there when they host the New York Mets for the finale of a two-game series Wednesday. The Braves began a 14-game stretch against teams with losing records with Tuesday’s 8-2 rout of the Mets, improving to 8-3 against New York this season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (4-1, 1.57 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Soroka (1-1, 3.68)
Coming off his first loss of the season, deGrom looks to extend his streak of five consecutive quality starts. The 29-year-old hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine outings and racked up at least eight strikeouts in his last five starts. In 14 starts against the Braves, deGrom is 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA, and he has allowed one run in 18 innings across three meetings this season.
Soroka will come off the disabled list to make his fourth big-league start and his first since May 12 at Miami. The 20-year-old beat the Mets in his debut May 1, allowing one run and six hits over six innings, but he didn’t get through five innings in his last two outings. Soroka has compiled 15 strikeouts and just four walks in 14 2/3 innings across his first three major league starts.
Mets are 20-8 in deGroms last 28 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Braves are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. Road team is 7-2 in Coopers last 9 games behind home plate vs. Atlanta.
|06-12-18||Pirates v. Diamondbacks -138||Top||8-13||Win||100||10 h 48 m||Show|
After completing a three-game sweep in Colorado, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued to churn up the offense in the opener of their three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Arizona looks to remain hot at the plate when it hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday in search of a season-high fifth consecutive victory.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (5-3, 4.18 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Clay Buchholz (1-1, 1.88)
Williams has yielded at least four runs in each of his last four starts and five of his last six but managed to come away with only one loss in that span. The 26-year-old Californian was superb in the other outing during that stretch, scattering six hits over seven scoreless innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox on May 15. Williams has allowed two runs over 11 frames in two career starts against Arizona, registering seven strikeouts while issuing just one walk en route to a 1-0 record.
Buchholz continued his strong showing with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, when he allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings of a no-decision at San Francisco. The 33-year-old Texan won his only start at home this year as he limited Miami to one run and six hits in a season-high seven frames on June 1. Buchholz made his only career start against the Pirates on Sept. 17, 2014, yielding five runs and six hits in four innings of a loss at Pittsburgh while with Boston.
|06-12-18||Rockies v. Phillies -141||Top||4-5||Win||100||7 h 12 m||Show|
The Colorado Rockies have been extremely generous to the tune of surrendering 85 runs en route to losing eight of their last 10 to fall below .500 for the first time since April 11. The Rockies (32-33) aim to stop the bleeding Tuesday when they begin a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series versus the Philadelphia Phillies (33-30).
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jon Gray (6-6, 5.66 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Aaron Nola (7-2, 2.35)
Gray streaky season continued as he improved to 2-0 in his last three starts after allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings of Wednesday's 6-3 victory at Cincinnati. The 26-year-old's recent strong stretch comes on the heels of a two-game skid in which he permitted 11 runs on 19 hits.
Nola overcame a season-high four walks and was in line for the win Wednesday before the bullpen spoiled his six-inning performance by allowing a grand slam in the ninth of a 7-5 setback to the Chicago Cubs. The 25-year-old looks to continue his dominance at Citizens Bank Park, where he sports a 5-0 mark with a 1.94 ERA while limiting the opposition to a .209 batting average. Charlie Blackmon is 3-for-4 with three doubles against Nola, however the hurler has subdued the rest of the current crop of Rockies (3-for-17, eight strikeouts).
|06-09-18||Cardinals -101 v. Reds||Top||6-4||Win||100||4 h 4 m||Show|
The visiting St. Louis Cardinals continue to dominate the Cincinnati Reds and will try to extend multiple impressive streaks when the teams play the middle contest of a three-game series on Saturday. A 7-6 extra-inning victory in the opener Friday night gave the Cardinals 12 consecutive wins over their National League Central division rivals, tied for the second-longest streak against the Reds in franchise history.
St. Louis also picked up its 10th straight triumph at Great American Ball Park, which matches a 1930-31 streak as the club's longest on the road against Cincinnati. Jose Martinez slugged a pair of homers in Friday's win and is 11-for-22 with three home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs during his six-game hitting streak.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (7-1, 2.41 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (4-6, 5.64)
Wacha allowed a leadoff hit in the ninth inning against the Pirates before departing with a season-high 111 pitches, striking out eight and walking two. The dominant outing left him 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA over a span of nine starts, which started with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against Cincinnati on April 20. The 26-year-old is 10-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his career against the Reds.
Castillo lasted six innings just once in his last four starts and was knocked out after 4 2/3 at San Diego on Sunday. Home runs remain a major issue for the Dominincan Republic native, who has allowed at least one in eight of his last nine outings. The 25-year-old allowed three runs in five innings to get the loss earlier in the year against the Cardinals and he is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in two career meetings.
Cardinals are 9-2 in Wachas last 11 starts. Reds are 1-4 in Castillos last 5 Saturday starts. Cardinals are 13-3 in Wachas last 16 starts vs. Reds.
|06-07-18||Mariners -108 v. Rays||Top||5-4||Win||100||8 h 59 m||Show|
Nelson Cruz is enjoying his best stretch of the campaign and the Seattle slugger looks for his seventh multi-hit outing in nine games Thursday when the Mariners open a four-game series against the host Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz is 12-for-31 with three homers during the stretch after going deep for the 11th time this season during Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Houston Astros.
Seattle had a five-game winning streak halted with Wednesday's setback but owns a one-game lead over Houston in the American League West due to a 14-4 stretch. Shortstop Jean Segura went 5-for-9 in two games against the Astros and the back-to-back multi-hit outings raise his major league-leading count in that category to 27. Tampa Bay has scored only 12 runs during a six-game slide and manager Kevin Cash defended the recent practice of starting a reliever after Jonny Venters retired only one batter and allowed five runs in the first inning of Wednesday's 11-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.
The Mariners Leake allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings against Tampa Bay on Friday but didn't get a victory because closer Edwin Diaz blew the save in the ninth inning. The 30-year-old Leake is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three career starts against the Rays. Leake has a solid 1.66 ERA over his past three starts and hasn't issued a walk over his last four turns.
The Mariners swept the Rays in Seattle last weekend while holding Tampa Bay to five runs.
|06-07-18||Phillies +120 v. Cubs||Top||3-4||Loss||-100||3 h 10 m||Show|
Some late-inning drama has set up a rubber match between the Chicago Cubs and the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The Cubs evened the three-game set at a win apiece on Jason Heyward’s walk-off grand slam Wednesday.
The Phillies appeared to be on their way to a 2-0 series lead when rookie Dylan Cozens blasted a two-run homer off Cubs closer Brandon Morrow in the ninth inning Wednesday. But Heyward’s game-winning blast gave Chicago its fifth win in six games, pulling the Cubs within one game of National League Central leader Milwaukee. In the finale the Cubs hand the ball to walk-happy right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who has issued 49 free passes in 53 2/3 innings this season. Right-hander Nick Pivetta gets the start for the Phillies.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (4-4, 3.48 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.02)
After allowing one run over 19 innings across three straight wins, Pivetta has come back to Earth in his last two outings. The 25-year-old Canadian lost his second consecutive start Friday at San Francisco, allowing three runs over four innings in a 4-0 defeat. Pivetta faced the Cubs last season and gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings in a win.
Chatwood is winless in his last four starts, but he showed signs of getting back on track last time out. After failing to get through three innings in his previous two outings, the 28-year-old allowed two runs over 5 1/3 frames in a no-decision Friday at the New York Mets. Chatwood is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA in six starts against the Phillies.
Phillies are 9-0 in Pivettas last 9 starts following a team loss in their previous game. Cubs are 1-6 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
|06-06-18||Mariners +180 v. Astros||Top||5-7||Loss||-100||7 h 57 m||Show|
The red-hot Seattle Mariners aim for their sixth consecutive victory when they conclude their two-game series with the host Houston Astros on Wednesday. Seattle rolled to a 7-1 victory in Tuesday's opener to increase its lead over Houston in the American League West to two games.
Kyle Seager, Jean Segura and Mike Zunino all homered in the opener as the Mariners moved 16 games over .500 for the first time since the 130th game of the 2007 season. Nelson Cruz continued his surge by going 2-for-4 and is 13-for-31 with two homers and eight RBIs over his last eight contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 2.60 ERA) vs. Astros RH Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.89)
LeBlanc picked up his first win in six starts this season when he allowed one run and four hits over five innings against Texas in his last turn. The 33-year-old has posted a 1.72 ERA as a starter and allowed four hits or fewer five times but typically doesn't pitch deep into games.
McCullers defeated Boston in his last turn as he gave up two runs and four hits over six innings. The 24-year-old served up three homers in his previous outing, when he was torched by Cleveland for seven runs in 4 1/3 frames.
Mariners are 12-1 in LeBlancs last 13 starts on grass. Astros are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
|06-06-18||Dodgers -110 v. Pirates||Top||9-11||Loss||-110||6 h 51 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Dodgers aim to move over .500 for the first time since they were 11-10 when they play the second of a three-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Five pitchers combined to scatter seven hits and three players went deep in the Dodgers' 5-0 victory to begin the series, their 14th win in the last 18 games.
The surge includes eight consecutive road wins for Los Angeles (30-30), which is 7-1 against the Pirates since the start of last year. The Dodgers will give the ball Wednesday to promising prospect Caleb Ferguson for his major-league debut after just 47 innings above Single-A ball.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Caleb Ferguson (NR) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (5-3, 3.84 ERA)
Ferguson was 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Tulsa before making a pair of starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to his call-up. He allowed two earned runs and six hits in eight innings over those two outings. The 21-year-old, who was a 38th-round selection in 2014, has 271 strikeouts in 250 1/3 innings in his career in the minors.
Williams went 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA through his first nine starts but he's hit a snag of late, going 0-1 with a 7.80 mark over his last three outings. He went three straight starts without issuing a walk before handing out two and allowing nine hits across five rocky frames at St. Louis on Thursday. The 26-year-old is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers.
Dodgers are 8-0 in their last 8 road games. Pirates are 1-7 in Williams' last 8 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Dodgers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
|06-05-18||Yankees -147 v. Blue Jays||Top||7-2||Win||100||6 h 19 m||Show|
Slugger Aaron Judge looks to bounce back from a horrific doubleheader performance when the New York Yankees open a two-game series against the host Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Judge became the first player since at least 1920 to strike out eight times in a doubleheader as the Yankees split Monday's twinbill in Detroit.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.73 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.68)
Sabathia is winless over his last five starts but has suffered just one loss during the stretch. The 37-year-old has pitched five innings or fewer in four consecutive outings and seven of his 10 turns. Sabathia is 17-11 with a 3.51 ERA in 33 career starts against the Blue Jays - an 0.96 ERA in two no-decisions this season.
Estrada has dropped four straight decisions and is 0-5 over his last seven outings. The 34-year-old, who is 7-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 17 career appearances (16 starts) against New York, has posted a 6.53 ERA during his current four-game slide. Estrada's last victory came against the Yankees on April 20, when he yielded five runs and seven hits over five innings, and he also settled for a no-decision on March 31 after giving up three runs and four hits in seven frames.
Yankees are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. American League East. Blue Jays are 0-4 in Estradas last 4 home starts.
|06-01-18||Pirates v. Cardinals -125||Top||4-0||Loss||-125||7 h 28 m||Show|
Miles Mikolas was forced to head to Japan to resume his professional career, a move that has led him to becoming one of the more improbable success stories of the season. Mikolas has yet to taste defeat in 10 starts in 2018 and seeks his seventh win when the St. Louis Cardinals continue their four-game series against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (2-4, 4.53 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (6-0, 2.58)
Taillon's winless drought reached nine starts despite a solid outing versus St. Louis on Sunday, when he permitted three runs on five hits and left with the lead after 6 1/3 innings. He was hammered for six runs and eight hits over six innings in his previous turn and is 0-4 since tossing a one-hit shutout on April 8. Matt Carpenter is 7-for-16 with a homer off Taillon, who is 1-1 with a 4.45 ERA versus St. Louis.
Prior to struggling against the Pirates last time out, Mikolas had allowed two runs or fewer in seven straight starts, including seven innings of two-run ball at Pittsburgh on April. 27. The 29-year-old picked up his first shutout in the majors on May 21, blanking Kansas City on four hits while registering a career-high nine strikeouts. Mikolas has limited right-handed batters to a collective .177 batting average.
Pirates are 1-5 in Taillons last 6 starts with 4 days of rest. Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning record. Home team is 6-2 in Wolcotts last 8 games behind home plate.
|05-31-18||Rangers v. Mariners -147||Top||1-6||Win||100||10 h 11 m||Show|
The Texas Rangers aim to win the series as well as post their seventh victory in 10 games when they visit the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for the finale of their four-game set. Robinson Chirinos went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in Wednesday's 7-6 triumph as the Rangers beat the Mariners for the second straight night after losing the series opener.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Mike Minor (4-3, 5.63 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 2.70)
Minor halted a stretch of three straight winless starts on Friday by giving up four runs and seven hits over six innings in a victory over Kansas City. The 30-year-old served up two homers during the triumph and has allowed eight over his last five turns after giving up just two in his first five outings. Minor has posted a 7.27 ERA in two no-decisions against the Mariners this season and is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA in six career appearances (three starts) versus Seattle.
LeBlanc has a solid 1.71 ERA as a starter, yielding just five runs over 26 1/3 innings in those five outings. The 33-year-old allowed two runs and four hits over six frames against Minnesota in his last turn. LeBlanc has faced the Rangers just once in his career, surrendering five runs - one earned - and five hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief on August 19, 2013 while with Houston.
Rangers are 7-18 in their last 25 games following a win. Mariners are 10-2 in their last 12 games following a loss. Mariners are 5-1 in their last 6 games with Morales behind home plate.
|05-31-18||Pirates v. Cardinals -133||Top||8-10||Win||100||7 h 15 m||Show|
After failing to cut into first-place Milwaukee's lead in the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals square off with division rival Pittsburgh as they host the Pirates on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. St. Louis won two of three at Pittsburgh last weekend before dropping two of three to the Brewers to close out a road trip.
The Pirates dropped the final two to the Cardinals last week and saw their losing streak stretch to four games before averting a sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for their third win in 12 games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (5-3, 3.43 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (2-1, 2.15)
Williams suffered the loss versus the Cardinals last Saturday after giving up four runs and seven hits over a season-low four innings. It marked the third time in four starts that he permitted four runs, although the 26-year-old beat the Cardinals on April 28 with six innings of two-run ball. Williams has had trouble against both Jose Martinez (5-for-8) and Matt Carpenter, who is 4-for-10 with two homers.
Flaherty got the best of Pittsburgh last weekend, winning his second straight start by limiting the Pirates to one run and four hits over six innings. The 2014 first-round draft pick had the best performance of his brief major-league career in his previous turn, striking out 13 and allowing one run on two hits over 7 2/3 innings to beat Philadelphia.
Pirates are 2-6 in Williams' last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
|05-22-18||Angels -103 v. Blue Jays||Top||3-5||Loss||-103||8 h 50 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels have found a safe haven on the road with wins in 14 of 18 such contests this season. Los Angeles (26-21) aims to continue its stellar play away from Angel Stadium on Tuesday as it begins a 10-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays (22-25), who have dropped four in a row and seven of eight overall.
While the Angels are drawing rave reviews on the road, the Blue Jays didn't give their fans much to cheer as they committed four errors on Sunday and were outscored 27-12 en route to dropping all four contests to Oakland to begin their seven-game homestand.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Garrett Richards (4-2, 3.47 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.15)
Richards was outdueled by Justin Verlander on Wednesday to fall to 1-2 in his last four outings despite allowing just two unearned runs on four hits over seven innings of a 2-0 setback to Houston. The 29-year-old was taken deep for the second straight contest after keeping the ball in the park in four of his previous five.
Happ answered a horrific outing with a stellar one, as he bounced back from a seven-run effort in a 9-3 rout by Seattle on May 10 with a two-hit, 10-strikeout gem six days later in a 12-1 romp at the New York Mets.
Justin Upton is 4-for-8 with a pair of homers and Ian Kinsler is 6-for-19 with two blasts against Happ, who is languishing with a 1-6 mark and 6.17 ERA in seven career appearances against the Angels.
Angels are 7-0 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing record and Angels are 4-1 in Richards' last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. Blue Jays are 6-14 in Happs last 20 starts during game 1 of a series. Blue Jays are 1-5 in Happs last 6 starts vs. Angels.
|05-11-18||Mets v. Phillies -142||Top||3-1||Loss||-142||7 h 3 m||Show|
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies got off to vastly different starts this season, as the former defeated the latter on two occasions while bolting out to a sparkling 11-1 record. The fortunes of both clubs have changed dramatically since then, with the Mets (18-17) dropping eight of nine entering Friday's opener of a three-game series at the Phillies (22-15).
The Mets' losing ways added a sliver of the absurd with a baffling lineup card snafu in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Cincinnati, but manager Mickey Callaway insists the team's work ethic will eventually get it back on track.
Philadelphia capped a four-game sweep of San Francisco due in large part to the heroics of Carlos Santana, who went deep for the third time in the series with a three-run shot in Thursday afternoon's 6-3 victory. Odubel Herrera collected three hits for the second time in five outings to improve to 10-for-18 with two homers, nine RBIs and six runs scored in that stretch for the Phillies, who have come a long way since their 1-4 start to the season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets LH Steven Matz (1-3, 4.23 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.15)
Matz avenged a disastrous seven-run outing on April 25 by recording his first quality start of the season after allowing one run on three hits in six innings of Saturday's 2-0 setback to Colorado. The 26-year-old had his start pushed back due to a stiff back and allowed a first-inning homer to Nolan Arenado, marking the sixth time he's been taken deep this season (27 2/3 innings).
Arrieta missed Philadelphia's first series versus New York as he worked himself into shape after signing a three-year, $75 million contract in March. The 32-year-old enjoyed a three-start winning streak before getting blitzed against Miami on April 30, but rebounded to allow one run on two hits in six innings of a no-decision at Washington on Sunday. Asdrubal Cabrera has homered twice while batting .357 against Arrieta, but the right-hander has posted a 2-2 mark with a 2.30 ERA in seven career appearances versus the Mets.
Mets are 1-6 in Matzs last 7 road starts and are 2-9 in Matzs last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Phillies are 14-2 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
|05-10-18||Cardinals -131 v. Padres||Top||2-1||Win||100||9 h 14 m||Show|
Miles Mikolas will pitch at San Diego's Petco Park on Thursday for the first time since he was a member of the Padres in 2012 and 2013. The right-hander is thriving in his return to the major leagues as he takes the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of their four-game series against San Diego.
Mikolas made 27 relief appearances for the Padres before spending part of 2014 with Texas and then pitching in Japan the past three seasons. The 29-year-old received a two-year, $15.5 million contract from the Cardinals over the winter, and the investment has looked good in the early going as Mikolas is sporting a stellar 4-0 record through six starts.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (4-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Padres RH Jordan Lyles (0-0, 3.66)
Mikolas defeated the Chicago Cubs in his last turn as he gave up seven hits over seven scoreless innings. A seventh-round pick of the Padres in the 2009 draft, Mikolas hasn't walked a batter in any of his last three turns and has issued just two against 31 strikeouts in 40 frames.
Lyles will make his first start of the season after making 13 relief appearances. The 27-year-old is replacing Bryan Mitchell in the rotation after holding opposing batters to a .194 average in 19 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Lyles is 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA in six career appearances (two starts) against St. Louis and has struggled with Dexter Fowler (3-for-6, homer, four walks).
Cardinals 3B Jedd Gyorko is a scorching 18-for-36 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 10 games against the Padres, the team for which he played from 2013-15.
Cardinals are 14-3 in their last 17 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game. Padres are 3-12 in their last 15 home games vs. a right-handed starter. Cardinals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego.
|05-10-18||Nationals v. Diamondbacks -131||Top||2-1||Loss||-131||9 h 46 m||Show|
The slumping Bryce Harper received a night off to refresh but will be back in the starting lineup when the Washington Nationals visit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday for the opener of their four-game series. Harper sat out Wednesday's 2-1 setback against San Diego after matching his career-worst stretch of 19 straight hitless at-bats.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (2-3, 3.65 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Greinke (3-2, 4.10)
Roark matched his season high of nine strikeouts in his last turn against Philadelphia but allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. The 31-year-old has given up six or fewer hits in all seven of his starts while holding opposing batters to a .203 average. Roark is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in nine career appearances (six starts) versus Arizona.
Greinke settled for a no-decision against Houston in his last turn despite giving up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old walked a season-worst two batters but has issued just six free passes while striking out 47 in 41 2/3 frames. Greinke has thrived against Washington, posting a 5-1 record and 1.49 ERA in seven career starts, and has kept Harper in the ballpark in a small sample size (1-for-4, two strikeouts, two walks).
Nationals are 0-6 in Roarks last 6 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance. Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a loss.
|05-10-18||Red Sox v. Yankees -138||Top||5-4||Loss||-138||6 h 5 m||Show|
The Boston Red Sox used a 17-1 stretch to seize early control of the American League East, but the New York Yankees have utilized an identical surge to take over the top spot. The first-place Yankees look to make it 18 of 19 and complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox when the American League East rivals meet Thursday in the Bronx.
Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge combined for six hits, six runs and five RBIs, including four on consecutive hits - Gardner's two-run triple and Judge's two-run homer - against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in an eighth-inning rally that lifted New York to a 9-6 victory Wednesday night.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 5.29 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.39)
Rodriguez posted three straight quality starts in the middle of April but has given up five runs in each of his last two outings. He struck out 10 in six frames but served up three home runs in his last start Saturday at Texas.
Sabathia is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list April 19, including six scoreless innings and a season-high seven strikeouts against Cleveland on Friday. He has lasted four straight starts without allowing a home run and has issued only three walks over his last five outings. The 37-year-old, who is 17-13 with a 4.12 ERA lifetime versus the Red Sox, has controlled matters against Hanley Ramirez (2-for-22), Xander Bogaerts (4-for-28) and Andrew Benintendi (2-for-11).
Judge is 10-for-19 with two homers and five RBIs against Boston this year.
Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East. Yankees are 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a left-handed starter and are 17-4 in Sabathias last 21 home starts.
|05-09-18||Nationals -130 v. Padres||Top||1-2||Loss||-130||10 h 55 m||Show|
The streaking Washington Nationals look to win for the 10th time in 11 games when they conclude their three-game series against the host San Diego Padres on Wednesday. The Nationals have won the first two games of the set by a total of seven runs after posting a 4-0 triumph on Tuesday.
The Padres have been shut out in two of their last five games - the first being a combined no-hitter by the Los Angeles Dodgers - and five times overall. Eric Hosmer is hitless in eight at-bats in the series and just 2-for-17 over his last five contests, with the hits being home runs.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals LH Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 2.33 ERA) vs. Padres LH Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 3.13)
Gonzalez has won back-to-back starts and three of his last four. The 32-year-old has allowed fewer than two runs in four of his turns and has served up just one homer in 38 2/3 innings. Gonzalez is 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA in six career starts against the Padres and has allowed two homers to Freddy Galvis (11-for-42), who was with Philadelphia at the time.
Lucchesi lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last outing as he gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. The 24-year-old rookie has lost two of his last three starts, serving up four home runs during the stretch. Lucchesi has issued nine free passes over 15 2/3 frames during the three-outing span.
Nationals are 9-1 in their last 10 overall. Padres are 1-7 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record. Padres are 7-20 in their last 27 games with DiMuro behind home plate.
|05-02-18||Brewers -103 v. Reds||Top||3-1||Win||100||8 h 48 m||Show|
A visit to the worst pitching staff in the majors was all it took to snap the Milwaukee Brewers out of a wretched offensive slump. After mustering only two runs in a four-game sweep at the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers have a chance to close their nine-game road trip with a sweep of their own in Wednesday night's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.
Travis Shaw belted a two-run homer and Jesús Aguilar and Hernan Perez added solo shots as Milwaukee followed up Monday's 6-5 victory by holding on for a 7-6 win 24 hours later. The Brewers have five homers and eight extra-base hits in the first two games of the series, including a two-run double by Ryan Braun that put them ahead for good Tuesday.
Struggling Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, whose lone win came at Milwaukee on April 16 despite allowing four runs, will face left-hander Wade Miley on Wednesday night.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Wade Miley (2017: 8-15, 5.61 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (1-3, 7.85)
Miley signed a minor-league deal with Milwaukee after finishing with a career-worst 15 defeats in 2017, including losses in all five starts in September. The 31-year-old, called up to take the rotation spot of Brent Suter, struck out 11 batters over six scoreless innings in his final rehab start at Double-A.
Castillo's ugly season hit a low point when he lasted only one inning last time out and was pummeled for five runs and six hits at Minnesota while failing to strike out a batter for the first time. It also marked the first time Castillo has failed to go five innings, although he has permitted at least three runs in each turn.
Brewers are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and are 14-6 in their last 20 road games vs. a right-handed starter. Reds are 4-17 in their last 21 home games and are 2-12 in their last 14 home games vs. a left-handed starter. Road team is 5-1 in Winters' last 6 games behind home plate.
Back the Brewers here on the road.
|04-24-18||Angels v. Astros -142||Top||8-7||Loss||-142||9 h 44 m||Show|
The Houston Astros get their first look at Shohei Ohtani when the Japanese two-way sensation starts on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Ohtani departed his last turn after two innings due to a blister on his pitching hand and insisted all along that he would make the start against the defending World Series champions.
The Astros had their six-game winning streak halted in Monday's opener of the three-game set as they were blanked 2-0 and managed just four hits in seven innings against Los Angeles starter Tyler Skaggs. The Angels, who are a stellar 10-1 on the road, are just a one-half game behind Houston in the American League West despite winning just two of their last seven contests.
Morton leads the AL in ERA and has struck out 33 batters in 25 innings. The 34-year-old, who has given up just 16 hits and six walks, is coming off a victory in which he blanked Seattle on three hits over seven frames. Morton is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in five career starts against the Angels and has handled Zack Cozart (1-for-14) and Mike Trout (2-for-11).
The Astros outscored the opposition 47-6 during their six-game winning streak and have allowed just 10 runs over their last eight contests.
Angels are 3-9 in their last 12 vs. a team with a winning record. Astros are 9-3 in Mortons last 12 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 games with Cooper behind home plate.
|04-21-18||Mets -149 v. Braves||Top||3-4||Loss||-149||6 h 25 m||Show|
One night after rolling out star pitcher Noah Syndergaard in Friday’s 5-3, 12-inning road victory over the Atlanta Braves, the visiting New York Mets hand the ball to another standout Saturday as Jacob deGrom gets the nod for the third game of the series. The Mets bounced back from Thursday’s series-opening loss, getting Yoenis Cespedes to shake off a four-strikeout night with the go-ahead single in the 12th inning for New York’s 19th victory in its past 26 games in Atlanta.
Syndergaard and deGrom are two reasons why New York is off to a 14-5 start and leads the National League East, but so too is second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who doubled twice Friday to give him eight two-base hits through 19 games and a .347 batting average.
Atlanta is off to a surprising 11-8 start, but its relievers have walked 54 hitters in 75 innings and hit New York pitcher Robert Gsellman with a pitch leading off the 12th - putting the eventual winning run on base.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (2-0, 3.24 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (1-1, 5.40)
DeGrom has been outstanding in his first four starts this season and, even though he did not get a decision in Monday’s loss to Washington, he struck out 12 and walked only one while allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old is averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings with a 1.08 WHIP while holding opponents to a .226 batting average. DeGrom is 5-3 in 11 career starts with a 2.19 ERA against Atlanta and has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of those outings.
Teheran looks to build off his last start, a home victory over Philadelphia in which he struck out nine while allowing one run on five hits over six innings. The 27-year-old has relied more on his slider and changeup in his past two starts, after giving up nine runs on 10 hits (including four homers) across eight innings in his first two starts. Teheran went 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in five starts a season ago vs. the Mets.
Mets are 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Braves are 3-10 in Teherans last 13 Saturday starts. Mets are 4-0 in deGroms last 4 road starts vs. Braves. Braves are 1-4 in Teherans last 5 home starts vs. Mets.
|04-20-18||Red Sox -129 v. A's||Top||7-3||Win||100||9 h 44 m||Show|
Since losing their season opener, the Boston Red Sox have gone on to win 16 of 17 contests and sport the best record in the major leagues. Boston looks to extend its winning streak to eight games when it visits the Oakland Athletics on Friday for the opener of their three-game series.
The Red Sox kicked off their nine-game road trip with a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels during which they scored 27 runs while allowing only three and belted 11 homers.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Drew Pomeranz (2017: 17-6, 3.32 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Kendall Graveman (0-3, 9.87)
Pomeranz will be making his season debut after recovering from the forearm strain he suffered in his first start this spring. The 29-year-old native of Tennessee is coming off a career year in which he recorded 17 victories and led the major leagues with 23 starts in which he allowed fewer than three runs. Pomeranz has given up three runs - two earned - over 10 innings while notching one victory in two career turns against Oakland, his employers for two seasons (2014-15).
Graveman's season has gotten off to a rough start as he has surrendered five runs in three of his four outings and served up a total of six homers in 17 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old from Alabama, who has yet to work more than five frames, yielded five runs and eight hits over four innings in a loss at Seattle on Saturday.
Red Sox are 8-1 in Pomeranzs last 9 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game. Athletics are 3-12 in Gravemans last 15 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
|04-20-18||Cubs +103 v. Rockies||Top||16-5||Win||103||7 h 21 m||Show|
After showing signs of getting their offense going, the Chicago Cubs will be eager to get to Coors Field for a three-game series that begins on Friday. After seven contests on the road, the Colorado Rockies also will welcome a return to their hitter-happy confines.
The Rockies went 5-2 on their road trip that featured stops in Washington and Pittsburgh, but the offense sputtered at times, scoring just two runs on four different occasions. They didn’t swing the bats much better in their first homestand of the season as they went 2-4 and produced three or fewer runs four times. Colorado will turn to Jon Gray to try to shut down Chicago’s feast-or-famine offense, which broke out for 14 hits in an 8-5 win over St. Louis on Thursday. The Cubs counter with Kyle Hendricks, who has recorded quality starts in three of his four career turns at Coors Field.
Gray has been roughed up in three of his first four starts to begin the season, although he was able to limit the damage until the sixth inning in his last outing. The 26-year-old has been hit hard the third time through the order, allowing opponents to post a .524 average. Gray will be facing the Cubs for the first time in his career.
Cubs are 28-7 in their last 35 road games vs. a right-handed starter. Rockies are 2-8 in Grays last 10 starts with 5 days of rest.
|04-12-18||Cardinals -137 v. Reds||Top||13-4||Win||100||7 h 10 m||Show|
The St. Louis Cardinals scored 29 runs while splitting their season-opening six-game road trip before being limited to just 18 while dropping four of six on their recent homestand. After going 9-for-43 with runners in scoring position at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals look to reignite their offense on Thursday as they open a four-game series versus the host Cincinnati Reds.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (1-1, 5.59 ERA) vs. Reds RH Sal Romano (0-1, 5.73)
Wacha was able to minimize the damage of issuing five walks over five innings to even his record with a 5-3 victory against Arizona on Saturday. The 26-year-old kept the ball in the park after being taken deep on two occasions during his season-opening loss at the New York Mets on March 31. Wacha posted a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA in two starts versus Cincinnati last season.
Romano is bidding for his first win of the season after being taken deep twice in his season debut on April 1 and permitting four runs in five innings of a no-decision at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The 24-year-old admittedly has struggled with his off-speed pitches this year and lamented the effectiveness of his sinker against the Pirates. Romano owns a 5-9 record and 4.59 ERA in 18 career starts heading into his first turn versus St. Louis.
Cardinals are 21-7 in Wachas last 28 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Reds are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter and are 1-9 in their last 10 home games. Cardinals are 11-1 in Wachas last 12 starts vs. Reds.
|03-30-18||Rockies +133 v. Diamondbacks||Top||8-9||Loss||-100||8 h 29 m||Show|
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (2017: 6-6, 4.81 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (2017: 15-5, 2.89)
Anderson's 2017 season was interrupted by left knee surgery, but he finished strong upon his return, going 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA in four appearances (three starts). The 28-year-old native of Las Vegas was especially impressive in the victories as he struck out 12 batters and walked only two while scattering seven hits over 17 scoreless innings. Anderson has yet to lose to Arizona, going 2-0 with a 4.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts over 26 frames in six career games (four starts).
Ray registered more victories last year than in his first three major-league seasons combined (14) and led the National League with a rate of 12.11 strikeouts per nine innings while limiting opponents to a .199 batting average. The 26-year-old Tennessean suffered his last loss of the campaign on July 23, going 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA over his final nine starts. Ray owns a 2-3 record and 5.21 ERA in nine career turns against the Rockies.
Rockies are 10-4 in their last 14 games with Cooper behind home plate.
|03-29-18||Brewers -115 v. Padres||Top||2-1||Win||100||3 h 32 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers are aiming to end a six-year playoff drought as they visit the San Diego Padres in Thursday's season opener. While the Brewers are looking to build on last year's 86-win season, San Diego is striving for respectability after signing free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The Brewers vastly improved their outfield by adding Lorenzo Cain (Hosmer's former Kansas City teammate) and Christian Yelich (from Miami).
Anderson is coming off a career best for victories and had a solid .220 batting average against in 25 starts last season and manager Craig Counsell said he will be even better this season.
Anderson is 3-1 with a 3.99 ERA in eight career starts versus the Padres and is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three outings at Petco Park.
Richard was shelled for six runs and 10 hits in six innings while taking the loss in his lone 2017 outing against the Brewers.
Padres are 0-4 in Richards last 4 starts vs. Brewers.
|03-29-18||Angels -120 v. A's||Top||5-6||Loss||-120||2 h 17 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels have added several pieces to their lineup in order help superstar Mike Trout, and one of those is hoping to make an impact as a two-way player. Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his major-league debut on Thursday afternoon as the Angels visit the Oakland Athletics for the first contest of their season-opening four-game series.
After recording a career-high 15 victories in 2015, Richards has notched a total of one while make only six starts each of the last two seasons due to arm injuries. The 29-year-old Californian had a solid spring, allowing four runs and eight hits while registering 14 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings in four starts. Richards, who is making his second career Opening Day start, is 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 16 career appearances (12 starts) against Oakland.
Graveman makes his second career Opening Day start after also getting the call against Los Angeles last season. The 27-year-old native of Alabama struggled this spring, surrendering 12 runs and 18 hits over 14 1/3 innings after being limited to 19 turns last season due to injuries.
Los Angeles 1B/DH Albert Pujols owns a .433 lifetime average against Graveman with three homers and 10 RBIs.
|03-29-18||Twins +112 v. Orioles||Top||2-3||Loss||-100||1 h 17 m||Show|
The Minnesota Twins made a surprising run to a wild-card spot in the American League last season and are looking for more with a maturing young roster. The Twins will try to get off to a strong start when they open 2018 by visiting the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
Minnesota added some thump to the lineup with slugger Logan Morrison, who hit 38 home runs for Tampa Bay in 2017, and bolstered the rotation with the additions of Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn.
Minnesota acquired Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays at the beginning of spring training and took the Opening Day honor over Kyle Gibson and Jose Berrios. The 28-year-old went 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in four starts against Baltimore last season, striking out 21 in 20 1/3 total innings.
Bundy will be making his first Opening Day start as well after making it through his first full season as a starter in 2017. The 25-year-old lost both of his starts against the Twins last season, serving up a total of eight runs on 11 hits and five walks in 12 innings.
Minnesota won five of the seven meetings last season.
|10-31-17||Astros +115 v. Dodgers||Top||1-3||Loss||-100||6 h 21 m||Show|
Justin Verlander was acquired to bolster Houston's starting pitching for a postseason run and the veteran right-hander has a chance to pitch the Astros to their first World Series title when he faces the host Los Angeles Dodgers in Tuesday's Game 6. Verlander received a no-decision in Game 2 and has never won a World Series game, going 0-3 with a 6.43 in four career starts with the Detroit Tigers and Houston.
The 34-year-old Verlander has more than done his job since joining the Astros - he is 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 10 total appearances (nine starts) - but fully understands one more big outing is needed.
Houston is in position to clinch after Sunday's 13-12, 10-inning victory, the second wild game of a World Series featuring a record 22 homers.
Hill was the recipient of a quick hook from manager Dave Roberts despite giving up one run and three hits and striking out seven in four innings in Game 2. Roberts hinted that Hill will have a longer leash in Game 6 and the 37-year-old proclaims himself ready for the task.
Astros are 7-1 in their last 8 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter and are 9-0 in Verlanders last 9 starts. Dodgers are 1-4 in Hills last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
|10-24-17||Astros +157 v. Dodgers||Top||1-3||Loss||-100||9 h 28 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't won a World Series since 1988, while the Houston Astros have never been crowned champions in their 56-season history. The teams begin their attempts to end their respective droughts when Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw pitches against Houston's Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since their memorable 1988 slaying of the Oakland Athletics, a series best known for limping Kirk Gibson's decisive Game 1 homer. The Astros lost to the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series and this season's 101-win squad knocked out the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to reach the Series.
The Dodgers, who won 104 regular-season games, rolled through the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs with standout third baseman Justin Turner excelling by going 12-for-31 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in the eight games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.63 ERA)
Keuchel has struck out 25 in 17 1/3 innings over three starts this October and is a solid 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six career postseason appearances (five starts). The 29-year-old former Cy Young Award winner scanned the Dodgers' lineup and had no trouble anointing it as the best he'll face all season. "Just seems like production top to bottom, even some of their extra guys, has been there all year," Keuchel said at his Monday press conference. "They are going to be the deepest team we played, hands down. My job is to go out there and get the job done."
Kershaw has served up six homers in three starts this postseason but his career ledger has improved to 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 21 appearances (17 starts). The 29-year-old three-time Cy Young winner is 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros and has experienced struggles with Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve (6-for-15, four doubles). "He hits everything pretty well. I think he's super aggressive but at the same time he hits a lot of pitches," Kershaw said of Altuve during his Monday press conference. "... He's a tough out. I think he's one of the toughest outs in the game. You just can't give in to him."
Astros are 6-0 in their last 6 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter. Dodgers are 5-11 in their last 16 vs. American League West. Astros are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
|10-20-17||Yankees +133 v. Astros||Top||1-7||Loss||-100||6 h 16 m||Show|
The Houston Astros left home a few days ago feeling very good about their chances to win the American League pennant and advance to the second World Series in franchise history, but returned home with a very different feeling. The Astros will try to stay alive one more day and force a decisive Game 7 of the AL Championship Series when they host the New York Yankees in Game 6 on Friday.
Houston won the first two games at home but totaled only nine runs in the series after leading the majors in scoring with 896 runs during the regular season, and it is looking for more from George Springer (2-for-18 in the series) and Josh Reddick (0-for-17) at home in Game 6.
The Yankees finally found their offense at home while winning all three games, and are starting to get production from Aaron Judge (4-for-9, two homers, six RBIs in the last three games) and Gary Sanchez, who drove in five runs in the last two contests.
Houston is 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position in the series.
Severino is hoping to go deeper into Game 6 after being lifted from Game 2 following the fourth inning, when he struggled to get loose and was hit in the wrist by a comebacker. Severino surrendered a solo home run to Carlos Correa in that outing and was strong in his lone AL Division Series appearance, yielding three runs and four hits in seven innings against Cleveland.
Verlander went up against Severino in Game 2 and earned the win while hurling a 124-pitch complete game. The former AL MVP yielded one run and five hits while striking out 13 and walking one to earn his third win in as many 2017 postseason appearances.
Yankees are 15-3 in Severinos last 18 starts. Road team is 4-1 in Reynolds' last 5 Friday games behind home plate vs. New York.
|10-19-17||Dodgers -155 v. Cubs||Top||11-1||Win||100||9 h 49 m||Show|
The Chicago Cubs have won five straight games when their backs were against the wall dating to last year’s World Series, and they’ll try to make it six on Thursday. The Cubs will try to stave off elimination for a second consecutive night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers at home and sending the National League Championship Series back to California.
Kershaw is 5-7 with a 4.57 ERA in 20 career games (16 starts) in the postseason. He split two starts against the Cubs in last year’s NLCS and allowed two runs over five innings in a no-decision in Game 1 of this matchup. Surprisingly, the ace has started only one series-clincher, throwing six scoreless frames to beat Atlanta in the 2013 NL Division Series.
Quintana has been excellent in his first postseason, allowing three runs - two earned - over 11 1/3 innings in two starts and a relief appearance. He gave up two runs and two hits over five frames in Game 1 and left with the contest tied. Quintana went 5-0 with a lofty 4.76 ERA in eight turns at Wrigley Field during the regular season.
If the Cubs are going to live another day, someone other than Wade Davis will have to close out Game 5, as the right-hander recorded six outs on Wednesday for his second multi-inning save of the postseason.
Dodgers relievers have pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings and given up only three hits in the series.
Dodgers are 6-1 in their last 7 playoff games. Cubs are 4-11 in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win.
The Dodgers move on to the World Series!
|10-18-17||Astros v. Yankees +104||Top||0-5||Win||104||6 h 11 m||Show|
The New York Yankees will take another crack at Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel when the teams tangle in a critical Game 5 of their American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. A two-run seventh inning and four-run eighth propelled New York to a stirring 6-4 comeback victory in Game 4 on Tuesday, knotting the best-of-seven matchup at two wins apiece.
Slugger Aaron Judge, limited to one single in seven at-bats in back-to-back losses at Houston, is 3-for-6 with five RBIs in the two games in the Bronx after beginning the comeback with a solo homer and delivering the game-tying RBI double in the eighth. Judge has collected nine RBIs in five home games during the playoffs and zero in five contests on the road.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.71 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 1.38)
Keuchel is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five career postseason games (four starts) and struck out 10 Yankees in the series-opening win. Both of this year's playoff outings have taken place at home, but the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner was much more human on the road during the regular season - going 5-5 with a 4.24 ERA and allowing opponents to produce a .720 OPS, compared to .513 at home. Keuchel's last appearance away from home in the playoffs was in relief in Game 5 of the ALDS in 2015, when he was tagged for three runs in one inning.
Like Keuchel, Tanaka has had better fortune at home, and he finished the regular season by going 5-1 with a 1.29 ERA over a six-start stretch at Yankee Stadium. The 28-year-old has given up two runs and seven hits - no home runs - over 13 innings this postseason.
New York has won 18 of its last 21 games at home dating back to the regular season.
|10-17-17||Dodgers v. Cubs -107||Top||6-1||Loss||-107||10 h 39 m||Show|
The New York Yankees woke up offensively just in time on their home field and hope to build on a big night when the Houston Astros visit for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. The Yankees managed only two runs while losing the first two games but exploded for eight runs in the first four innings on Monday before going on to post a critical 8-1 triumph.
Sonny Gray will try to help the Yankees even the series and keep Jose Altuve under control as the AL batting champion is 11-for-30 lifetime against him and hitting .481 with three homers in the postseason. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers Jr., who struck out 132 batters over 118 2/3 innings during the regular season but is looking for his first victory since June 24. The Astros, who led the majors in several offensive categories this campaign and averaged six runs along with 12.3 hits in the AL Division Series, have managed five runs and 15 hits over the first three games against the Yankees.
The Yankees' bullpen has limited opponents to a .162 batting average while posting a 2.13 ERA in the postseason despite giving up a ninth-inning run in Game 3.
Astros are 1-7 in McCullers last 8 starts. Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 home playoff games.
|10-17-17||Astros v. Yankees -136||Top||4-6||Win||100||6 h 42 m||Show|
The New York Yankees woke up offensively just in time on their home field and hope to build on a big night when the Houston Astros visit for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. The Yankees managed only two runs while losing the first two games but exploded for eight runs in the first four innings on Monday before going on to post a critical 8-1 triumph.
Sonny Gray will try to help the Yankees even the series and keep Jose Altuve under control as the AL batting champion is 11-for-30 lifetime against him and hitting .481 with three homers in the postseason. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers Jr., who struck out 132 batters over 118 2/3 innings during the regular season but is looking for his first victory since June 24. The Astros, who led the majors in several offensive categories this campaign and averaged six runs along with 12.3 hits in the AL Division Series, have managed five runs and 15 hits over the first three games against the Yankees.
The Yankees' bullpen has limited opponents to a .162 batting average while posting a 2.13 ERA in the postseason despite giving up a ninth-inning run in Game 3.
Astros are 1-7 in McCullers last 8 starts. Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 home playoff games.
|10-16-17||Astros v. Yankees -130||Top||1-8||Win||100||5 h 54 m||Show|
The margin of error in the first two games of the American League Championship Series was razor thin, with the Houston Astros managing to come out on top in each contest to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven matchup. The New York Yankees will try to turn the tide in their favor when they host Game 3 on Monday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Charlie Morton (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.72)
Astros are 2-5 in their last 7 League Championship road games. Yankees are 13-3 in Sabathias last 16 home starts and are 5-1 in Sabathias last 6 starts.
|10-12-17||Cubs -105 v. Nationals||Top||9-8||Win||100||9 h 37 m||Show|
With an assist from the weather, the Washington Nationals have forced a winner-take-all matchup against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Thursday in their National League Division Series. Stephen Strasburg’s stellar start in Washington’s 5-0 win in Game 4 on Wednesday sent the series back to the nation’s capital and left the Nationals with plenty of flexibility with their pitching staff.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Hendricks outdueled Strasburg in Game 1, allowing two hits and three walks while registering six strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The 27-year-old has gotten the ball for the Cubs’ last two series clinchers – Game 6 of last year’s NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Game 7 of the World Series versus Cleveland. He is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA in eight postseason starts.
Baker told reporters after Game 4 he is “not sure yet” who will start on Thursday and his decision will be based on who is the best fit but now Gonzalez will start. He allowed three runs and three hits over five innings in Game 2 as the Nationals got him off the hook with a late rally. Roark, who will be first up to pitch if Gonzalez struggles has not started since Sept. 27 and gave up eight runs in 5 2/3 frames over his last two regular-season appearances (one start).
Cubs are 6-1 in Hendricks' last 7 starts vs. National League East and are 8-2 in Hendricks' last 10 starts after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Nationals are 5-13 in Gonzalezs last 18 starts vs. National League Central. Nationals are 1-4 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
|10-11-17||Nationals v. Cubs -111||Top||5-0||Loss||-111||2 h 51 m||Show|
The Chicago Cubs gave Jake Arrieta a few extra days to rest his tender hamstring, and with the rain out yesterday now he’s in a position to help get the team back to the National League Championship Series. Arrieta gets the ball in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday as the Cubs look to close out the visiting Washington Nationals.
Anthony Rizzo’s bloop single in the eighth inning plated the go-ahead run Monday as the Cubs posted a 2-1 victory in Game 3 to regain the series lead. Arrieta can close it out as he makes his first start since Sept. 26, and the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner says his nagging right hamstring injury is a “non-issue.” He hopes to follow the rest of Chicago's starting rotation, which has allowed two runs - one earned - in 18 2/3 innings over the first three games of the series.
Cubs RHP Wade Davis improved to 6-for-6 in save opportunities in the postseason with Monday’s save and has posted a 0.79 ERA in 25 career playoff games.
Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning record. Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 Divisional Playoff games and are 5-0 in Arrietas last 5 starts during game 4 of a series.
|10-06-17||Cubs v. Nationals -150||Top||3-0||Loss||-150||7 h 39 m||Show|
The man who took the ball to start the Chicago Cubs’ World Series clincher gets it again Friday. The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound opposite fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg when visiting Chicago begins its quest for another crown in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 2.52)
Hendricks struggled early in the season, but he has posted an NL-best 2.19 ERA since returning from a hand injury July 24. The 27-year-old has allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 13 starts over that stretch, but he gave up three runs over seven innings in a loss to Washington on Aug. 4. Hendricks is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven postseason starts.
Strasburg was dominant in 10 starts after the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 62 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old allowed more than one run only twice over that span, and he hasn’t lost since Aug. 19. Strasburg has made only one postseason start - in the 2014 NLDS against San Francisco - and allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in a tough-luck loss.
The Nationals won four of seven meetings with the Cubs this season. Cubs are 1-5 in Hendricks' last 6 starts during game 1 of a series and are 0-5 in Hendricks' last 5 Friday starts. Nationals are 10-1 in Strasburgs last 11 starts vs. National League Central and are 45-11 in Strasburgs last 56 starts. Nationals are 4-1 in Strasburgs last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
|10-05-17||Yankees v. Indians -135||Top||0-4||Win||100||9 h 37 m||Show|
Terry Francona made liberal use of his bullpen weapons while guiding the Cleveland Indians to the World Series last season, and Joe Girardi took that philosophy a step further while guiding the New York Yankees to the American League Division Series with a win in the wild-card game Tuesday. Girardi will try to find a way to beat Francona and the best team in the AL when the Yankees visit the top-seeded Indians in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA) vs. Indians RH Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19)
Gray went 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts after being acquired from the Oakland Athletics prior to the trade deadline but struggled some in September, surrendering nine home runs in 35 1/3 innings. The Vanderbilt product, who lost at Cleveland in his New York debut on Aug. 3, was ripped for six runs on six hits - two homers - over 4 2/3 innings in his final regular-season outing on Saturday.
Bauer aided the Indians' sprint to the finish by going 9-1 with a 2.42 ERA over his last 13 games (12 starts) and allowed two runs in 13 innings over his final two starts. Two of those 13 outings came against New York on Aug. 4 and Aug. 30, and the UCLA product breezed to wins in both by scattering two runs over 13 frames and striking out 11. Bauer, who gets the start over Cy Young candidate Kluber so that Kluber can come back on regular rest in a potential Game 5 or Game 1 of the ALCS,
Yankees are 1-4 in Grays last 5 starts on grass. Indians are 7-1 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record and are 7-1 in Bauers last 8 starts with 5 days of rest. Yankees are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
|10-05-17||Red Sox v. Astros -129||Top||2-8||Win||100||5 h 6 m||Show|
The Houston Astros battled all the way into the final weekend in the race for the best record in the American League and fell just short, leaving them to host the third-seeded AL East champion Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday. The second-seeded Astros made the biggest move of the waiver deadline period by bringing in Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers and will send him to the mound in Game 1.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA) vs. Astros RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36)
Sale went 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA over his final eight starts and struggled to keep the ball in the park at times, including his final start against Toronto on Sept. 26 in which he served up four home runs. The Florida native will be making his first career postseason start.
Verlander earned his spot at the top of the Astros postseason rotation by going 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five starts since joining the team. The former MVP allowed four runs (three earned) in 12 innings over two starts against Boston earlier this season, though he did not factor in either decision.
Red Sox are 1-5 in their last 6 Divisional Playoff road games and are 0-4 in Sales last 4 Thursday starts. Astros are 11-2 in their last 13 home games and are 5-0 in Verlanders last 5 starts.
|10-04-17||Rockies v. Diamondbacks -162||Top||8-11||Win||100||10 h 7 m||Show|
Two teams make their long-awaited return to the postseason when the Colorado Rockies visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for a battle of National League West rivals in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and had an 11-8 record this year against the Rockies, who make their first postseason appearance since 2009.
Arizona went 52-29 at Chase Field this year and boast a powerful middle of the lineup as J.D. Martinez launched 29 homers in 62 games after being acquired from Detroit while Paul Goldschmidt knocked in 120 runs,
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20)
Gray became a key part of the rotation after the All-Star break while going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA over 15 starts, and allowed seven runs across 30 innings in his last five outings. The 25-year-old Oklahoma native also struck out 10 to win at Arizona on June 30 and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA lifetime versus the Diamondbacks. Martinez is 2-for-6 with a pair of homers and David Peralta 6-for-13 with a triple against Gray.
Greinke reached 17 victories for the third time in four seasons, but struggled in his last home start against Miami on Sept. 22 when he permitted eight runs over four innings. The 33-year-old Orlando native, who ended the regular season by limiting Kansas City to two runs over four innings Friday, is 9-5 lifetime against Colorado after going 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five outings this season.
Rockies are 5-11 in Grays last 16 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. Diamondbacks are 11-2 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning record and are 8-1 in Greinkes last 9 starts with 4 days of rest.
|09-26-17||Cubs +103 v. Cardinals||Top||7-8||Loss||-100||6 h 24 m||Show|
Already having eliminated the rival St. Louis Cardinals from contention for the National League Central title, the Chicago Cubs can do further harm to the Cardinals’ wild-card hopes when the teams continue their four-game series Tuesday in St. Louis. The Cubs need one win or one Milwaukee loss to clinch their second straight NL Central crown.
Chicago knocked St. Louis out of the division race with a 10-2 win in Monday’s opener, and the Cardinals are fading in the wild-card race, trailing Colorado by 2 1/2 games for the final playoff spot. The Cubs have won six straight against the Cardinals and lead the season series 12-4. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta aims to continue his strong record against St. Louis – he is 8-3 with a 2.06 ERA in 16 meetings. Chicago has won 11 of its last 13 overall.
Martinez was roughed up by the Cubs on Sept. 15 in Chicago, allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings and taking the loss. The 26-year-old Dominican bounced back to win his last start but did not have his best stuff and gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings at Cincinnati. Martinez is 4-4 with a 4.55 ERA in 23 games (13 starts) against the Cubs.
Cubs are 21-5 in their last 26 road games vs. a right-handed starter. Cardinals are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
|09-26-17||Nationals -152 v. Phillies||Top||1-4||Loss||-152||5 h 15 m||Show|
Bryce Harper's month-and-a-half absence due to a knee injury was potentially extended an additional 24 hours by flu-like symptoms as the 2015 National League MVP sat out the opener of the Washington Nationals' three-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies. Harper aims to return to the lineup for the first time since Aug. 12 on Tuesday as the Nationals vie their 24th win in their last 31 encounters versus the Phillies.
Philadelphia. While the Nationals have won three in a row and six of their last eight as they gear up for the postseason, the cellar-dwelling Phillies have dropped four of five.
Gonzalez improved to 7-2 in his last nine starts on Wednesday after allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 7-3 victory at Atlanta. The 32-year-old surrendered two solo homers in that contest and has been taken deep five times in his last five outings. Gonzalez has yet to allow more than three earned runs in 12 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, and has gotten the better of Maikel Franco (1-for-19, four strikeouts), Aaron Altherr (1-for-15, six strikeouts) and Tommy Joseph (2-for-11).
Nationals are 6-1 in Gonzalezs last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Phillies are 0-5 in Thompsons last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
|09-22-17||Cardinals -145 v. Pirates||Top||4-3||Win||100||8 h 56 m||Show|
The St. Louis Cardinals weren't shy with their offense as they scored 15 runs in their three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium earlier this month. Fresh off erupting for erupting for 25 runs in a three-game sweep of Cincinnati, the Cardinals aim to keep the offense churning versus the Pirates on Friday when the National League Central rivals meet at PNC Park.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (12-8, 4.02 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Ivan Nova (11-14, 4.20)
Wacha saw his three-game winning streak come to a halt on Saturday after allowing three runs and five walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-1 loss to the Cubs. The 26-year-old held Pittsburgh in check in his last outing on Sept. 10, permitting five hits and striking out seven in eight scoreless innings in a 7-0 rout. Wacha owns a 2-1 mark with a 2.89 ERA in three starts versus the Pirates this season.
Nova lost his fourth straight start on Saturday despite yielding two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 2-1 setback at Cincinnati. The 30-year-old Dominican may be in the midst of a difficult stretch, but Friday's start - his 30th of the season - will be a profitable one as he will receive a $750,000 bonus as part of an incentive in his contract. Nova's lone win in his last seven starts came at the expense of St. Louis on Aug. 20, when he allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-3 triumph.
|09-22-17||Rays -106 v. Orioles||Top||8-3||Win||100||8 h 56 m||Show|
The Baltimore Orioles expected to be preparing for a playoff run in late September, but instead they are battling for third place in the American League East when the Tampa Bay Rays pay a visit for the second of a four-game set Friday night. The Orioles earned a 3-1 victory in the series opener Thursday and are 5 ½ games out in the race for the AL’s second wild card - one-half game behind the Rays - with just over a week to go.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Alex Cobb (11-10, 3.63 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Ubaldo Jimenez (6-10, 6.57)
Cobb gave up nine runs total in his last six starts, but managed just a 2-3 record during that stretch without completing more than six innings in any outing. The 29-year-old Boston native held Baltimore to one run and four hits over seven innings for a 5-1 victory on July 26 to improve to 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 career contests against the Orioles.
Evan Longoria is 7-for-22 with a pair of homers overall versus Jimenez, who is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three games against the Rays in 2017.
|09-21-17||Nationals -133 v. Braves||Top||2-3||Loss||-133||9 h 33 m||Show|
The Washington Nationals still have something to play for over the final 11 contests of the regular season and look to complete a three-game sweep of the host Atlanta Braves on Thursday. The National League East champions have crept within 3 ½ games of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL with three straight victories and could be getting back slugger Bryce Harper soon.
Roark has strung together four consecutive quality starts and has posted four wins in his last five outings, striking out 39 during that stretch. The 30-year-old Illinois product, who is 7-3 since July 1 after going 1-4 in June, owns a 3.84 ERA on the road as opposed to a 4.90 mark at home.
Dickey is winless in his last three starts, allowing 17 runs - 16 earned - and 22 hits with eight walks over 14 1/3 innings in that span. The 42-year-old knuckleballer, who has a 119-118 lifetime record, needs one triumph to reach double digits in victories for the sixth straight season and seventh overall. Jayson Werth (13-for-29, two homers) and Ryan Zimmerman (15-for-42, four) have caused trouble for Dickey, who is 4-9 against Washington in his career.
Nationals are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30 and are 11-4 in Roarks last 15 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance. Braves are 1-4 in Dickeys last 5 home starts. Nationals are 8-2 in Roarks last 10 starts vs. Braves.
|09-21-17||Royals v. Blue Jays -143||Top||1-0||Loss||-143||8 h 4 m||Show|
After unleashing some offensive frustration to halt a three-game skid, the Kansas City Royals will go for a series win against the host Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday in the rubber match of a three-game series. Kansas City used an eight-run second inning en route to a 15-5 win on Wednesday night to close within 3 1/2 games of the American League's second wild card. The Royals had failed to score more than four runs in eight straight games before busting loose against the Blue Jays
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Jason Vargas (16-10, 4.19 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (9-10, 3.76)
Vargas halted his second-half spiral by winning his last two starts, although he went five innings in each and hasn't resembled the pitcher who was 12-3 on June 30. He gave up three runs at Cleveland on Friday after limiting Minnesota to one run on four hits in his previous turn. Vargas is 3-3 with a 4.96 ERA against the Blue Jays.
Happ is coming on strong after starting the season by losing his first four decisions and not earning his first victory until June 11. He has surrendered a total of five earned runs in winning each of his last three starts to move closer to a sixth season with double-digit victories. Brandon Moss is 8-for-16 versus Happ, who pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Royals on June 23.
Royals are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. Royals are 0-4 in Vargas' last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. Blue Jays are 17-4 in Happs last 21 starts after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game and are 13-4 in Happs last 17 starts when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
|09-20-17||Indians -104 v. Angels||Top||6-5||Win||100||11 h 51 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels are sliding downward at an inopportune time and look to rebound against the visiting Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in the middle contest of their three-game series. The Angels dropped a 5-2 decision in the opener for their seventh setback in 11 games and missed out on the chance to gain ground on Minnesota in the race for the second American League wild-card spot.
Los Angeles, which has scored just seven runs over its last three contests, is 1 1/2 games behind the Twins with only 12 remaining. Superstar Mike Trout is just 2-for-17 over his last five contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: RH Josh Tomlin (9-9, 5.04 ERA) vs. Angels RH Ricky Nolasco (6-14, 5.11)
Tomlin is 5-0 over his last eight starts after opening the campaign by losing nine of 13 decisions. The 32-year-old has posted a 2.39 ERA over his last five turns, giving up fewer than three runs in each of the outings. Tomlin is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA in five career starts versus the Angels, and his lone career outing at Angel Stadium occurred in 2010, when he gave up three runs and three hits in six innings during a no-decision.
Nolasco has dropped back-to-back starts and is winless in his last five turns. The 34-year-old is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 15 home starts and has allowed 12 homers at Angel Stadium compared to 22 on the road. Nolasco is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) against the Indians, including a defeat on July 26 in which he gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Indians are 6-1 in Tomlins last 7 starts on grass. Angels are 3-12 in Nolascos last 15 starts with 5 days of rest.
|09-19-17||Indians -104 v. Angels||Top||6-3||Win||100||11 h 39 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels face a tall task when they try to keep their American League wild card hopes alive against the visiting Cleveland Indians in a three-game series beginning Tuesday. The Indians are winners of 24 of their last 25 games and are busy trying to secure the best record in the AL ahead of the playoffs.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Mike Clevinger (10-5, 3.21 ERA) vs. Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37)
Clevinger fits right in with Cleveland's success over the last four weeks and is riding a streak of four straight wins, during which he surrendered a total of one earned run. The 26-year-old Florida native had a string of three straight scoreless outings come to an end Wednesday, when he was reached for three runs - one earned - and six hits in 5 2/3 innings while earning a win over Detroit.
Skaggs earned his first win since April 22 on Wednesday against Houston, scattering three hits over seven scoreless innings and striking out five. The 26-year-old Californian recorded a quality start in each of his last two outings after failing to complete six frames in any of his previous four turns. Skaggs is seeing Cleveland for the first time this season and is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in two previous starts against the Indians.
Indians are 6-0 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter and are 9-1 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Angels are 1-10 in their last 11 games following an off day.
|09-16-17||Brewers -142 v. Marlins||Top||4-7||Loss||-142||9 h 33 m||Show|
Although they are officially listed as the visiting team due to the damage inflicted in Florida by Hurricane Irma, the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of the cozy confines of Miller Park to stay on a roll. The Brewers have won three in a row and six of seven entering the second of a three-game set against the reeling Miami Marlins.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Zach Davies (17-8, 3.67 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Adam Conley (6-7, 5.23)
Davies has posted nine quality starts in his last 11 appearances and is coming off another impressive performance, earning his third win over his last four turns after holding the reigning world champion Cubs to one run over seven innings Sunday. The 24-year-old has allowed only five earned runs over his last six starts, going 4-2 in that span, and hasn't permitted a home run since July 30.
Conley escaped with a no-decision last Saturday at Atlanta despite getting tagged for four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings, running his winless streak to four starts. He has struggled to keep the ball in the park over the past seven weeks, yielding 11 of his 15 homers over his last nine starts. Ryan Braun is 5-for-9 against Conley.
Brewers are 9-1 in Davies' last 10 starts after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. Marlins are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
|09-15-17||Diamondbacks -154 v. Giants||Top||3-2||Win||100||10 h 7 m||Show|
Riding one of the most dominant stretches any pitcher can hope for, left-hander Robbie Ray looks to win his fifth consecutive start when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series at the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Ray has been outstanding during his winning streak, allowing four runs on 13 hits while striking out 45 in 25 1/3 innings.
Arizona's offense, led by A.J. Pollock and J.D. Martinez, also came alive in taking the final two contests against Colorado to boost its lead atop the wild-card race to five games with 15 to play.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (13-5, 2.81 ERA) vs. Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (9-13, 4.47)
Ray continued his spectacular late season surge by fanning 12 - his third straight game with double-digit strikeouts - while giving up two runs on four hits over six innings versus San Diego last time out. He earned his first win of the year in his second appearance against San Francisco this season on April 11, giving up four hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Samardzija absorbed his first loss in nearly a month when he was tagged for six runs, including four home runs, over 5 2/3 innings at the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 9. That spoiled a stretch in which he had registered seven quality starts in his previous eight turns, posting a 5-1 record in that span. That included 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball against Arizona, which beat him in each of his first two starts this year.
Diamondbacks are 7-0 in their last 7 road games and Diamondbacks are 12-2 in Rays last 14 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Giants are 8-17 in Samardzijas last 25 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
|09-14-17||Astros -134 v. Angels||Top||5-2||Win||100||8 h 9 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels have ended a scoring funk and aim to win a series against the team with best record in the American League when they host the Houston Astros on Thursday for the finale of their three-game series. Los Angeles recorded eight extra-base hits in a 9-1 trouncing of the Astros (87-58) on Wednesday after scoring just 10 runs over its previous five contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Brad Peacock (10-2, 3.05 ERA) vs. Angels RH Ricky Nolasco (6-13, 5.19)
Peacock is winless in his last six outings but has suffered just one loss during the drought. The 29-year-old has struck out eight or more batters in four of his last five turns and has fanned a career-high 150 this season. Peacock is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against Los Angeles this season and 3-2 with a 4.64 ERA in 10 career appearances (seven starts).
Nolasco lasted just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Seattle in his last turn - allowing four runs and six hits - and is winless over his last four outings. The 34-year-old has served up a career-worst 34 homers, third-most in the majors.
Astros are 10-4 in Peacocks last 14 road starts. Angels are 3-11 in Nolascos last 14 starts with 5 days of rest.
|09-13-17||Pirates v. Brewers -157||Top||2-8||Win||100||9 h 49 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers have gotten far more than expected out of Chase Anderson this season, which is one reason they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot. The Brewers need another major contribution from him in the finale of their three-game series against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
Anderson gets the ball a day earlier than expected as he slides into Jimmy Nelson’s spot in the rotation for the rubber match of the series. The Brewers have won four of their last five contests to pull within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and remain four behind Colorado for the second wild card.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Tyler Glasnow (2-6, 7.45 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Chase Anderson (9-3, 2.93)
Glasnow struggled at the major-league level early in the season but regained his dominant form in the minors. The 24-year-old was 9-2 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis. Glasnow faced the Cubs twice in his first stint with the Pirates this season, allowing nine runs - seven earned - over 8 1/3 innings in a pair of no-decisions.
Anderson will start on three days’ rest after an abbreviated outing against Chicago on Saturday. The 29-year-old threw only 67 pitches while allowing one hit over five scoreless frames before the Brewers lifted him with a 14-0 lead. Anderson is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA in nine career starts versus the Pirates and won the only meeting this season.
Pirates are 1-6 in Glasnows last 7 starts when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game. Brewers are 8-2 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter and Brewers are 9-2 in Andersons last 11 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
|09-12-17||Rockies v. Diamondbacks -125||Top||4-2||Loss||-125||6 h 10 m||Show|
The Colorado Rockies took the first step toward overtaking the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first wild card in the National League and hope to take another when they visit their NL West rivals on Tuesday for the second contest of their four-game set. Colorado held on for a 5-4 victory in the series opener that drew it within four games of Arizona in the wild-card standings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH Jon Gray (7-4, 4.07 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Taijuan Walker (9-7, 3.33)
Gray is coming off a strong start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday, when he allowed one run and four hits over six innings en route to victory. The 25-year-old native of Oklahoma has won two straight turns on the road after going 0-3 over his previous five outings away from home. Gray has split a pair of decisions against the Diamondbacks this year, posting the triumph in Arizona on June 30 as he gave up two runs while recording a season-high 10 strikeouts over six frames.
Walker has been outstanding over his last four starts, going 3-0 while allowing a total of two runs in 22 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old from Louisiana has served up just one home run during the unbeaten streak but has worked more than six frames only once. One of the wins came against the Rockies on Sept. 1, when Walker registered 10 strikeouts while yielding three hits in five scoreless innings at Colorado to improve to 2-1 in four turns versus the club this season.
Rockies are 4-11 in Grays last 15 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. Diamondbacks are 6-1 in Walkers last 7 starts vs. National League West.
|09-12-17||Reds v. Cardinals -157||Top||4-13||Win||100||5 h 56 m||Show|
One good week pulled the St. Louis Cardinals within two games of the division-leading Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. With another good week, beginning on Tuesday when they host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series, the Cardinals could find themselves back on top.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Robert Stephenson (4-4, 5.15 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (10-7, 2.94)
Stephenson earned the win in each of his last four outings and is coming off a strong start against Milwaukee last Tuesday, in which he surrendered one run and four hits while working around five walks. The 24-year-old fanned seven against the Brewers and owns 25 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings over his last three outings. Stephenson made his season debut in relief at St. Louis on Apr. 8 and struggled to find the zone while issuing six walks in 1 2/3 frames.
Lynn is winless in his last six outings despite surrendering two or fewer earned runs in five of those turns. The Ole Miss product yielded one run and six hits across six innings at San Diego on Thursday but took the loss in a 3-0 final. Lynn's last win came at Cincinnati on Aug. 5, when he struck out four and permitted one run and three hits across six innings.
Reds are 1-4 in Stephensons last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Cardinals are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.
|09-12-17||Yankees -144 v. Rays||Top||1-2||Loss||-144||4 h 49 m||Show|
The New York Yankees continue to march toward a playoff spot and can give themselves even more cushion when they go for their eighth victory in 10 games Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field in New York. Todd Frazier belted a three-run homer in Monday’s 5-1 victory in the series opener as the Yankees crept within three games of first-place Boston in the American League East.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (9-9, 3.22 ERA) vs. Rays LH Blake Snell (3-6, 4.36)
Gray won for the second time in three starts last time out at Baltimore when he allowed one unearned run and six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old Vanderbilt product yielded two or fewer earned runs in six of his seven starts since being acquired by the Yankees, but is only 3-4 despite a solid 2.74 ERA in that span. Evan Longoria is 10-for-26 with a homer versus Gray, who limited the Rays to two runs across 6 1/3 innings for a win July 19 while with the Oakland Athletics, improving to 3-2 with a 3.93 ERA in nine starts against Tampa Bay.
Snell is unbeaten in his past eight starts, but struggled in his last outing Wednesday against Minnesota when he permitted six runs on seven hits (two homers) across four innings of a no-decision. The 24-year-old had posted quality starts in four of his previous five outings while giving up eight total runs (seven earned) in 33 innings. Gary Sanchez is 3-for-6 with two homers versus Snell.
Yankees are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. Rays are 2-6 in Snells last 8 starts vs. American League East.
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