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|10-23-19||Nationals +166 v. Astros||Top||12-3||Win||166||8 h 48 m||Show|
Justin Verlander may have a reputation of being a big-game pitcher, but that hasn't been true of his World Series ventures. Verlander will aim to record his first-ever win in the Fall Classic on Wednesday, when the Houston Astros look to even the series with the visiting Washington Nationals at one win apiece.
Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five starts over three previous World Series with Detroit (two) and Houston (one), and he admits the extra fanfare can make it tough to maintain his regular rhythm.
Verlander will be matched up against Stephen Strasburg, who has a stellar 1.10 postseason ERA and a 4-2 record in seven career appearances (six starts). Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs while Ryan Zimmerman went deep in his first World Series at-bat as the Nationals recorded a 5-4 victory in Game 1.
Strasburg has been electric with 33 strikeouts and just one walk in 22 innings this postseason, allowing just four runs and 18 hits.
I’m backing the Nats again tonight.
|10-07-19||Yankees -140 v. Twins||Top||5-1||Win||100||8 h 13 m||Show|
The New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins are in very familiar territory as they head to Minneapolis on Monday for Game 3 of their best-of-five American League Division Series, an unfortunate scenario for the hosts. The Twins have dropped a record 15 consecutive postseason games - 12 of them to the Yankees -after being outscored 18-6 in dropping the first two contests of the series in New York.
The Yankees were powered in Game 2 by a grand slam from Didi Gregorius and a solid pitching performance that saw Masahiro Tanaka and four relievers combine to scatter six hits and strike out 14. They'll aim for their third straight ALDS sweep against the Twins behind right-hander Luis Severino.
The 25-year-old threw nine scorless innings over his first two starts upon returning to the rotation in September, and then allowed two runs in three frames at Texas in his last outing Sept. 28.
An All-Star for the first time in 2019, Odorizzi will be making his debut in the postseason. He was pounded for a season-high nine runs in four frames in a rematch at Target Field on July 24.
Take the Yankees to outscore the Twins for the sweep!
|10-04-19||Twins v. Yankees -188||Top||4-10||Win||100||9 h 43 m||Show|
The New York Yankees have enjoyed a one-sided postseason rivalry with the Minnesota Twins over the years, a trend they hope to continue when the teams begin the American League Division Series with Game 1 at Yankee Stadium on Friday. The Yankees are 13-2 against the Twins in the playoffs since 2003, claiming four division series and the 2017 Wild Card Game, and Minnesota has lost 13 straight playoff games overall.
New York claimed four of six regular-season meetings, including two of three at Minnesota in July in a thrilling series that saw the teams combine for 20 home runs and 57 runs.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jose Berrios (14-8, 3.68 ERA) vs. Yankees LH James Paxton (15-6, 3.82)
Berrios won his final three decisions in the regular season to finish with 14 victories for the second time in his three full seasons. He lasted three innings out of the bullpen while giving up three runs in the Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium in 2017, and the 25-year-old is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA in two career starts in the Bronx. Aaron Judge is 3-for-5 with a double against Berrios while Didi Gregorius is 3-for-6 with a home run and a double.
Paxton's early departure last Friday in Texas ended his run of 10 straights wins, a remarkable stretch in which he posted a 2.25 ERA. The 30-year-old, who lasted only three innings in his one start against the Twins in May before exiting with a knee injury, is making his postseason debut. He was 7-3 with a 3.35 ERA at Yankee Stadium this year, holding opponents to a .211 average and recording 97 strikeouts over 78 innings.
Yankees over power the Twins!
|10-04-19||Cardinals -124 v. Braves||Top||0-3||Loss||-124||6 h 13 m||Show|
Paul Goldschmidt rediscovered his home-run swing in the last week of the season and flexed his muscles once again in the opener of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves. Goldschmidt aims to continue his power display on Friday afternoon as the St. Louis Cardinals face the Braves in Game 2 of the best-of-5 set at SunTrust Park.
Goldschmidt belted a 446-foot homer in the eighth inning to cap a multi-hit performance in St. Louis' 7-6 victory over Atlanta on Thursday, marking the fifth time that he has gone deep in nine career playoff games. The 33-year-old has feasted on the Braves' pitching in 2019 to the tune of going 9-for-23.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54)
Flaherty enters the playoffs with back-to-back scoreless outings and a sizzling 7-2 record and 0.91 ERA in his last 15 starts, helping him capture NL Pitcher of the Month honors for both August and September. The 23-year-old surrendered just three hits and struck out 17 batters over his last 14 innings in a no-decision at Arizona on Sept. 24 before blanking the Chicago Cubs five days later. Flaherty overcame five walks in six innings to pick up the win against Atlanta on May 14 before scattering three hits over six scoreless frames in a no-decision 12 days later.
Like Flaherty, Foltynewicz finished the regular season with a flourish by posting a 6-0 record over a nine-start stretch before surrendering two homers in four innings of a 3-0 setback at the New York Mets on Saturday. The 27-year-old was on opposite ends of the spectrum in his two starts against St. Louis, serving up three homers and eight runs total on May 14 before allowing one unearned run in six innings of a 5-2 win 10 days later. Marcell Ozuna has taken Foltynewicz deep on two occasions while Yadier Molina has also homered to highlight his 5-for-15 stretch versus the hurler.
I’ll back the Cardinals again today!
|09-25-19||Brewers -133 v. Reds||Top||9-2||Win||100||8 h 55 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers' hopes of returning to the postseason appeared to dim considerably when reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich was lost for the season after suffering a fractured kneecap. Instead, the Brewers have thrived in Yelich's absence and can clinch a playoff spot when they resume their three-game series at the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
Former MVP Ryan Braun homered among two hits to extend his hitting streak to four as Milwaukee made it five straight wins to lower its magic number to one for wrapping up a wild-card berth. Surging Milwaukee has won 16 of 18 -- and 11 of 13 since Yelich was hurt -- to close within one game of Washington for the top wild card.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jordan Lyles (11-8, 4.17 ERA) vs. Reds RH Tyler Mahle (2-11, 4.93)
Lyles went more than two months without a victory and was 0-6 in an eight-start span before he was traded from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee, starting a remarkable turnaround in which he is 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 10 starts. He gave up one run and struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision versus San Diego last time out, the eighth time in 10 starts he has yielded one earned run or less.
Mahle's winless drought reached 12 starts last time out, although he deserved a better fate after turning in a superb effort, settling for a no-decision after limiting the Cubs to one run and one hit over six innings. The soon-to-be 25-year-old was hit hard in his previous two turns, giving up a combined nine runs and 14 hits over 7 2/3 innings.
Back the Brew Crew to clinch a playoff spot tonight.
|09-11-19||Cardinals -142 v. Rockies||Top||1-2||Loss||-142||10 h 3 m||Show|
The St. Louis Cardinals look to bounce back from an unusually quiet night at Coors Field when they continue their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. St. Louis had won five in a row against Colorado before managing just six hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Dakota Hudson (15-6, 3.40 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (8-10, 7.19)
Hudson won his fifth straight start last Thursday, allowing one hit over six innings in the Cardinals’ 10-0 victory over San Francisco. The 24-year-old rookie has posted a 1.37 ERA over his last four starts and is just the second Cardinals rookie since 1967 to record 15 victories. Hudson tossed six scoreless frames in a 6-0 win over Colorado on Aug. 24 and is 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four career games (one start) versus the Rockies.
Senzatela gave up five runs for a franchise-record seventh straight game in last Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-15 with a home run against the 24-year-old, who owns a 1-3 record and 6.75 ERA in five career starts versus St. Louis.
The Cardinals are 13-5 against Colorado since the start of the 2017 season.
Lay the number with the Cardinals.
|09-11-19||Braves -122 v. Phillies||Top||3-1||Win||100||8 h 28 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies host the Atlanta Braves for Wednesday’s third matchup of a four-game series, and hope the power from Tuesday’s 6-5 victory will show up again to help keep their flickering National League playoff hopes alive. The Phillies belted five homers Tuesday, including a go-ahead inside-the-park blast from center fielder Scott Kingery, after starting the day three games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Dallas Keuchel (7-5, 3.47 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.31)
Keuchel has pitched of late like the ace the Braves hoped he would be when they signed him in June, allowing only three runs total in his past five starts while going 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 31 innings. The 31-year-old held Washington to six hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six scoreless innings Friday - the third start out of his past five in which Keuchel did not allow a run. Keuchel has faced the Phillies once, taking the loss July 2 despite giving up two runs on five hits over seven innings.
Eflin has pitched well since spending three weeks in the Phillies bullpen, pitching to a 3.32 ERA in four starts with eight runs allowed on 22 hits over 21 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old landed in relief duty after a disastrous six-start stretch from late June through late July, in which he gave up 31 earned runs on 47 hits (including nine homers) across 26 2/3 innings. Included in that rough stretch were Eflin’s only two starts against Atlanta this season, and in a combined 5 2/3 innings he went 0-2 and surrendered 17 runs (12 earned) on 14 hits (four homers) and six walks.
Play the Braves in a great spot.
|08-30-19||Indians -145 v. Rays||Top||0-4||Loss||-145||9 h 42 m||Show|
There may be a month left in the season, but there's a good chance what happens this weekend between the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays will have some kind of impact on the American League wild-card race. The Rays look to close a 2 1/2-game gap on the visiting Indians beginning Friday when the teams square off in the opener of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay ended a four-game losing streak by avoiding a sweep in Houston on Thursday, coming away with a 9-8 victory.
The Indians have won five of six following a 1-5 stretch and began their six-game road trip by outscoring Detroit 16-3 during a three-game sweep earlier in the week. Cleveland (79-55) is a major league-best 50-25 since June 4.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23 ERA) vs. Rays RH Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57)
Bieber ranks fifth in the majors with 215 strikeouts and tied for fifth in WHIP (1.01), but he has shown a surprising tendency to give up home runs (26) for a pitcher who is allowing opponents to bat .216. The UC Santa Barbara product settled for a no-decision Sunday against Kansas City, surrendering his ninth homer over his last six outings while permitting three runs (two earned) across seven innings. Bieber was effectively wild in a no-decision against Tampa Bay on May 24, allowing one run on four hits and four walks while fanning 10 in five frames.
Pruitt is set to make his first start in nearly two years and the ninth of his career despite coming off his roughest outing of the year, giving up six runs - including three homers - over 5 2/3 innings in a relief appearance Saturday at Baltimore. The 29-year-old went 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA as a member of the rotation in 2017, getting the bulk of his starts in August of that season. One of those outings came against the Indians, against whom Pruitt allowed three runs across six frames in a no-decision.
Cleveland is the play on the road.
|08-30-19||Mets v. Phillies -146||Top||11-5||Loss||-146||9 h 37 m||Show|
The New York Mets didn't do the Philadelphia Phillies any favors after getting swept by the Chicago Cubs, thus preventing manager Gabe Kapler's club from cutting into its deficit in its pursuit of the second wild card. The Phillies aim to take their frustrations out on the reeling Mets on Friday when they open a three-game set in the City of Brotherly Love.
Rhys Hoskins showed signs of ending his pronounced 2-for-20 slump with a pair of extra-base hits and an RBI as Philadelphia cruised to a 12-3 romp over Keystone State-rival Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The Phillies, who reside 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs, have won nine of 13 encounters against a Mets' club that that has answered a 21-5 stretch with losses in six straight -- including Thursday's 4-1 setback to Chicago.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (9-7, 4.46 ERA) at Phillies RH Aaron Nola (12-4, 3.53)
Wheeler has answered 15 scoreless innings with a three-start stretch in which he has posted an 0-1 mark with a 6.75 ERA, including a five-run effort in a no-decision against Atlanta on Saturday. The 29-year-old will look to get back on track versus Philadelphia, against which he had three straight solid outings earlier in the year before getting shredded for six runs in five frames of an 8-3 setback on July 7.
Nola sustained his second loss in four outings and fell to 6-3 with a 2.27 ERA in his last 13 starts after allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings of Sunday's 3-2 setback at Miami. The 26-year-old's run total was a bit high in light of his recent performances, during which he has permitted two or fewer in nine of his last 13 trips to the mound. Nola has excelled in two of three starts against New York this season, including a one-hit, 10-strikeout performance over seven scoreless innings in a no-decision on June 27.
|08-27-19||Twins v. White Sox +104||Top||3-1||Loss||-100||9 h 21 m||Show|
The Minnesota Twins are riding their power bats toward an American League Central title and a spot in the postseason and have five weeks left in the regular season to lock things up. The Twins will kick off their longest remaining road trip by visiting the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Michael Pineda (9-5, 4.26 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (14-6, 3.20)
Giolito recorded his second career shutout Wednesday at Minnesota, holding the Twins to three hits while striking out 12 without issuing a walk. The 25-year-old owns 36 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three turns and posted a quality start in five consecutive outings.
Back the home team.
|08-27-19||Reds -150 v. Marlins||Top||8-5||Win||100||8 h 20 m||Show|
Freddy Galvis has made himself at home with the Cincinnati Reds since being claimed off waivers by the club two weeks ago. The 29-year-old looks to continue his torrid streak at the plate on Tuesday as the visiting Reds play the second contest of their four-game series against the Miami Marlins.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Luis Castillo (12-5, 3.04 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Caleb Smith (8-7, 3.82)
Smith fell to 1-3 with a 5.66 ERA in last four starts on Wednesday after yielding five runs and four walks in six innings of a 5-0 loss at Atlanta. The 28-year-old has surrendered six homers in his last four trips to the mound and 23 in 21 starts this season.
Take the Reds on the road.
|08-21-19||Angels v. Rangers -123||Top||7-8||Win||100||8 h 0 m||Show|
The Texas Rangers seek just their second series win in almost two months when they cap a four-game set with the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. After opening the series with a win, the Rangers gained a split of a doubleheader Tuesday with a 3-2 win in 11 innings Tuesday night.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 5.79 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Mike Minor (11-7, 2.94)
Minor saw his personal three-game winning streak come to an end Friday against Minnesota, giving up four runs - three earned - in seven innings. He recorded his first career shutout with a three-hitter against the Angels on April 16.
Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and are 9-3 in Minors last 12 home starts vs. a team with a losing record. Rangers are 7-1 in their last 8 games with Hamari behind home plate.
Back the Rangers at home.
|08-21-19||Royals -101 v. Orioles||Top||1-8||Loss||-101||8 h 59 m||Show|
The Baltimore Orioles are winless in their last six series, a drought they have a chance to end when they host the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night in the rubber match of a three-game set. The Orioles evened the series with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday to halt an eight-game losing streak and earn just their second victory in the last 15 contests.
Kansas City seeks its first series win since a two-game sweep in Atlanta on July 23-24 behind left-hander Mike Montgomery, who looks to win his third straight start when he opposes righty Aaron Brooks.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Mike Montgomery (3-5, 4.63 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Aaron Brooks (2-7, 6.49)
Brooks was claimed off waivers from Oakland in early July, but his rotation spot could be in jeopardy after falling to 0-4 and seeing his ERA balloon to 9.22 in seven appearances with Baltimore. He lost his third consecutive start by giving up five runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings at Boston on Friday, but he kept the ball in the park after yielding seven homers in his previous three turns. Opposing batters are hitting a robust .345 against Brooks with the Orioles.
Take K.C. on the road.
|08-18-19||Giants -102 v. Diamondbacks||Top||1-6||Loss||-102||5 h 13 m||Show|
Long known as a streaky hitter, Brandon Belt appears primed for another hot stretch. Belt looks to build on his recent success when the San Francisco Giants aim for a sweep of their four-game series on Sunday against the host Arizona Diamondbacks, who have dropped four in a row.
Kevin Pillar went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs in Saturday’s 11-6 victory and Mike Yastrzemski recorded three hits from the leadoff spot, but both were overshadowed by Belt, who has struggled most of the year but hit his second career grand slam and drove in six runs on Saturday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (8-7, 3.63 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Merrill Kelly (8-12, 4.75)
Kelly notched the victory against Colorado on Monday despite giving up six runs and nine hits over five innings. The 30-year-old rookie has yielded 25 earned runs and served up nine homers over 31 1/3 frames in six starts since the All-Star break. Buster Posey has recorded four hits in six at-bats against Kelly, who tossed five innings in a loss to San Francisco on June 28.
Giants are 14-3 in their last 17 vs. National League West and are 7-0 in Bumgarners last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. Diamondbacks are 1-7 in Kellys last 8 starts.
Giants are 10-2 in Bumgarners last 12 road starts vs. Diamondbacks and I’ll back them on Sunday.
|08-16-19||Dodgers v. Braves -118||Top||8-3||Loss||-118||7 h 40 m||Show|
The Atlanta Braves host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game series starting Friday that's an opportunity to prove they can play with the two-time defending National League champions. The Braves lead the NL East by 5 1/2 games and hold the second-best record in the league but were overmatched in a four-game loss to the Dodgers in last season’s NL Division Series and outscored 23-7 in an ugly three-game sweep by the NL West leaders in Los Angeles in May.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Kenta Maeda (8-8, 4.12 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.32)
Soroka is 16 1/3 innings shy of his heaviest workload as a professional (153 2/3 innings pitched at Double-A Mississippi in 2017) but has tossed seven innings in each of his previous three starts while allowing four runs on 12 hits in that span. The 22-year-old blanked Miami over seven innings on Saturday, giving up three hits with one walk and six strikeouts, and entered Thursday second in the NL in ERA and eighth in WHIP (1.08). Soroka, who has surrendered one earned run or fewer in 14 of his 21 starts this season, makes his first career appearance against the Dodgers.
Dodgers are 3-8 in Maedas last 11 road starts. Braves are 6-1 in Sorokas last 7 home starts.
The Braves are the top play of the day.
|08-16-19||Padres v. Phillies -110||Top||4-8||Win||100||6 h 24 m||Show|
The feel-good vibes surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies' offense on Wednesday were nowhere to be found through the first eight innings the following night before a six-run ninth sent the Citizens Bank Park faithful into a frenzy. The Phillies aim to ride the momentum of Bryce Harper's walk-off grand slam into Friday's opener of a three-game series against the visiting San Diego Padres.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Chris Paddack (7-5, 3.26 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (4-7, 4.30)
Velasquez has overcome a rocky start in his return to the rotation by posting a 2-2 mark in a four-outing stretch in which he allowed seven runs on 17 hits across 22 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old continues to struggle with the home-run ball, however, as he was taken deep twice in a 3-1 setback at San Francisco on Saturday to raise his total to 10 in his last eight trips to the mound. Velasquez has stymied San Diego in three career appearances (two starts), posting a 2-0 mark with a 0.00 ERA after scattering five hits over 17 1/3 scoreless innings.
The availability of Padres rookie SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (back) is in question for the series opener, with multiple reports noting that a trip to the injured list is in his future.
Phillies take it at home.
|08-13-19||Red Sox v. Indians +100||Top||7-6||Loss||-100||8 h 46 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians have taken over first place in the American League Central for the first time since April 19 and look to stay there at least one more day when they host the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Carlos Santana belted a walk-off, solo homer leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to take the series opener 6-5 from the Red Sox on Monday as the Indians passed the idle Minnesota Twins for the top spot by one-half game in the division.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Chris Sale (6-11, 4.41 ERA) vs. Indians RH Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.02)
Clevinger won his fifth straight start and sixth consecutive decision Thursday after limiting Minnesota to two runs on three hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings. The 28-year-old has permitted two or fewer runs in six of his last seven outings and boasts 89 strikeouts across 62 2/3 innings overall this year.
Red Sox are 3-12 in their last 15 games on grass and are 1-6 in Sales last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Back the Indians to stay hot at home.
|08-12-19||Red Sox v. Indians +109||Top||5-6||Win||109||9 h 57 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians hope to continue their surge by moving into sole possession of first place in the American League Central when they host the fading Boston Red Sox to open a three-game series Monday night. The Indians took three out of four in Minnesota to end last week, capped by a 7-3 victory on Sunday, to tie the Twins for the top spot in the division and are a league-best 42-17 since June 4.
Carlos Santana leads Cleveland with 25 homers and 70 RBIs after launching a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the 10th inning Sunday, while teammate Yasiel Puig added an RBI double and is 15-for-42 with six runs batted in over 11 games since being acquired from Cincinnati. Right-hander Zach Plesac looks to keep his impressive rookie campaign going when he takes the mound for the Indians in the series opener, while Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez goes after his career-high 14th victory. The Red Sox split four contests against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend and are just 3-11 in their past 14 contests to fall 7 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the AL’s second wild card.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (13-5, 4.17 ERA) vs. Indians RH Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.13)
Plesac is unbeaten in his last six trips to the mound after holding Texas to five hits over six scoreless innings in a no-decision on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Ball State product has given up two runs or fewer in four of his past five outings and served up a total of two homers in the last six after permitting nine in his first seven games. Plesac yielded one run on four hits and a walk in his major-league debut on May 28 at Boston but was not involved in the decision.
Red Sox are 0-8 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. Indians are 13-3 in their last 16 home games vs. a left-handed starter. Red Sox are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Cleveland.
Take the Indians at home.
|08-11-19||Cubs v. Reds -125||Top||6-3||Loss||-125||2 h 36 m||Show|
A rookie's power stroke has given the Cincinnati Reds a boost in the National League wild card race, and they'll try to ride Aristides Aquino's remarkable stretch to a third straight win over the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Aquino homered in a loss to the Cubs to begin the four-game set Thursday, slugged another in Friday's 5-2 win and then went deep in each of his first three at-bats in a 10-1 rout Saturday night.
The 25-year-old, who walked in his fourth plate appearance and struck out in his fifth Saturday, has six home runs and nine RBIs during a phenomenal four-game run. Cincinnati has won five of its last six games and 10 of 14 to get within 4 1/2 games of a wild-card spot. The Reds will try to inch closer Sunday behind ace Luis Castillo, who opposes veteran Jon Lester for the Cubs. Chicago saw its lead in the NL Central cut to 1 1/2 games following Saturday's result, which left it 22-35 on the road.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (9-8, 4.39 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (11-4, 2.63)
After tossing seven scoreless innings at Milwaukee on July 27, Lester has been knocked around in back-to-back starts. He first allowed five runs over five innings at St. Louis before getting rocked for a career high-tying 11 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in four frames against Oakland. The 35-year-old took a loss at Cincinnati earlier in the year.
Castillo will be making his fifth consecutive start at home and trying to duplicate his most recent outing in which he fanned 13 in seven strong innings to defeat the Los Angeles Angels. The Dominican Republic native is 4-2 with a 3.49 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs after defeating them twice this year.
I look for the Reds to stay hot at home.
|08-10-19||Nationals v. Mets -118||Top||3-4||Win||100||7 h 39 m||Show|
The New York Mets are trying to prove themselves against tougher competition this weekend and passed the first test with a walk-off victory on Friday. The Mets will try to make it eight consecutive victories and fight off the pack in the National League wild-card race when they host the Washington Nationals in the second of a three-game series on Saturday.
New York won 13 of 14 against sub-.500 teams to join the wild-card race and began a stretch with 31 of 34 against teams with current winning records by scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth on Friday, with Todd Frazier's three-run blast tying the game and Michael Conforto's RBI single chasing in the winning run in a 7-6 triumph.
The win pulled the Mets into a virtual three-way tie with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card - 1 1/2 games behind the wild card-leading Nationals.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals LH Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. Mets RH Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.96)
Corbin had a string of eight straight starts allowing three or fewer earned runs come to an end when he was knocked around for five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings at Arizona on Sunday without factoring in the decision. The 30-year-old surrendered a total of four runs in his three previous outings and last suffered a loss at the Chicago White Sox on June 11. Corbin is 2-2 in four starts against the Mets this season but both losses came at New York, where he allowed a total of seven runs and 12 hits - five homers - in 11 innings.
Syndergaard is enjoying a string of five straight quality starts and scattered one run and three hits across seven innings to earn a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The 26-year-old Texan did not yield a home run in any of his last five turns and owns 39 strikeouts over 35 1/3 innings in that span. Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 20 innings in three starts against Washington this season.
Nationals are 2-6 in Corbins last 8 road starts and are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in New York. Mets are 5-1 in Syndergaards last 6 starts vs. National League East.
Take the Mets at home.
|08-09-19||Indians -140 v. Twins||Top||6-2||Win||100||8 h 22 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians were 11 1/2 games back in the American League Central on June 3 but have a chance to tie for first place on Friday as they visit the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The Indians held on for a 7-5 victory in the series opener, improving to 40-16 in their last 56 contests and 19-6 since losing the first two games after the All-Star break to the Twins at home.
The Twins are 4-3 on their 10-game homestand, giving up a total of 30 runs in three straight losses, while slugger Nelson Cruz (32 homers) is day-to-day after leaving Thursday’s game with a strained left wrist.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Shane Bieber (11-4, 3.31 ERA) vs. Twins LH Devin Smeltzer (1-1, 2.28)
Smeltzer has worked at least six innings in each of his first three major-league starts after limiting Kansas City to two hits and a walk over six scoreless frames on Sunday. The 23-year-old native of New Jersey suffered his only loss on June 4 against the Indians as he yielded five runs and five hits (four homers) over 6 1/3 innings.
Indians are 12-2 in their last 14 road games and are 16-5 in Biebers last 21 road starts.
Back Cleveland tonight to grab a first place tie with the Twins.
|08-09-19||Braves -134 v. Marlins||Top||8-4||Win||100||7 h 23 m||Show|
The Miami Marlins endured a miserable week and have been pounded by the Atlanta Braves all season, but they enter the second contest of their four-game set at home on Friday having snapped their six-game losing streak while exacting some revenge against the National League East leaders. The Marlins routed Atlanta 9-2 in the series opener for just their third victory in 13 meetings this season as Brian Anderson recorded his first career multi-homer performance while driving in three runs.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (6-7, 3.46 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Caleb Smith (7-5, 3.35)
Smith missed a month with left hip inflammation but has continued his strong season since returning in early July, limiting opponents to a .194 batting average while going 4-1 with a 3.25 ERA in six starts. The 28-year-old suffered his first loss in that span Sunday at Tampa Bay despite allowing only one earned run over five innings. Smith, who is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in eight home starts, has surrendered six earned runs and nine hits while recording 13 strikeouts over 12 frames in two starts against Atlanta this season.
Back the Braves on the highway.
|08-07-19||A's v. Cubs -137||Top||1-10||Win||100||4 h 55 m||Show|
The Oakland Athletics have enjoyed hitting at Wrigley Field the last two days and hope to leave the legendary park with a series victory when they visit the Chicago Cubs for the finale of a three-game set on Wednesday afternoon. The Athletics launched three homers in the series-opening 6-5 loss before scoring eight times in the second inning Tuesday en route to an 11-4 victory.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Homer Bailey (9-7, 5.20 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jose Quintana (9-7, 4.40)
Quintana is unbeaten in his last six starts after notching his fifth win during that stretch last Friday against Milwaukee when he permitted two runs across six innings. The 30-year-old Colombian, who is 6-4 with a 4.46 ERA at home this year, has not been dominant despite his record of late - giving up 10 runs over 15 2/3 innings in his past three outings. Marcus Semien is 5-for-8 with two doubles against Quintana, who is 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA in five career starts versus Oakland.
Take the Cubs at home.
|08-02-19||Mets -110 v. Pirates||Top||4-8||Loss||-110||8 h 22 m||Show|
The New York Mets are the hottest team in baseball and have a chance to continue their momentum when they square off against the team mired in the worst slump in the majors. Winners of a season-high seven in a row, the Mets will continue their six-game road trip with the first of three against the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
The Pirates have dropped 10 of 11 and lost six straight series, including a three-game sweep by the Mets last weekend. Pittsburgh, which is 3-16 since the All-Star break, learned Thursday that three players -- pitchers Keona Kela (10 games) and Kyle Crick (three) and infielder Jose Osuna (five) -- were suspended by Major League Baseball for their roles in a brawl Tuesday, although they are all appealing the bans.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets LH Steven Matz (6-6, 4.32 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.87)
Williams turned in a strong performance last time out but came out on the short end of a decision against Matz and the Mets after giving up three runs and four hits over a season-high tying seven innings. It marked only the second quality start in the last 10 outings for the 27-year-old, who won 14 games a year ago and beat the Mets with six scoreless innings. Michael Conforto is 4-for-8 with a homer off Williams, who is allowing left-handed hitters to bat .329 against him.
Mets are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter and are 6-1 in Matzs last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. Pirates are 1-8 in their last 9 games following a loss and are 1-4 in Williams' last 5 starts. Mets are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Mets stay hot and I’ll back them on the road.
|07-31-19||Astros v. Indians +134||Top||4-10||Win||134||8 h 55 m||Show|
The Houston Astros look to get another strong performance from a starting pitcher as Jose Urquidy takes the mound in the second contest of a three-game set against the host Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Justin Verlander tossed seven scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts in Tuesday’s 2-0 series-opening victory as Houston starting pitchers improved to 10-0 with a 1.30 ERA over the last 12 contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Jose Urquidy (1-0, 4.26 ERA) vs. Indians RH Zach Plesac (5-3, 3.10)
Plesac has been outstanding in his last three trips to the mound, permitting a total of three runs (two earned) on 10 hits over 16 innings with 11 strikeouts and five walks. The Ball State product earned wins in his last two games - both against Kansas City - after pitching three hitless innings before a rain delay ended his outing July 16 versus Detroit. Plesac is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA in five home starts at Progressive Field.
Indians are 12-3 in their last 15 games following a loss and are 4-0 in Plesacs last 4 starts.
Take the Indians at home.
|07-31-19||Rays +133 v. Red Sox||Top||8-5||Win||133||8 h 55 m||Show|
Offense has not been the calling card for the Tampa Bay Rays this season but the bats have come alive during their current six-game road trip. After coming from behind for the second straight game, Tampa Bay will look to post its second straight series win when it resumes a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Andrew Kittredge (1-0, 3.05 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (9-7, 5.55)
Porcello improved to 4-0 in July last time out, posting his only quality start of the month by holding the New York Yankees to three runs and six hits over six innings. He is unbeaten over his last five turns mainly because Boston's offense has amassed a staggering 69 runs during that turn. Garcia is 11-for-27 and Matt Duffy 9-for-21 against Porcello, who fell to 14-11 with a 3.50 ERA against the Rays after allowing four runs over six innings on June 7 at Fenway.
Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East. Red Sox are 0-4 in Porcellos last 4 starts with 5 days of rest.
Rays are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and I’ll back them as the underdog.
|07-30-19||Astros -127 v. Indians||Top||2-0||Win||100||7 h 6 m||Show|
The Houston Astros and host Cleveland Indians are putting their best foot (arm?) forward to begin their three-game series on Tuesday, with the visitors sending Justin Verlander to the mound to oppose fellow right-hander Shane Bieber. Verlander has surrendered just four earned runs during his three-start winning streak while Bieber is coming off his second complete game of the season.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Justin Verlander (13-4, 2.86 ERA) vs. Indians RH Shane Bieber (10-3, 3.44)
Bieber improved to 4-0 in his last five starts after permitting just one hit while striking out 10 in a 4-0 win at Toronto on Wednesday. The 24-year-old became the youngest Indians pitcher to throw a shutout while surrendering no more than one hit and striking out at least 10 since a then-22-year-old Dennis Eckersley no-hit the Angels in 1977, per MLB.com. Bieber received a no-decision against Houston after yielding three runs on as many hits in six innings on April 27.
Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record and are 23-5 in Verlanders last 28 road starts.
Back the Astros on the road.
|07-30-19||Braves -101 v. Nationals||Top||11-8||Win||100||7 h 3 m||Show|
Anthony Rendon will be one of the top targets on the free-agent market this winter, but the Washington Nationals' third baseman hopes to make what might be his final season in the nation’s capital with a bang entering the middle contest of a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves. Rendon blasted a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning of Monday’s series-opening 6-3 victory that pulled the Nationals within 4 1/2 games of Atlanta in the National League East standings.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (5-7, 3.42 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.40)
Teheran shook off an inconsistent April and has been brilliant in 15 starts since May 5, pitching to a 2.49 ERA while allowing two earned runs or fewer in 13 of those outings with a 2.49 ERA and a .203 batting average against in that span. The Braves are 11-4 in those starts, but their defense let down the 28-year-old in a 2-0 loss Wednesday to Kansas City, as Teheran gave up two unearned runs on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Teheran, who has a 1.14 ERA in four starts this month, allowed one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings on July 19 against the Nationals
With staff ace Max Scherzer placed on the injured list Monday with a mild rhomboid strain, Washington recalled Fedde from Double-A Harrisburg to make his ninth start and 14th appearance of the season.
Braves are 6-1 in Teherans last 7 starts vs. National League East. Nationals are 1-6 in Feddes last 7 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
|07-30-19||Giants +119 v. Phillies||Top||2-4||Loss||-100||7 h 2 m||Show|
The San Francisco Giants have won 19 of their last 24 games to insert themselves into wild-card discussion in the National League. The surging Giants aim to improve their standing in the conversation on Tuesday when they open a three-game series against the host Philadelphia Phillies.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Phillies LH Drew Smyly (1-5, 7.69)
Smyly earned himself a second start after his dazzling debut with Philadelphia in which he allowed one run while striking out eight in six innings of a no-decision July 21. The 30-year-old kept the ball in the park in that game after surrendering 13 homers in his previous six contests with Texas.
Giants are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter and are 4-0 in Beedes last 4 road starts. Phillies are 5-11 in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning record and are 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win.
The Giants on the road are the play.
|07-26-19||Giants +131 v. Padres||Top||2-1||Win||131||11 h 36 m||Show|
The San Francisco Giants appeared left for dead in the playoff chase at the end of last month, but they have turned things around by winning 16 of 20 in July, a stretch that began with a three-game sweep in San Diego. San Francisco looks to continue its drive for a wild-card spot when it visits the Padres in the opener of a three-game set on Friday night.
The red-hot tear has muddled the trade deadline plans of the Giants, who have won five straight in the series and piled up 30 runs in the sweep at the start of the month.
San Diego is trying to stay within striking distance of the second wild card after losing nine of 12 coming out of the All-Star break. The Padres wrapped up a 3-6 road trip with a 4-0 loss at the New York Mets on Thursday and must turn things around at Petco Park, where they have dropped seven games in a row.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (7-8, 4.08 ERA) vs. Padres LH Joey Lucchesi (7-5, 4.27)
Lucchesi is coming off his worst start since he was shelled for seven runs by San Francisco on April 9, lasting 4 1/3 innings and giving up six runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. That halted a stretch of 12 consecutive starts with at least five innings pitched for the 26-year-old, who gave up three runs (two earned) over six frames in a loss at San Francisco on June 12.
Giants are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. National League West and are 4-0 in Samardzijas last 4 road starts. Padres are 1-7 in their last 8 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Giants are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and take another game from the Padres.
|07-26-19||Rockies v. Reds -129||Top||12-2||Loss||-129||7 h 5 m||Show|
The Cincinnati Reds entered the All-Star break with plenty of promise before dropping two of three against the Colorado Rockies to ignite a stretch in which they have lost eight of their last 13 contests. The Reds bid to get back on track Friday as they play the opener of a three-game series versus the Rockies.
Joey Votto is riding a hot bat as the former National League MVP had a run-scoring single in Cincinnati's 5-4 setback to Milwaukee on Wednesday to give him 10 hits and six RBIs in his last seven games. Votto is 2-for-3 in his career versus Friday starter German Marquez
The Rockies appeared headed to their 10th loss in 11 games before Ian Desmond and Daniel Murphy burned their former team in the ninth inning of an 8-7 victory over Washington on Thursday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (9-5, 4.99 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (9-3, 2.36)
Marquez posted his first win in nearly a month after allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings of an 8-4 victory at the New York Yankees on Sunday. The 24-year-old Venezuelan continues to be haunted by the long ball as he surrendered a pair of solo shots versus the Yankees to raise his home run total to 13 in his last 10 starts. Derek Dietrich (4-for-8) and Yasiel Puig (3-for-11) have each gone deep in their careers against Marquez.
Castillo continued his stellar performances at Great American Ball Park on Saturday after allowing one run on five hits in six innings versus St. Louis. While the 26-year-old settled for a no-decision in that contest, Castillo has given the fans a thrill by posting a 5-2 mark with a 1.67 ERA in 11 home starts while limiting the opposition to a .155 batting average.
Rockies are 2-8 in their last 10 road games and are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. Reds are 4-1 in Castillos last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
Take the Reds at home behind a solid performance from Castillo.
|07-25-19||Indians -142 v. Royals||Top||5-4||Win||100||8 h 28 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians look to continue their torrid performance when they open a four-game set against the host Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Cleveland has won nine of its past 11 games and 30 of its last 42 to move a season-high 17 games above .500.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Adam Plutko (3-2, 4.81 ERA) vs. Royals LH Mike Montgomery (1-3, 6.83)
Montgomery lost to Cleveland in his team debut Friday when he was pummeled for five runs and six hits in two-plus innings of a 10-5 setback. The 30-year-old made 20 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs prior to the recent trade and Thursday's starting assignment will be the 58th of his five-year career. Montgomery is 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in six career appearances (one start) against the Indians.
Indians are 8-1 in their last 9 road games and are 5-1 in Plutkos last 6 starts. Royals are 15-42 in their last 57 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Indians take it on the road.
|07-20-19||Royals v. Indians -162||Top||1-0||Loss||-162||8 h 35 m||Show|
The Cleveland Indians are taking advantage of the bottom two teams in the American League Central this week and look to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The Indians took four straight from last-place Detroit to open the week and recorded 16 hits en route to a 10-5 victory Friday to open a three-game set with the Royals.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals RH Jakob Junis (5-8, 5.08 ERA) vs. Indians RH Adam Plutko (3-1, 5.40)
Plutko recorded his fourth straight no-decision Monday when he permitted five runs on seven hits (three homers) over 5 1/3 innings of an eventual 8-6 win against Detroit. The 27-year-old UCLA product was 3-1 with three quality starts in his first four major-league outings this season. Merrifield has a homer against Plutko, who yielded one run on one hit June 24 versus the Royals before his outing was shortened to four innings by a rain delay.
Not normal for me to lay the big price but it’s worth it with the Hot Indians vs. the lowly Royals.
|07-20-19||Mets v. Giants -140||Top||11-4||Loss||-140||4 h 29 m||Show|
After pulling even at .500 for the first time since Opening Day, the San Francisco Giants now are in prime position to make a run at the second wild-card spot in the National League. The Giants carry a season-high seven-game winning streak into Saturday afternoon’s contest against the visiting New York Mets, who have scored a total of two runs in the first two games of the series.
San Francisco rallied for a 3-2, 16-inning victory in the opener before escaping with a 1-0 win on Friday, when Alex Dickerson scored from first base on left fielder Dominic Smith's error with two outs in the 10th frame.
The Mets are nine games under .500 after losing two straight following a four-game winning streak. Rookie Pete Alonso leads the team with 32 home runs and 72 RBIs but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s loss and might be due for a day off after participating in last week’s All-Star events.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Walker Lockett (0-1, 11.74 ERA) vs. Giants RH Jeff Samardzija (7-7, 3.93)
Samardzija won his third straight start on Monday, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings versus Colorado. The 34-year-old native of Indiana posted a 5.93 ERA over five starts in June but has allowed four runs over 21 2/3 frames in three turns this month.
San Francisco’s 27-15 record since June 1 is third-best in the NL behind Washington (27-12) and Atlanta (29-13).
Mets are 3-10 in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Giants are 6-0 in their last 6 games following a win. Giants are 11-5 in their last 16 games with Hoye behind home plate.
Giants keep their streak going.
|07-19-19||Brewers -129 v. Diamondbacks||Top||7-10||Loss||-129||10 h 26 m||Show|
The Milwaukee Brewers turned it on late in the series opener and maintained their hold on the second wild-card spot in the National League. Milwaukee attempts to make it four wins in a row on Friday, when it visits the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second contest of their four-game set.
Orlando Arcia drove in one run and scored another during a three-run eighth inning on Thursday as the Brewers posted a 5-1 victory to remain one-half game ahead of both St. Louis and Philadelphia for the second wild card.
Milwaukee has outscored its opponents 23-6 during its winning streak. Arizona managed only one run and seven hits after a two-game sweep at Texas as it suffered its third loss in five contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (3-9, 5.18 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Taylor Clarke (2-3, 6.21)
Clarke is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list, where he has been since July 3 due to lower back inflammation, and make his 10th start of the season - and his career. The 26-year-old rookie from Virginia exited his outing against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on July 2 with the injury after yielding three runs on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Clarke, who never has faced Milwaukee, has posted a 6.92 ERA in three starts at home as opposed to a 5.90 mark in six turns and one relief appearance on the road.
Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. Diamondbacks are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series. Brewers are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Brewers are the play on the road.
|07-19-19||Cardinals -103 v. Reds||Top||12-11||Win||100||8 h 56 m||Show|
Only 2 1/2 games separated the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central coming out of the All-Star break, but things could not have unfolded much differently for the two division rivals since. The Cardinals hope to continue their second-half surge on Friday when they visit the Reds for the second of four games in Cincinnati.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (6-7, 3.99 ERA) vs. Reds RH Tyler Mahle (2-10, 4.82)
Despite not giving up a home run for the first time in five trips to the mound, Mahle was charged with a career-high 10 runs (six earned) on 12 hits over 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's loss at Colorado. The 24-year-old has only managed two quality starts during his seven-game winless streak, going 0-5 with a 5.80 ERA. Jose Martinez (5-for-9) has feasted on Mahle, who was tagged for five runs over as many frames in a loss to the Cardinals on April 27.
Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. Reds are 0-5 in Mahles last 5 starts vs. National League Central. Cardinals are 14-4 in the last 18 meetings in Cincinnati.
Let’s back the Cardinals in Cincinnati as the play of the day!
|07-19-19||Phillies -105 v. Pirates||Top||6-1||Win||100||8 h 50 m||Show|
The Philadelphia Phillies have rallied to two wins in their last three contests to salvage a four-game split against the best team in the National League. The Phillies hope that momentum travels well as they head west through the Keystone State to open a three-game series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh comes in having lost five of six since the All-Star break.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.54 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jordan Lyles (5-6, 5.16)
Lyles owns a 0-5 mark in his last six outings and a bloated 10.13 ERA in his last seven after getting blitzed for seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in a 10-4 setback at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The 28-year-old has allowed eight homers in his last six trips to the mound and four walks in two of his last four outings. Jean Segura is 6-for-15 against Lyles.
Phillies are 4-0 in Arrietas last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. Pirates are 0-6 in Lyles' last 6 starts. Phillies are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Take Philadelphia on the road.
|07-15-19||White Sox -115 v. Royals||Top||2-5||Loss||-115||8 h 53 m||Show|
The Chicago White Sox hoped to emerge from the All-Star break with enough of a push to remain factors in the American League wild-card race. Instead, the White Sox were swept over the weekend in Oakland and will have to hit the reset button when they begin a four-game series at the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
The White Sox, who are 8 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot, have won eight of the last 10 against the Royals and will try to stay in charge of the season series behind All-Star Lucas Giolito on Monday. He'll face a Kansas City lineup that produced eight runs - two on the 25th home run of the season by Jorge Soler - in a loss to Detroit on Sunday. Six Royals pitchers combined to allow 12 runs on 19 hits and the club will hope for some length out of Monday's starter Jakob Junis.
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (11-3, 3.15 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jakob Junis (4-8, 5.33)
Junis is winless over his last seven starts, although he was solid in a no-decision at Washington on July 7. The Illinois native held the Nationals to two runs over seven innings while striking out six. He opened his season with a win over the White Sox at home and is 2-1 with a 5.34 ERA in five career meetings.
White Sox are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. American League Central and are 5-0 in Giolitos last 5 starts vs. American League Central. Royals are 1-5 in Junis' last 6 home starts. White Sox are 8-2 in Giolitos last 10 starts vs. Royals.
Play Chicago on the road.
|07-15-19||Rays v. Yankees -143||Top||5-4||Loss||-143||7 h 43 m||Show|
The Tampa Bay Rays still hope to track down the New York Yankees in the American League East and performing well in a four-game series this week would put them in a much better position. The Rays will try to knock one game off their deficit in the American League East when they visit the Yankees on Monday in the opener of the set.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays LH Blake Snell (5-7, 4.70 ERA) vs. Yankees LH James Paxton (5-4, 4.01)
Paxton had his own struggles with consistency in the first half but was sharp at Tampa Bay on July 7, when he allowed two runs over six innings while striking out 11. The Canada native allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last six outings but was ripped for six runs in each of the other two turns. Paxton is better at home, where he owns a 3.26 ERA in eight starts while limiting opponents to a .217 batting average.
Rays are 1-4 in Snells last 5 starts with 8 or more days of rest and are 1-4 in Snells last 5 starts on grass. Yankees are 17-4 in their last 21 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game and are 6-1 in Paxtons last 7 home starts. Rays are 2-8 in Snells last 10 road starts vs. Yankees.
Lay the price with the Yankees at home.
|07-12-19||Braves -103 v. Padres||Top||5-3||Win||100||10 h 55 m||Show|
The All-Star break came at the right time for Fernando Tatis Jr., as the San Diego Padres rookie shortstop used the four days off to rest a sore left elbow in advance of Friday’s home series opener against the Atlanta Braves. Hit on the elbow by a pitch Saturday, Tatis responded Sunday by becoming the youngest Padre to record a multi-homer game with two longballs, the 13th and 14th homers of the season for the 20-year-old who is hitting .327 with a 1.013 OPS.
While the Padres have won three in a row following a five-game losing streak, Atlanta begins the second half six games up in the NL East after winning 24 of its past 34 games dating to June 1.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves LH Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.60 ERA) vs. Padres RH Dinelson Lamet (0-1, 5.40)
Lamet gets his second start since returning to the majors for the first time since 2017 on July 4, when he allowed three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in five innings of a loss to the Dodgers. The 26-year-old went 7-8 with a 4.57 ERA in 21 starts two seasons ago, averaging 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, before missing all of last season after injuring his elbow late in spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery. Lamet gave up 16 runs on 21 hits with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings across six minor-league rehab starts.
Braves are 13-3 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and are 18-8 in their last 26 road games. Padres are 1-11 in Lamets last 12 starts vs. a team with a winning record and are 0-8 in Lamets last 8 starts.
I see real value on Atlanta on the road tonight!
|07-05-19||Yankees -112 v. Rays||Top||8-4||Win||100||7 h 44 m||Show|
The New York Yankees took a bit of a circuitous route to their 15th win in 17 outings, but a five-run 10th inning in the series opener allowed the club to build a season-high 7 1/2-game lead atop the American League East. The Yankees aim to continue their torrid stretch on Friday when they play the second contest of their four-game set against the host Tampa Bay Rays.
After New York squandered a ninth-inning lead, DJ LeMahieu had a two-run single in the 10th and fellow All-Star Gary Sanchez followed two batters later with a mammoth three-run homer into the second deck in Thursday's 8-4 victory. The Yankees have won eight of 10 meetings with the Rays this season, averaging 6.0 runs and belting 15 homers while recording a 2.70 ERA as opposed to Tampa Bay's 5.08 ERA in the series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.74 ERA) vs. Rays LH Brendan McKay (1-0, 0.00)
McKay made quite the major league debut on Saturday as the 23-year-old retired the first 16 batters he faced before exiting after allowing one hit over six shutout innings in a 5-2 victory over Texas.
Yankees are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. Rays are 1-9 in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games with Lentz behind home plate.
Load up on the Yankees at this very cheap price!
|07-04-19||Angels v. Rangers -114||Top||3-9||Win||100||9 h 1 m||Show|
The Los Angeles Angels have responded with back-to-back stellar efforts following the death of Tyler Skaggs, and they look to complete a three-game sweep of the host Texas Rangers on Thursday. The series was shortened from four to three games when Skaggs tragically passed away on Monday, and Los Angeles has overcome the adversity with 9-4 and 6-2 victories.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Griffin Canning (3-4, 3.79 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Lance Lynn (10-4, 4.00)
Lynn has won three consecutive turns and four straight decisions over a six-start stretch. The 32-year-old was superb in his last effort as he registered 10 strikeouts and scattered three hits over eight innings in a 5-0 triumph over Tampa Bay. Lynn is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Angels this season.
Back the Rangers.
|07-04-19||Twins -135 v. A's||Top||2-7||Loss||-135||5 h 2 m||Show|
The Minnesota Twins avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season and now look to break even on their six-game road trip when they visit the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon for the rubber match of their three-game series. Mitch Garver delivered his second RBI single of the contest in the 12th inning as Minnesota rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 4-3 victory on Wednesday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jose Berrios (8-4, 2.89 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Tanner Anderson (0-3, 7.13)
Anderson remains in search of his first win of 2019 as he makes his fifth start of the season. The 26-year-old Floridian is coming off his shortest turn, a 2 2/3-inning road outing against the Los Angeles Angels in which he surrendered seven runs and eight hits. Anderson, who never has faced Minnesota, has worked a total of 6 2/3 frames over his last two starts and has yet to last six this year.
Twins are 11-3 in their last 14 vs. American League West and are 6-1 in Berrios' last 7 road starts. Athletics are 0-4 in Andersons last 4 starts.
Take the Twins on the road.
|07-03-19||Cubs v. Pirates +122||Top||5-6||Win||122||7 h 52 m||Show|
Adam Frazier has made himself at home in the leadoff spot, following up a five-hit performance that included a majors' record-tying four doubles by going 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and three runs scored. Frazier and the Pittsburgh Pirates aim to continue their torrid ways on Wednesday when they play the third contest of a four-game series versus the visiting Chicago Cubs.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Yu Darvish (2-4, 4.98 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chris Archer (3-6, 5.50)
Archer saw his winless stretch extend to four straight outings as he received a no-decision at Milwaukee on Friday after exiting the contest with discomfort in his left hip. The 30-year-old has pitched significantly better in the Steel City, posting a 3-3 mark with a 3.89 ERA as opposed to an 0-3 record with a 7.89 ERA away from home. Javier Baez is 5-for-9 in his career against Archer, who owns a 2-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA in four career starts versus the Cubs.
Cubs are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and are 1-4 in Darvishs last 5 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. Pirates are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter and are 5-1 in Archers last 6 starts.
I’ll feel the Pirates should be the small favorite so I’ll gladly back them as an underdog.
|07-02-19||Brewers v. Reds -102||Top||4-5||Win||100||7 h 4 m||Show|
Christian Yelich set a franchise record by belting his 30th homer prior to the All-Star break after going deep in the series opener against the host Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The reigning National League Most Valuable Player, who homered twice against the Reds in teams' previous series from June 20-23, will look to continue his good fortune on Tuesday as the division rivals reconvene for the second contest of their four-game set.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Chase Anderson (4-2, 4.42 ERA) vs. Reds RH Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.36)
Roark allowed just one run in his second straight start but settled for a no-decision after yielding four hits in 5 1/3 innings at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The 32-year-old surrendered a solo homer in that contest as well as another while yielding three hits on June 20, but he snapped a three-game skid with the win over the Brewers. Roark, who has flustered Lorenzo Cain (2-for-13), owns a 5-2 record with a 2.82 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 10 career appearances (nine starts) versus Milwaukee.
Reds 1B Joey Votto has collected nine hits and scored eight runs versus Milwaukee this season.
Brewers are 2-6 in Andersons last 8 starts with 4 days of rest. Reds are 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
The Reds are the play at home.
|06-28-19||Cubs -115 v. Reds||Top||3-6||Loss||-115||7 h 55 m||Show|
The Chicago Cubs hit the midway point of the season on a high note, sitting atop the National League Central after squeezing out a dramatic win to earn a split of a four-game series against Atlanta. However, the Cubs have struggled away from home and will try to reverse that trend when they open a nine-game road trip at the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
The Reds were on a tear with six consecutive victories, only to follow it by dropping the final four games of their road trip to remain anchored in the NL Central basement.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.92 ERA) vs. Reds RH Sonny Gray (3-5, 4.03)
Hamels has yet to face the Reds this season but he has dominated them throughout his career, owning an 11-1 record and 1.91 ERA in 17 starts while winning four of five decisions at Great American Ball Park. Although he is coming off back-to-back no-decisions, the 35-year-old has been superb this month with five straight quality starts, working at least seven innings in each and posting a 1.00 ERA.
Gray has tailed off a bit since closing last month by allowing one run in back-to-back victories, going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts in June and lasting 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee last time out. The 29-year-old has make it through six innings only twice in his last 11 turns, including a start versus Chicago on May 15 in which he gave up three runs and five hits (two homers) over five frames.
Cubs are 11-4 in Hamels' last 15 starts. Reds are 0-6 in their last 6 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Take the Cubs as today’s best bet.
|06-26-19||Rangers -102 v. Tigers||Top||4-1||Win||100||8 h 7 m||Show|
The Texas Rangers are unbeaten (5-0-3) in their last eight series and can clinch another win when they continue a three-game set at the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Every starter had at least one hit as the Rangers took the opener 5-3 on Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory.
The Texas Rangers are unbeaten (5-0-3) in their last eight series and can clinch another win when they continue a three-game set at the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Every starter had at least one hit as the Rangers took the opener 5-3 on Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory.
Mike Minor, who entered the week second in the American League in ERA at 2.52, will try to keep Detroit's bats quiet when he starts Wednesday for the Rangers. Fellow left-hander Matthew Boyd gets the nod for the Tigers, who have also dropped five in a row at home.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Mike Minor (7-4, 2.52 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (5-5, 3.61)
Minor's phenomenal first half continued with eight solid innings in a win over Cleveland on Thursday, which left him 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four June starts. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 11 consecutive starts.
Boyd remained winless in four June starts after giving up five runs over six innings at Cleveland on Friday. He served up a career high-tying three home runs in that contest and has allowed six over his last three outings. The Oregon State product was rocked for seven runs across four innings against the Rangers last season and is 1-5 with a 6.54 ERA in six career matchups.
Rangers are 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Detroit and I’ll back them as today’s best play.
|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.
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