The New York Yankees can complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. In the wake of yesterday’s triumph, the Bronx Bombers have moved to two games above .500 for the first time since April 12.
The Orioles are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games on the road against the Yankees.
The Orioles are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games with Chris Tillman as the starting pitcher.
The Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last five games on Thursday.
Chris Tillman and CC Sabathia are the probable starters. Tillman (13-2, 3.29 ERA) owns a miniscule 1.29 ERA in three July starts, permitting 12 hits over 21 innings during that span. Sabathia (5-7, 3.94) turns 36 today and will be looking to make it a festive occasion. The veteran has given up five home runs while going 0-3 over his last five starts.
When these teams collide, low-scoring affairs tend to follow. In the last four matchups between the clubs, the UNDER is 4-0.
The Detroit Tigers are trying to stay close to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central race, and a four-game series with the division rival Chicago White Sox could go a long way to bolstering their win total as the calendar reaches late July.
The Tigers are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against their division.
The total has gone OVER in nine of the Tigers' last 12 games after losing as a favorite.
The total has gone UNDER in six of the Tigers' last eight games as underdogs against the White Sox.
Mike Pelfrey and James Shields will take the hill for their respective clubs. Pelfrey (2-9, 4.95 ERA) has been awful on the road, going 0-6 in nine starts away from home this year. Pelfrey is 1-5 with a 5.81 ERA lifetime against the ChiSox.
Shields (4-11, 5.10) has a 1.91 ERA over his last four outings while allowing two or fewer runs in each. “Big Game James” is 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers have had Chicago’s number lately, claiming five out of the last seven clashes between the teams.
It’s a battle of basement dwellers in the Golden State tonight when the A’s welcome the Rays to town and Oakland (-117) will be attempting to build upon a growing trend that’s seen them go 4-0 after a loss. It just so has it that the Rays, who won yesterday, aren’t especially good at stringing wins together, as they’ve gone 1-5 in their last six games after a win.
The Rays (+107) are a basically a dumpster fire on the road, posting the second worst road record in the American League and will turn to Matt Moore in an attempt to turn the tide on a 2-11 road skid. Moore’s been strong in his last three starts, pitching 6.0 innings or more in each while allowing two earned runs in each outing. He’s done his worst work on the road this season though, posting an 0-4 record with a 5.93 ERA.
Sonny Gray will get the ball for the A’s as he hopes to put an ugly first half behind him. Gray appeared to be on his way to entering the top-tier of pitchers in baseball, but a 4-8 record with a 5.12 ERA has him going in the wrong direction. He’s been getting killed in night games this season, as he has a 6.39 ERA in 11 night starts, compared to a 2.68 ERA in six day starts.
The San Diego Padres will aim to avoid being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals when they take at Busch Stadium Thursday. That may be easier said than done, as the Padres have lost their past six road games while being outscored 34-16 in that span.
The Padres are 0-5 in their past five games against the Cardinals.
The UNDER has hit in 14 of the Cardinals’ past 20 games at home.
The Cardinals are 12-3 in the past 15 games that Adam Wainwright starts.
The Padres will send Andrew Cashner to the mound in hopes that the righty can shake his poor play on the road. Cashner has a 7.83 ERA while allowing opponents to bat .315 in six road starts this season – including an eight hit, eight runs performance in his last outing away from Petco Park.
After a tough start to the year, we are starting to see the Adam Wainwright we have been accustomed to the past several seasons. Wainwright has a 0.39 ERA through his past three starts while pitching at least seven innings in each of those contests.
Expect the big bats to show up when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers close out their series Thursday. The two teams have averaged over 10 runs per game in their past 12 contests against one another, with the OVER going 10-2 in that span.
The Brewers are 2-6 in their past eight games against the Pirates.
The OVER is 15-6 in the Pirates’ past 21 games coming off a loss as a favorite.
The UNDER is 4-0 in the Brewers’ past four games with a closing total of 8.5 or less.
Matt Garza will be making his seventh start of the season for the Brewers after opening the year on the DL. Garza has still yet to settle in on the mound, as the righty has gone 0-3 with an 8.80 ERA in his past three starts.
The Pirates will send Francisco Liriano to the bump in hopes he can finally find the strike zone. Liriano has walked 13.6 percent of batters he has faced, which is the highest mark in the MLB.
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