MLB Match-Ups: August 5th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Monday August 5th, 2013.

Games – 9

AL Games – 6

NL Games – 3

American League Games (6):

Detroit Tigers (64-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-49) – 7:05 pm

Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 2.59) will begin a four game series for Detroit as they travel to the red hot Indians, who have won two straight. The Indians will try to slow Detroit down as they’ve won eight in a row with pitcher Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.77) on the mound.

This should be a very good series to start the week with both teams playing very well. This particular matchup is very even, although the big pitching matchup occurs tomorrow. This is a very big series for both teams as the AL Central is becoming a three team race. Cleveland needs to take this series to finally gain the edge over Detroit, and with Miguel Cabrera not completely healthy, now would be a better chance than ever for this Indians club to try to take the division lead.

Four game series: August 5th – August 8th

Next game probables: Verlander vs. Masterson

Boston Red Sox (68-45) @ Houston Astros (36-74) – 8:10 pm

The Boston Red Sox travel to Texas to face the struggling Houston Astros for a three game series. Game one will feature Red Sox starter John Lackey (7-8, 3.23) going up against Brett Oberholtzer (1-0, 3.77) who has only had one good outing during the season.

This series seems very lop-sided with one of baseball’s best teams going up against one of baseball’s worst teams. It will be very difficult for Houston to take two games from Boston here. Boston is more than aware of how close Tampa Bay is to them in the division, so expect the Red Sox to not let up en route of the Astros.

Houston has done well to hold their own this season, considering the talent they have. They have potential to compete in one or two of these games, but Boston should easily handle the Astros in this series.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Wright vs. Lyles

Minnesota Twins (48-60) @ Kansas City Royals (56-52) – 8:10 pm

The Royals are red hot, winning nine of their last 10 games. Minnesota, who has had success against the Royals this season, will send Kevin Correia (7-7, 4.49) to the mound to face Jeremy Guthrie (11-7, 4.22).

The Twins are on a winning streak themselves with three straight. This series will be much closer than what the numbers show. Twins’ designated hitter Justin Morneau has shown power lately and really helped jolt this Minnesota offense the past few games.

This is an important series for Kansas City to try and win with both Detroit and Cleveland battling each other. If Kansas City can win two or three against the Twins, look for the Royals to sneak into the AL Central pennant talks.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Albers vs. Shields

New York Yankees (57-53) @ Chicago White Sox (40-69) – 8:10 pm

A circus of a series starts in Chicago with the return of Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez taking headlines. The lineups will change throughout this series with the looming suspensions, but A-Rod may play all three games just as much as he could miss all three games.

For game one, New York will start lefty veteran Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28) opposite of White Sox starter Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62). This game will be an excellent matchup between two pitchers who have performed very well this season. The Yankees desperately need to win this series after losing one on the road to the San Diego Padres.

Despite the distractions with Rodriguez and the suspensions, the Yankees have to win this series on the road to have any shot of keeping pace with the rest of the AL East and wildcard. Ironically, having Rodriguez back in the lineup gives them a better chance to win then they’ve had all season.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Kuroda vs. Sale

Texas Rangers (62-50) @ Los Angeles Angels (51-59) – 10:05 pm

Martin Perez (3-3, 3.93), who has had a very productive season for Texas, starts game one against Angels’ pitcher Jerome Williams (5-7, 4.60). It’s apparent that Texas will lose outfielder Nelson Cruz to suspension, so the Texas bats will need to come alive from this series until the end of the season.

The Rangers still have players more than capable of picking up the slack with Cruz’s absence, but their first true test without him begins in Los Angeles against a very dangerous team. The Angels can still slug despite loosing Albert Pujols. It will be Texas’ pitching staff that dictates this series along with the rest of their season.

Although the Rangers are going to hurt with Cruz serving suspension, the Texas pitching staff has no excuse to not perform well enough for this team to make the postseason.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Darvish vs. Richards

Toronto Blue Jays (51-60) @ Seattle Mariners (52-59) – 10:10 pm

At the beginning of the season no one thought the Mariners would be series favorites over Toronto, but they are. The Mariners have played very well this season for the expectations many had while Toronto was the complete opposite.

This should be an entertaining series between evenly matched teams with different expectations. Game one will feature Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey (8-11, 4.66) battling Hisashi Iwakuma (10-4, 2.76) in what is the best pitching matchup on the day.

Toronto has been terrible on the road this season and now they visit a team that has lots of confidence after winning two straight. This matchup could feature less runs than what the series may offer, but expect a close game one due to the pitching matchup.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Johnson vs. Hernandez

National League Games (3):

Atlanta Braves (67-45) @ Washington Nationals (54-57) – 7:05 pm

The Atlanta Braves are red hot while the Washington Nationals are blue cold. This is a very big divisional series despite what each team’s records show. The Braves are in a position to control their own destiny from now until the season’s end and can not let up anytime soon.

Game one of this series will show Braves’ lefty Mike Minor (11-5, 2.75) battling Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.04). It’s rare to see Strasburg on the mound and not be the favorite pitcher, but Minor’s performance this season has gone completely under looked.

You can make the argument that Minor is having a Cy Young type of season, consistently performing well without injuries or many big run games. This is a game Washington can win with Strasburg, but it will take one of Minor’s worse performances for the Braves to lose this one.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Teheran vs. Gonzalez

Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49) @ St. Louis Cardinals (65-45) – 7:05 pm

In what is the best NL pitching matchup on the night, Dodgers’ Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.47) battles Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.61). This is the best series for the next three days as two division leaders go head-to-head.

This is a very important series for both teams with others looming in their respected division. This is by far the most entertaining series. This can go either way although the Dodgers are currently riding a four game winning streak. This series will feature solid pitching match ups.

Three game series: August 5th – August 7th

Next game probables: Kershaw vs. Kelly

Milwaukee Brewers (47-64) @ San Francisco Giants (49-61) – 10:15 pm

Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.22) will get the game one start for Milwaukee as the brew crew travels to the bay to face Chad Gaudin (5-2, 2.64) and the Giants. This isn’t much of an intriguing four game series as both teams are struggling at the bottom of their respected divisions.

This particular matchup may be a good one with the pitchers on the mound. This game features two pitchers who haven’t played much this season, but have performed well when their number has been called. Neither team has any shot of making the playoffs but have young players with tons of potential.

Four game series: August 5th – August 8th

Next game probables: Peralta vs. Cain

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About the Author

Thom Cunningham has been writing about sports for close to eight years and is also a reporting statistician for Stats, LLC. He was a former Sports editor and radio broadcaster for Georgia Southern University football and baseball games; including work published on sites such as Bleacher Report, Football Nation and CBS Sports. Follow Thom on Twitter @HelloIAMThom

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