MLB Morning Lineup: July 10th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Wednesday July 10th, 2013.

Games – 15

AL Games – 6

NL Games – 6

IL Games – 3

American League Games (6):

Kansas City Royals (43-44) @ New York Yankees (48-42) – 7:05 PM

Wade Davis (4-7, 5.42) takes the mound for Kansas City in hopes to win a third game and the series against Ivan Nova (3-2, 4.09) and the Yankees. Kansas City has played very well the past two games as the Yankees could only muster up a total of two runs.

It will have to be the Yankees’ bats that must come alive against Davis in order for New York to avoid losing the home stand series. It hasn’t necessarily been hitting as a problem for the Yankees as much as it’s been leaving runners stranded.

Series score: KNC 2-0

Texas Rangers (53-37) @ Baltimore Orioles (49-42) – 7:05 pm

The Rangers have taken two from Baltimore and will look for win three with their starter Josh Lindblom (1-2, 4.50) Wednesday night. The Orioles will send out starter Wei-Yen Chen (3-3, 3.04)  in hopes to save a series loss. Baltimore’s bats have been productive, but they need to score more runs to keep pace with a fire powered Ranger offense.

The play of Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler and third baseman Adrian Beltre helped propel this offense to high run tallies. It will more than likely be another high scoring game although Baltimore has the better pitcher starting. There is still one more game to go after today, so if Baltimore’s bats can’t keep pace, they could be swept.

Series score: TEX 2-0

Toronto Blue Jays (43-46) @ Cleveland Indians (47-43) – 7:05 pm

Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.84) will start for Toronto as they travel to Cleveland and begin a three game series. The tribe will send Justin Masterson (10-7, 3.78) to the mound, as he has been very productive this season.

This game might not feature tons of runs favoring Toronto as Masterson has his fair share of quality starts, not to mention Toronto getting shutout last night by Ubaldo Jimenez. Just like the Yankees, it wasn’t the hitting, but rather the stranded runners that hurt the Blue Jays. Masterson will have to have a sharp outing for another Cleveland victory as Toronto may not leave that many on base a second time.

Series score: CLE 1-0

Chicago White Sox (35-52) @ Detroit Tigers (49-40) – 7:08  pm

The White Sox came to life last night, looking very impressive in their opening series game against division foe Detroit. Chicago will start Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) in game two as the Tigers will start Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82).

Chicago was hitting a very good pitcher last night in Justin Verlander, hitting him a total of 12 times. This game should feature a lot of runs by both teams. Detroit’s lineup is spoken for and the White Sox may finally be in a groove hitting the ball. The White Sox could take the series from Detroit here, so starting pitching may be the game’s determining ‘x-factor’.

Series score: CWS 1-0

Minnesota Twins (37-50) @ Tampa Bay Rays (51-40) – 7:10 pm

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has been awesome so far this season as they win their sixth straight game. Minnesota has lost the past two games by three runs, so if their starter Kevin Corriea (6-6, 4.19) can hold down the Rays’ lineup, then it will be on the Twins’ bats to rattle  Tampa Bay pitchers.

Tampa Bay will send Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67) to the mound in search for a game three victory. This pitching matchup has the potential for a ‘back-and-forth’ game, so it will more than likely come down to which bullpen can sustain a close game lead in the later innings. The Rays seem to be the best at controlling games and a solid start from Hellickson should give them the series win.

Series score: TMB 2-0

Boston Red Sox (55-37) @ Seattle Mariners (40-50) – 10:10 pm

Both teams’ starting pitchers were victims of a slugfest as neither made it past the third inning. The Red Sox hope Felix Doubront (5-3, 4.11) will have a better outing, despite Boston crossing the plate 11 times Tuesday night.

The Red Sox need to be careful not to lose this series to Seattle in a tight AL East race. They will face Seattle starer Aaron Harang (4-7, 4.92) who is unpredictable in his performances. Boston has a great chance to jump on an inconsistent pitcher, but if Boston’s bullpen is tested, Seattle could steal a series.

Series score: 1-1

National League Games (6):

Atlanta Braves (52-38) @ Miami Marlins (32-57) – 12:40 pm

The Braves will look to sweep the Marlins with Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.81) on the mound facing off against Jacob Turner (2-1, 2.30). Miami has been playing teams tough as of late, and with a solid pitcher, the Marlins could win game three.

The Marlins could win game three, but probably won’t. The Braves offense has been too much for Miami and the Marlins haven’t capitalized on their opportunities to score. This has been a fun series to watch and game three shouldn’t be any different.

Series score: ATL 2-0

Cincinnati Reds (50-40) @ Milwaukee Brewers (37-52) – 2:10 pm

Mike Leake (7-4, 2.73) takes the mound for Cincinnati as they try to avoid a series sweep against Johnny Hellweg (0-2, 12.79) and the brew crew. It was a good pitching matchup last night as the Brewers let their starting pitcher Wily Peralta go the distance, pitching all nine innings.

It’s tough to see the Reds getting swept in Milwaukee only because of the pitching matchup. It wouldn’t be shocking however, with the way Milwaukee has been playing lately. It’s unlikely Cincinnati’s five heavy hitters combine for zero hits again, which is what Perlata did to their lineup last night.

Series score: MIL 2-0

New York Mets (39-48) @ San Francisco Giants (40-49) – 3:45 pm

The Mets will look for a series sweep against the Giants when they send the young Zack Wheeler (2-1, 4.29) to the mound. He will face the surprisingly inconsistent Matt Cain (5-5, 4.85).

Both teams hit the ball well last night, each recording five earned runs against their opposing pitcher. San Francisco needs to be careful not letting this series slip away from them. Cain needs to have a dominant outing for the Giants to avoid a sweep. The Giants dropped to last place in the division with last night’s loss.

Series score: NYM 2-0

Washington Nationals (46-44) @ Philadelphia Phillies (45-46) – 7:05 pm

In what’s been a fun series to watch, the Phillies will try to sweep the visiting Nationals Wednesday night. Washington will start the lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) in face of Philadelphia’s lefty Cliff Lee (10-2, 2.73). With the way this series is going and pitchers in this game, it’s tough to see anything but a low scoring affair.

The Phillies have been impressive in close games against the Nationals, who were in the middle of a hot streak. The pitching staff for Philly has cooled off the National bats and on paper game three should be no different.

Series score: PHI 2-0

Los Angeles Dodgers (44-45) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (47-43) – 9:40 pm

You can honestly see the Dodgers coming a mile away. Los Angeles has now taken two important games from the first place Diamondbacks in what has been a crucial series. The Dodgers look for a sweep and .500 record as they send Hyun-jin Ryu (7-3, 2.82) to the mound to square off with Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.65).

This may be Arizona’s best chance to cool off the Dodgers’ bats. Skaggs has bee pretty solid  in his starts, but the Diamondbacks have struggled to hit in back-to-back games. Ryu could very well take this game over himself but the Dodgers seem determined to make a run at first place before the All-Star break.

Series score: LAD 2-0

Colorado Rockies (43-48) @ San Diego Padres (41-50) – 10:10 pm

This will be a solid game three to watch as the low scoring, but exciting series between these two teams comes to an end. The Rockies will start an impressive Jorge De La Rosa (8-5, 3.19) to go up against Padres’ young starter Andrew Cashner (5-4, 3.82).

This should be another solid pitching performance from both starters as both De La Rosa and Cashner have been having fantastic seasons. The is one of the hardest games to predict on the day and should drive sports gamblers crazy. If there’s anything to bet on in this game it’s the under. This series is one big swing away from being won.

Series score: 1-1

Interleague Games (3):

Oakland Athletics (54-37) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (53-36) – 7:05 pm

Ironically both games in this three game series has finished 2-1 in favor of Oakland. Out for an attempt at a series sweep, Oakland sends Tommy Milone (8-7, 4.11) onto the mound to face Pittsburgh’s lefty Francisco Liriano (8-3, 2.20).

This game will more than likely mirror the past two, a low scoring, dominant pitching performance. Liriano has been more than impressive this season with Milone coming around as of lately. It’s hard to say something that hasn’t already been seen in both games. These are two great teams with under rated pitching staffs that many sleep on.

Series score: OAK 2-0

Los Angeles Angels (43-46) @ Chicago Cubs (40-48) – 8:05 pm

The Cubs hit the ball well last night, along with a solid pitching performance from their young All-Star. In the second game of this interleauge matchup, Los Angeles will hope to get a better start from C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.49).  Facing him will be Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54) who has really shined during the 2013 campaign.

The Cubs will be facing a tougher pitcher than what they saw in Joe Blanton Tuesday night. It doesn’t get easier for the Angels’ lineup either as they go up against another solid pitcher. The Angels’ bats will have to hit Samardzija in order to save a series to a team they should dominate. Chicago has been a pleasant surprise this season, so winning the series with the pitchers they’ve started wouldn’t be a shocker.

Series score: CHC 1-0

Houston Astros (32-57) @ St. Louis Cardinals (53-34) – 8:15 pm

Houston will need a solid start from their pitcher Jordan Lyles (4-3, 3.87) if they want to take the second and final game of this two game series. St. Louis will have another ace on the mound to face Houston, starting Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.80).

Last post called for Houston having to score seven to eight runs just to compete with St. Louis, but that may not be the case this game pending a Lyles’ performance. If Lyles can pitch a quality start, Houston has the bats to win this game. Miller will more than likely run through this Astros’ lineup with St. Louis putting up between six and 10 runs. But if there is a silver lining to this matchup it’s a potential solid performance from Houston’s man on the mound.

Series score: STL 1-0

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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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