MLB Match-Ups: August 6th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013.

Games – 15

AL Games – 6

NL Games – 6

IL Games – 3


American League Games (6):

Detroit Tigers (65-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-50) – 7:05 pm

Detroit was able to win a close and important game yesterday, defeating the Indians 4-2. Game two between these division rivals will feature one of the better pitching match ups on the day.

Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander (11-8, 3.88) battles Indians’ starter Justin Masterson (13-7, 3.33) in what should be an excellent game. Yesterday’s game showed that the Indians can play defense, but it will be their bullpen that will ultimately be tested.

The Tigers were fortunate to win last night’s game as all their runs came in final inning, despite recording 12 hits. If Detroit wants to win game two they need to do a better job of getting runners on base across home plate.

Series score: DET 1-0

Boston Red Sox (68-46) @ Houston Astros (37-74) – 8:10 pm

The Houston Astros surprised many with their 2-0 win over Boston yesterday. Both pitchers performed very well as now Steven Wright (2-0, 3.65) of the Red Sox will take on Astros’ young starter Jordan Lyles (4-5, 4.91).

Lyles has the potential to shut this Boston lineup down, but the game will ultimately be dictated with Wright’s performance. Wright has only pitched 12 innings this season, so his performance against the Houston bats can go either way.

It would be a surprise to see Houston win the series in just the first two games, but Lyles is more than capable of outperforming Wright in this game.

Series score: HOU 1-0

Minnesota Twins (48-61) @ Kansas City Royals (57-52) – 8:10 pm

Andrew Albers (0-0, 0.00) will get his first start for the Twins in game two of this divisional series. It won’t be an easy task though as he faces Royals’ ace pitcher James Shields (6-7, 3.08).

The Royals demolished the Twins with a 13-0 game one victory. It’s hard to see a different result than Kansas City winning this game. The Royals are starting their best pitcher to face an inexperienced player. Batters haven’t faced Albers though, so he could pitch a gem of a game. The Royals need to figure out Albers quickly in this game in order to take game two, despite Shields on the mound starting.

Series score: KNC 1-0

New York Yankees (57-54) @ Chicago White Sox (41-69) – 8:10 pm

The focus of this series is all on the Yankees with the return of Alex Rodriguez, who went 1-4 with a single last night. Despite the return, New York was unable to muster up a win as Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game two will feature New York’s Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38), who is having  marvelous season, opposite of White Sox ace Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92). This is another great pitching match up that should be a close and exciting game.

Kuroda should perform much better than Pettitte did for New York last night, allowing seven runs in 2.2 innings pitched. With the pitching match up, expect a much closer game with a much lower run tally.

Series score: CWS 1-0

Texas Rangers (63-50) @ Los Angeles Angels (51-60) – 10:05 pm

The Texas Rangers were able to overcome the suspension of Nelson Cruz and defeat the Los Angeles Angels in game one. Game two could see similar results as Texas starts Yu Darvish (10-5, 2.66) opposite of Garrett Richards (3-4, 4.18).

The Rangers have the edge in the pitching match up for this game and all series. Although the Angels bullpen performed well last night, they have really let up in many close games. There’s really not much to say about this game and series. Texas has better pitching, which was proven last night and could quite possibly be proven again today.

Series score: TEX 1-0

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

The Blue Jays were on the winning side of things after defeating the Mariners last night 3-1. Game two of this potentially exciting series will feature two good pitchers. Toronto will send out the recently inconsistent Josh Johnson (1-8, 6.60) to battle the always dangerous Felix Hernandez (11-4, 2.30).

It’s hard to see Toronto walk away from this game with a win. The Blue Jays have had problems producing runs all season long and Johnson’s recent performances don’t help either. The Blue Jays seemed outmatched in this game, but if Johnson can pitch to his potential then they have a shot.

Johnson will have to try to keep this game close for Toronto to have a shot because Hernandez is more than likely going to have his way with the Blue Jay bats.

Series score: TOR 1-0


National League Games (6):

Atlanta Braves (68-45) @ Washington Nationals (54-58) – 7:05 pm

Atlanta continues to win, win and win after defeating the Nationals 3-2 last night. Washington had a good night pitching the ball, but the under rated Minor shut down the Nationals lineup.

Game two of this desperation series (for Washington) will show Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (8-5, 3.02) going up against Gio Gonzalez (7-4, 3.57). This should be another great pitching match up with two quality starters taking the mound.

The National bats will have to come around at some point if they expect to beat Atlanta. Although the Braves’ bats have been getting all the recognition it’s real been the pitching staff that has performed well recently.

Series score: ATL 1-0

Chicago Cubs (49-62) @ Philadelphia Phillies (50-61) – 7:05 pm

Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65) will get the start for Chicago as the Cubs travel to Philadelphia to face Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29) for game one of a three game series.

The Phillies have really fallen fast and need a series win to keep season hopes alive. The Cubs are in the same boat as Philly, only they’ve played pretty solid all season long. The Phillies have the slight edge over Chicago on paper; but with the way both teams have played this season, Chicago could easily take three. This will be a ‘back-and-forth’ series between two evenly matched teams.

Three game series: August 6th – August 8th

Next game probables: Wood vs. Hamels

Miami Marlins (43-67) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44) – 7:05 pm

One of the best teams in baseball takes on one of the worst in what should actually be a pretty exciting series. The Marlins have competed nicely over the past month or so, with their pitching staff giving them a realistic shot of winning each game.

To start this series, Miami will send Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 2.61) to the mound to face Pittsburgh All-Star Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.36). Locke had a rough outing in his last start but expect a focused and determined Locke to perform well against a below average Marlin lineup.

This is a much closer match up and series than what it shows on paper. Miami’s pitching staff shows up a lot, so if this series becomes a blow out it will be because f the Pirates’ bats.

Three game series: August 6th – August 8th

Next game probables: Koehler vs. Morton

Colorado Rockies (52-61) @ New York Mets (49-60) – 7:10 pm

This may be the most under rated series on the week as two very competitive ball clubs look to improve their record in a three game series. Game one will feature Rockies’ starter Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15) facing Mets’ young pitcher Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08).

Mejia has had one excellent start and another decent one. The pitching match up is hard to determine here as Chatwood did struggle a bit in his last outing. The big question is how well will the Mets play with All-Star third baseman David Wright on the DL?

Three game series: August 6th – August 8th

Next game probables: Bettis vs. Harvey

Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) @ St. Louis Cardinals (65-46) – 8:15 pm

Game one was very exciting as games two and three should be no different. This is easily the most intriguing series this week after the Dodgers won a very close game one, 3-2.

The excitement should continue for game two with Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.87) taking the mound to battle the young and impressive Joe Kelly (2-3, 3.10). This should be an excellent pitching match up even though the Dodgers are favored.

It will be tough for St. Louis to win game two having to face the best pitcher in baseball without their best hitter in Yadier Molina. The Cardinals are probably going to lose this game, which would mean survival mode for St. Louis in game three. The Cardinals are good enough to win without Molina, but to do it against Kershaw would be impressive.

Series score: LAD 1-0

Milwaukee Brewers (47-65) @ San Francisco Giants (50-61) – 10:15 pm

The Giants won a close game one in last night’s match up as now Wily Peralta (7-11, 4.57) will take the mound and try to give Milwaukee a game two victory. Opposite of Peralta will be the surprisingly inconsistent Matt Cain (7-6, 4.57), who has the same ERA as his opponent.

This is an even match up on the mound as Peralta has been playing better than expected with Cain playing worse. San Francisco still has a very slight outside shot at making the wildcard, but they will need to win the next two against Milwaukee to do it.

Peralta is not a knock over pitcher, so either Cain will have to step up or the offense will have to come alive. With Cain’s performance this season, four runs may not be enough for the Giants to win this game, as it was last night.

Series score: SFO 1-0


Interleague Games (3):

Oakland Athletics (64-47) @ Cincinnati Reds (61-51) – 7:10 pm

The interleague games these next few days are matched up to be exciting ones with the AL West leading Oakland A’s traveling to a very good Cincinnati Reds ball club. Game one of what should be and excellent season to watch will show Dan Straily (6-5, 4.41) taking on Mat Latos (10-3, 3.37), who is having a monstrous season for Cincinnati.

Oakland has had a really hard time producing runs since the All-Star break as their pitching has carried them. With Latos on the mound, Oakland has no choice but to produce many runs in order to win. Straily could have a dominant performance, but don’t count on him shutting down the Reds’ lineup automatically.

Two game series: August 6th – August 7th

Next game probables: Colon vs. Bailey

Tampa Bay Rays (66-45) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (56-55) – 9:40 pm

Another great interleague match up begins in Chase Field with Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60) of the Rays taking on Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68) of the Diamondbacks.

Although the Tampa Bay pitching staff has outmatched almost every opponent they face, Miley can easily hold his own. The Diamondbacks desperately need to win this series to keep pace with the surging Dodgers. Likewise, Tampa Bay needs to win in order to keep pace with Boston and the AL East.

This should be a fun and exciting series to watch, despite it only being two games. The pitching match up in game one is very even as tomorrow’s pitching match up is very mysterious with Spurill starting.

Two game series: August 6th – August 7th

Next game probables: Archer vs. Spruill

Baltimore Orioles (61-51) @ San Diego Padres (52-60) – 10:10 pm

The newly acquired Bud Norris (7-9, 3.89) takes the mound for Baltimore to face Edinson Volquez (8-8, 5.56) and the Padres. This is an under rated series with how well the Padres have been playing as of lately.

Baltimore needs to be careful in not letting San Diego escape with a win in this two game series. The Orioles can’t afford to fall any further behind Tampa Bay and Boston. This game in particular features two evenly matched pitchers with powerful stuff.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see San Diego take both games in this series, but the Baltimore bats seem to good to be controlled by San Diego’s two starters.

Two game series: August 6th – August 7th

Next game probables: Gonzalez vs. Stults






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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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