MLB Match-Ups: August 7th, 2013
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Wednesday, August 7th, 2013.
Games – 15
AL Games – 6
NL Games – 6
IL Games – 3
American League Games (6):
Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) @ Seattle Mariners (52-61) – 3:40 pm
The Blue Jays look for their third straight win against the Mariners after taking both games one and two. The third game will feature Blue Jays’ pitcher J.A. Happ (2-2, 4.91) battling the inconsistent Aaron Harang (5-10, 5.27).
This is a game the Mariners can win to avoid being swept, but the Toronto pitching has been excellent in both games. Seattle is one of the better hitting teams in all of baseball, but Toronto’s defense has held the M’s to just three runs in two games. If the Mariners want to avoid being swept they need to have a good day against Happ, regardless of Harang’s performance.
Series score: TOR 2-0
Detroit Tigers (66-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-51) – 7:05 pm
The Tiger have taken the first two games from Cleveland in a very important divisional series. With the two wins Detroit has now separated themselves by four games in the AL Central, with the Indians looking up from second. The third game will show Tigers’ pitcher Doug Fister (10-5, 3.52) facing Danny Salazar (1-0, 1.50).
Salazar has only had one outing this season, July 11th. Salazar was very impressive in that game pitching six innings with seven strikeouts and one earned run. This could be another great game for Salazar as he faces a lineup who hasn’t seen him. The return of Tigers’ third baseman Miguel Cabrera doesn’t make things easier for the tribe, but Cleveland can’t afford to lose the next two games to Detroit.
Series score: DET 2-0
Boston Red Sox (69-46) @ Houston Astros (37-75) – 8:10 pm
Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.54) will start game three for Boston as they prepare for Jarred Cosart (1-0, .096) and the Houston Astros. Houston has played Boston tough in this series, with both games having opposite results.
Game one went Houston’s way in a low scoring 2-0 game. Game two went Boston’s way, winning 15-10. Game three should be an excellent final game with two evenly matched pitchers on the mound. Cosart has been impressive in his only starts this season while Dempster has been consistent all year. From what seemed to be a wash of a series has turned into an exciting one. Cosart is more than capable of beating Dempster on the mound, but another slugfest could go Boston’s way.
Series score: 1-1
Minnesota Twins (49-61) @ Kansas City Royals (57-53) – 8:10 pm
The Twins halted Kansas City and their winning ways by shutting them out last night, 7-0. The Twins had good pitching last night, and it should continue today with Sam Deduno (7-4, 3.17). Opposite of Deduno is Danny Duffy (0-0, 0.00) who will get his first start for the Royals.
Despite Kansas City winning a lot lately, the Tigers still hold a firm lead over them in the AL Central. Kansas City can’t afford a second straight loss if they want to keep pace in the AL Central and wildcard. With a new pitcher on the mound, it’s uncertain to say how the Twins’ bats will perform. Deduno is having a great season so it will take a lot from Duffy for Kansas City to win this game.
Series score: 1-1
New York Yankees (57-55) @ Chicago White Sox (42-69) – 8:10 pm
The Yankees have now dropped two straight games in Chicago, although game two was a better performance from the Bronx Bombers. Game three will feature the recently struggling C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78) of New York going up against Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.28) of the White Sox.
It’s tough to see New York get swept with their best pitcher on the mound. Santiago has pitched well this season though, so it’s definitely believable to see him out-perform Sabathia. The Yankees need to do a better job at scoring runs as the White Sox pitching staff has held the Yankees to just three runs the past two games. The A-Rod circus has died down a little bit, so maybe now New York can get back to focusing on baseball.
Series score: CWS 2-0
Texas Rangers (64-50) @ Los Angeles Angels (51-61) – 10:05 pm
The Texas Rangers are playing very well right now, and catching up to Oakland in the AL West. With two wins and an Oakland loss, the Rangers continue to make a push at first place. A sweep of the Angels would definitely help the cause with Oakland in a very tough away series with Cincinnati.
The Rangers will look for the sweep by sending Alexi Ogando (4-3, 3.26) to the mound to face Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29). Hanson, who has been hurt most of the season, has been inconsistent since coming to Los Angeles. The pitching match up favors Texas here, but it’s been the Angels’ bullpen that has really hurt them this season. Any lead Los Angeles has is not safe with the way their bullpen has performed, but it will still take a dominant outing from Hanson if the Angels have any shot here.
Series score: TEX 2-0
National League Games (6):
Atlanta Braves (69-45) @ Washington Nationals (54-59) – 7:05 pm
This series is becoming an emotional one after Atlanta’s 2-1 win last night. Two close games have brought sparks to the players, especially after Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper got hit by a pitch with almost got ugly. In fact, both teams’ official twitter accounts started barking at each other after Harper was hit.
This is turning into a great rivalry between two teams that genuinely hate each other. As emotions fly in this series, the Braves look for their 13th straight win and the series sweep. Kris Medlen (8-10, 3.85) will start for the Braves as he faces Jordan Zimmermann (13-6, 3.06). Washington has played well in this series, but it’s been the Braves pitching that has been most impressive. Medlen has been shaky this year, so if Washington has any chance to rattle Atlanta’s starting pitchers, tonight may be their best bet.
Series score: ATL 2-0
Chicago Cubs (49-63) @ Philadelphia Phillies (51-61) – 7:05 pm
The Phillies were back on the winning side of things after defeating the Cubs in game one of this series. Game two will show Cubs’ lefty Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) taking on Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87). Both pitcher shave had solid season despite their overall record.
This is a very evenly matched game on the mound between two young and productive left handers. This is a hard game to predict with such talents on the mound. The Phillies will get their big slugger Dominic Brown back which should have some impact in the lineup. Although the Phillies have the edge in batting, the pitching match up is too even to predict how this game will unfold.
Series score: PHI 1-0
Miami Marlins (43-68) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (68-44) – 7:05 pm
The Miami Marlins played Pittsburgh very tough last night and proved why their better than what their record shows. The Marlins gave Pittsburgh all they could handle, despite the Pirates winning in walk-off fashion. Miami hopes to have better luck with Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.34) taking the mound for game two against Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.07).
Pirates’ Josh Harrison won the game for Pittsburgh after hitting a walk-off home run. With how well Miami has been playing it may be another close game. Neither pitcher in game two has a serious edge over the other, so both teams will need to have good days at the plate if they expect to win. This game could feature a lot of lead changes, so game two may actually come down to which team has a better bullpen?
Series score: PIT 1-0
Colorado Rockies (52-62) @ New York Mets (50-60) – 7:10 pm
The Mets took a close game one as now their ace Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21) will get the start for game two. It looks like an uphill battle for Colorado, losing the first game and now having to face one of the NL’s toughest pitchers. Luckily Colorado has a pitcher going up against Harvey that has performed well this season.
Rockies’ will start Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40) opposite of New York’s ace in hopes to take game two. Colorado’s playoff hopes have fallen off the map as they continue to struggle scoring runs. It won’t get easier facing Harvey, but Chacin give Colorado a chance to keep this game close. The Mets need run support for Harvey as they can’t expect an automatic win just because their best pitcher is facing a team struggling to hit.
Series score: NYM 1-0
Los Angeles Dodgers (62-50) @ St. Louis Cardinals (66-46) – 8:15 pm
The Cardinals snapped Los Angeles’ road win streak with a 7-0 shutout over the Dodgers last night. Game three in this exciting series features Dodgers’ starter Ricky Nolasco (7-9, 3.87) taking on the young Cardinal’s pitcher Shelby Miller (11-7, 2.89). Miller has been one of the more under rated pitchers this season with over ten wins and an ERA under three.
Miller has the edge over Nolasco, but not by much. These are two evenly matched pitchers backed with a lineup that can explode at any time. Nothing to say here except this should be an excellent finish to an exciting series. The Dodgers’ bullpen will need to perform better if they expect to win, not just this game, but further down the season.
Series score: 1-1
Milwaukee Brewers (48-65) @ San Francisco Giants (50-62) – 10:15 pm
The brew crew were able to take game two, 3-1, and tie this series at one game a piece. Game three should be a close one with Milwaukee sending Marco Estrada (4-4, 5.32) taking on Giants’ lefty Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 2.69). Both teams are clearly looking into next year with the talent they have and current standing their in.
The way these two teams play is very similar in terms of small ball, but this particular game favors the Giants with their best pitcher playing. Milwaukee was uncertain as to who was going to pitch this game for them, so we’ll see if a late pitching decision will come back to bite the Brewers. This is a fun series to watch, but neither team can make the playoffs as they are looking into the future.
Series score: 1-1
Interleague Games (3):
Oakland Athletics (64-48) @ Cincinnati Reds (62-51) – 12:35 pm
The Reds won a very important first game in this interleague series. It’s important for Oakland to not let game two get away as the Rangers continue to cover ground. For game two, Oakland will turn to their best pitcher Bartolo Colon (14-3, 2.50) who is having a Cy Young worthy season.
Opposite of Colon is Reds’ pitcher Homer Bailey (6-10, 3.55) who has already thrown a no-hitter this season. This is an excellent pitching match up, and could quite possibly be the best on the day. Both pitchers will have to go deep into this game if their team has any shot of winning. Offensively, the A’s have struggled since the All-Star break. It will take more than just another dominant Colon performance for Oakland to beat Bailey and the Reds.
Series score: CIN 1-0
Baltimore Orioles (62-51) @ San Diego Padres (52-61) – 3:40 pm
Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.88) will get the start for Baltimore as they prepare to face Eric Stults (8-10, 3.55) and the San Diego Padres. The Padres played very well last night, despite loosing to the Orioles 4-1. The Orioles need every win in San Diego just to keep pace with the Red Sox and Rays.
The real key factor for Baltimore lately has been the recent reliability of closer Jim Johnson. It’s been a while since Johnson has blown a save, and last night’s performance from the newly acquired Bud Norris has really flipped the confidence switch for this pitching staff. If Baltimore can continue to pitch well as they did last night, they will see the postseason. San Diego has been playing teams tough this season, and they did so last night without their main shortstop Evereth Cabrera.
Series score: BAL 1-0
Tampa Bay Rays (66-46) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (57-55) -9:40 pm
This is one of the more intriguing series with two teams desperately fighting to stay atop their respected divisions. After Arizona beat the Rays 6-1, they will look for a game two win by sending Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.17) to the mound. Delgado has been pitching very well this season, but so have the Rays entire pitching staff.
Opposite of Delgado will be Rays’ starter Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65), who is having a terrific season himself. This is a match up between two young and talented pitchers in a very important game. This is one of the bigger regular season games either pitcher will start this season. This should be an exciting game that come down to the last inning. Last night was all about the Diamondbacks, but it’s hard to see Tampa Bay give up back-to-back games like that. With how both pitchers have performed this season, it’s hard to see anything but a close and overall low scoring game.
Series score: ARI 1-0