MLB Match-Ups: August 8th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013
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Jon Lester

This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Thursday, August 8th, 2013.

Games – 7 AL Games – 2 NL Games – 5 IL Games – 0

American League Games (2):

Detroit Tigers (67-45) @ Cleveland Indians (62-52) – 7:05 pm In a series the Indians desperately needed to win or tie, they fell short now down 3-0 and the possibility of being swept. Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.47) will try to prevent a Detroit Tiger sweep when he faces the winningest pitcher in baseball this year in Max Scherzer (16-1, 2.85). Cleveland was almost able to win game three in extra innings, but fell one run short through 14. Game four is big for Cleveland as Detroit has separated themselves with these past three wins. It will be tough for Cleveland to knock off a pitcher with 16 wins, but a solid McAllister performance can easily give Cleveland a shot at a game four victory. Cleveland isn’t playing bad against Detroit, the Tigers are just a better team overall. Cleveland still has a good shot at winning the wildcard, so this series won’t hurt their season. Series score: DET 3-0

Boston Red Sox (70-46) @ Kansas City Royals (58-53) – 8:10 pm This game kicks off what should be an exciting and excellent four game series. To start, Boston will send Jon Lester (10-6, 4.52) to the mound to face the impressive Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.03), who is still looking for his first loss on the year. This match up features two evenly matched teams, despite what their records show. Both teams have reliable bats in the lineup that can back their pitchers up in any game. The pitching match up in this series is very intriguing, starting with game one. Lester and Chen are two experienced pitchers who have been reliable this season. With Peavy and Santana scheduled for tomorrow’s start, it seems like the real story to this series is the starting pitching match ups. This series will also feature Doubront vs. Guthrie and Lackey vs. Shields. If there was ever a time for either team’s bats to be hitting well, it would be now. Four game series: August 8th – August 11th Next game probables: Peavy vs. Santana

National League Games (5):

Colorado Rockies (52-63) @ New York Mets (51-60) – 12:10 pm The Mets are looking for a sweep after defeating the Rockies in back-to-back games. Game three will show the former Twin Jeff Manship (0-0, 0.00) pitching against Mets’ starter Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97). Manship was called up to start in this game with Tyler Chatwood still ailing with an injury. The Mets have been playing great baseball even without their All-Star third baseman David Wright. Other players within the Mets’ lineup have stepped up in Wright’s absence such as outfielder Eric Young, Jr. The Mets’ pitching staff has been the real story this series though, allowing only two runs in two games. Series score: NYM 2-0

Miami Marlins (43-69) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (69-44) – 12:35 pm Despite being down two games in the series, the Miami Marlins have been playing one of baseball’s best teams tough. Game three should be a great one with two young studs taking the mound. Miami will send their ace starter Jose Fernandez (8-5, 2.54) opposite of Pittsburgh’s young prospect Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.69). This should be another close game with these two pitchers on the mound. Fernandez’s last two outing have been dominant, pitching eight innings in both with 27 total strikeouts. One of those two games was against Pittsburgh where he only gave up two earned runs. If Miami can score four to five runs off of Cole, they should win this game. Series score: PIT 2-0

Chicago Cubs (50-63) @ Philadelphia Phillies (51-62) – 1:05 pm Cubs’ ace Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78) will take the mound for this series conclusion against the Phillies. Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46) will get the start for Philadelphia after falling short to Chicago in game two. Both team’s starting pitchers performed well in game two, but it was Chicago’s bullpen that was better. The Phillies’ bullpen gave up three runs compared to Chicago’s zero in last night’s game. More than likely Martin won’t last long in this game, which could mean more work for the Phillies’ bullpen. More work for Philly’s bullpen usually means more losses, so it will be the Phillies’ bats that need to win this game. Samardzija is having an excellent season despite his win and loss record. It will be a tough game for Philadelphia to win, especially with how the pitching staff looks entering game three. Series score: 1-1

Milwaukee Brewers (49-65) @ San Francisco Giants (50-63) – 3:45 pm The Giants have now lost two straight at home to a dangerous and young Brewers team. Both teams in this series are better than what their record shows in terms of overall talent. Neither team can make a serious run to this year’s postseason, but both teams still have enough talent to upset anybody they face. The final game of this four game series will feature Brewers’ pitcher Donovan Hand (0-3, 3,60) facing against the up-and-down Tim Lincecum (5-11, 4.43). Despite Hand not having a win recorded yet, this is a good game for him to finally get one. Lincecum’s performance is about as unpredictable as the winning lottery numbers, so expect an aggressive Brewers’ offense to give Hand all the run support he can handle. Lincecum will ultimately determine this game’s outcome, but whether that’s for better or worse will be told by time. Series score: MIL 2-1

Los Angeles Dodgers (63-50) @ St. Louis Cardinals (66-47) – 8:15 pm Although the Dodgers won game three in last night’s contest, it was the injury to Miller that has cause of concern for Cardinals’ fans. Jake Westbrook, who was slated to start tonight’s game, had to pitch in last night’s game due Miller getting hurt in the first inning. From there it was nothing but trouble for the Cardinals, loosing 13-4. Game four should be a much better game with Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3, 3.15) taking the mound for the Dodgers opposite of Carlos Martinez (0-0, 5.56), who will start in place of Westbrook. The Cardinals’ pitching rotation has been jumbled now, which is why Martinez gets the start for St. Louis tonight. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals can respond after loosing a pitcher and a game by nine runs. The Dodgers also have injuries to deal with, like their shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Despite Ramirez being out though, the Dodgers have played well without him and continue their winning ways. The mixed up Cardinals’ rotation is another advantage Los Angeles can capitalize on to gain further separation in the NL West. Series score: LAD 2-1

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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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