Frank Doyle previews the week’s baseball action, featuring Tampa Bay at Cleveland, Philly at Florida and Zack Greinke’s Miller Park debut!
Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays. Justin Verlander’s no-hitter on Saturday topped off what’s been a pretty good week for the Tigers. They’re trying to win the series in Toronto tonight when Max Scherzer, 5-0, 3.15 ERA, pitches against the Blue Jays’ Brandon Morrow, 1-1, 3.06 ERA.
Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox. Boston’s offense is showing signs of life. The Sox are favorites to sweep the struggling Twins at Fenway tonight.
Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers. If the A’s had hitting to match pitching they’d be some baseball team. They’re still a good baseball betting option this week at Texas.
Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox won at Seattle but they won’t find things so easy at the Angels.
Kansas City Royals at New York Yankees (starting tomorrow). Kansas City is beginning to struggle while Derek Jeter hitting homers again sees the Yankees return to the Bronx with a feeling of all being right with the world.
Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles (starting tomorrow). Seattle has been good on the road recently, and the Mariners send Michael Pineda, 4-2, 2.58 ERA to the hill tomorrow. Pineda got chased last time out at Texas – generally, that just makes 6’7”, 260 pound guys kind of mean.
Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians (starting tomorrow). Here’s a series. Cleveland is 13-2 at home, the Rays are 11-4 on the road and haven’t lost on the road since April 10 at the ChiSox.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates. Andre Ethier’s streak ended at 30. The Pirates, while not a good team, aren’t as bad as you might think. More bad news for Donnie Baseball?
Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Marlins. The Phillies stuttered on offense at home to Atlanta over the weekend, and now they have to visit Florida, which is only two games behind Philadelphia in the NL East. Highlight of the series is tomorrow night, when the Phillies’ Roy Halladay, 5-1, 2.19 ERA, faces the Marlins’ Josh Johnson, 3-1, 1.68 ERA. Johnson lost his first game of the year at St Louis last Thursday so he’s either been found out or else he’s going to be throwing comets. Essential baseball.
Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros. Joey Votto failed to get on base for the first time, either through hits, walks or being struck by a pitch, yesterday at Wrigley. He’s unlikely to experience this problem at Houston.
San Diego Padres at Milwaukee Brewers. Tonight is a huge game for the Brewers. Their signing of Zach Greinke was one of the trades of the summer but he only lasted four innings of getting blasted at Atlanta last week. Greinke’s home debut is tonight. No pressure then.
New York Mets at Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have started to tank while the Mets did well over the weekend. The Rockies are only 7-6 at Coors Field this year. More good times for the Mets?
Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (starting tomorrow). Braves.
St Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (starting tomorrow). The great Midwestern rivalry. The Cubs are four games behind the Cards in the Central, and that’s where they’ll stay. The Pujols issue isn’t bothering them even vaguely.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants. San Francisco swept the Rockies at home over the weekend. They’ll do the same to the snakes.