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John Maine and the division-leading New York Mets will be taking on the Chicago Cubs in one of Saturday’s marquee baseball matchups. Here is your MLB Gameday . . .
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics, 3:55pm ET
Kelvim Escobar (11-5, 2.87 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (8-8, 3.82 ERA)
Escobar has gone at least seven innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last five starts, but he’s 2-2 with a no-decision over that span. Against the A’s on July 24 the righthander took the loss after allowing three earned runs over seven innings. Against the M’s last time out Escobar allowed two earned runs in eight innings.
Blanton picked up a win over the Blue Jays on July 3, but he’s gone 0-4 with a no-decision in his five outings since then. The righthander was roughed up for five earned runs on 11 hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Angels on July 25, and he gave up five earned runs on nine hits over 6 2-3 innings last time out versus the Tigers.
New York Mets at Chicago Cubs, 3:55pm ET
John Maine (12-5, 2.92 ERA) vs. Ted Lilly (11-5, 3.60 ERA)
Maine is coming off a complete-game one-hitter versus the Nationals – which was called in the fifth inning due to rain. That easy win boosted the righthander’s season total to 12, and he’s 3-1 with a no-decision over his past five starts. In his last full outing, vs. the Pirates on July 24, Maine gave up two earned runs on five hits in seven innings.
Lilly had his six-game winning streak stopped by the Phillies last time out – he gave up four earned runs on seven hits over five innings in that contest. In his other five outings in the month of July the lefthander gave up more than one earned run only once, and his record is now 11-5 on the season. Lilly has struck out 111 and walked 35 this year.
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers, 7:05pm ET
Javier Vazquez (8-6, 3.63 ERA) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (10-3, 4.33 ERA)
Vazquez went 4-1 with a no-decision for the White Sox in July, allowing more than three earned runs in an outing only once. Against the Tigers on July 24 the righthander got the win after allowing three earned runs on only four hits over eight innings. Last time out, against the Blue Jays, Vazquez gave up just two earned runs but still look the loss.
Bonderman was only 2-2 with two no-decisions for the Tigers in July, and he hasn’t picked up a victory since beating the Mariners on July 13. Against the White Sox on July 24 the righthander was knocked around for five earned runs over seven innings. Last time out, against the Angels, Bonderman allowed 10 earned runs in just 2 1-3 innings.
Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners, 10:05pm Et
Daisuke Matsuzaka (12-8, 3.75 ERA) vs. Jarrod Washburn (8-7, 4.11 ERA)
Dice-K was a hard-luck loser last time out, as he limited the D-Rays to just two earned runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings of work. The righthander is now 12-8 on the season, and he went 3-3 during the month of July. Matsuzaka’s last win came on July 24, when he blanked the Indians on four hits and three walks (while fanning five) in seven innings.
Washburn hasn’t picked up a win for the Mariners since July 4, when he tossed eight shutout innings against the Royals. Since that outing the lefthander has allowed 15 earned runs on 28 hits in just 23 innings of work, and he’s fallen to 8-7 on the season. Last time out, against the Athletics, Washburn allowed three earned runs in five innings.
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