MLB Morning Lineup: July 11th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Thursday July 11th, 2013.

Games – 12

AL Games – 6

NL Games – 6

American League Games (6):

Toronto Blue Jays (44-46) @ Cleveland Indians (47-44) – 12:05 pm

Toronto was able to tie this series up 1-1 with a close victory last night. Today they start the slate of MLB games with pitcher R.A. Dickey (8-9, 4.77) taking on Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (0-0), making his first start.

This is the last of what has been a close and exciting series. Salazar has a fighting chance against the former Cy Young Award winner Dickey. He will need run support however, which may be easier said than done with the knuckleballer on the mound. The Cleveland lineup will dictate this game and ultimately the series outcome.

Series score: 1-1

Minnesota Twins (37-51) @ Tampa Bay Rays (52-40) – 12:10 pm

The Twins lost the series in a close 13-inning game Wednesday night. A tough game fought wasn’t enough to snap the Rays and their winning streak. Game four will feature Twins’ Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63) going up against the very solid Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42).

Based off the series, pitching matchup and Rays’ big winning streak, it’s hard to see anything but the same results for Tampa over the past three games. Minnesota’s starting pitching has been decent in this series, but the Rays keep finding ways to win with a pitching staff seeming untouchable.

Series score: TMB 3-0

Kansas City Royals (43-45) @ New York Yankees (49-42) – 1:05 pm

The Yankees were able to snap a three game losing streak by finally posting up a high run tally on Wednesday. Game four should be a good one as Kansas City pitcher Ervin Santana (5-5, 2.90) takes on the veteran lefty Andy Pettitte (6-6, 4.37). Sanatana has had a quietly solid season along with most of Kansas City’s pitching staff.

The Yankee bats finally produced runs yesterday, and will need to do the same against a very good pitcher in Santana. Pettitte is one of the more consistent pitchers in baseball and should contest. This game can go either way in terms of run production, but Pettitte will probably need to go at least seven for New York to avoid a series loss.

Series score: KNC 2-1

Chicago White Sox (35-53) @ Detroit Tigers (50-40) – 1:08 pm

The White Sox send ace lefty Chris Sale (5-8, 2.78) to the mound to try and take a series lead against Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70) and the Detroit Tigers. With the way Detroit is hitting, it’s hard to pick against them here.

Sanchez has been better than expected this season and Sales’ performances have been shaky compared to last year’s campaign. Chicago has a shot at taking the series in Detroit, but Sale will need to pitch well and the White Sox bats will have to hit Sanchez early.

Series score: 1-1

Boston Red Sox (56-37) @ Seattle Mariners (40-51) – 3:40 pm

Boston has bounced back nicely, winning the past two games in Seattle. It’s undecided who Seattle will send out to the mound Thursday afternoon, but Boston will start Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.04).

The Boston bats have been solid, but it’s been their bullpen that’s been questionable. If the Mariners can keep this game within three runs, they have a shot at taking the game in late innings. Other than Hernandez, Boston has been lighting up Seattle arms. It will be interesting to see who Seattle sends to the mound to try and tie a series they could have possibly won.

Series score: BOS 2-1

Texas Rangers (53-38) @ Baltimore Orioles (50-42) – 7:05 pm

The Baltimore bats and pitching finally clicked at once last night, tying the series with Texas. For the final game, Texas will hrow Ross Wolf (1-1, 1.95) into the pitching carousal to face Miguel Gonzalez (6-3, 3.63).

Baltimore needs to win this game to keep pace with Boston and Tampa Bay. Texas needs to win this game to keep pace with Oakland. It’s safe to say this is a pretty important game despite who wins the series. The end result of this game should feature a lot of runs unless both pitchers can take their teams deep into the game.

Series score: TEX 2-1

National League Games (6):

Washington Nationals (47-44) @ Philadelphia Phillies (45-47) – 7:05 pm

In the final of a four game series, Washington hopes Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57) can out-dual Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90). Both pitchers have had pretty excellent seasons with their respected ball clubs. Now they both face off against one another to try and gain an advantage in the NL East standings.

Washington won an important game three thanks to a great outing by pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The National bats got to Phillies’ Cliff Lee early, and they will need to do it again against Kendrick. Zimmermann should win Thursday, with a Phillies’ offense that seems pretty inconsistent this season. Kendrick will have to stud out for Philly to take the series from Washington.

Series score: PHI 2-1

Cincinnati Reds (51-40) @ Atlanta Braves (52-39) – 7:10 pm

The Braves and Reds begin the first of a four game series before the All-Star break. To start the series, Cincinnati sends ace Mat Latos (8-2, 3.18) out to the mound against Braves’ starting pitcher Tim Hudson (5-7, 4.03). Cincinnati was able to avoid getting swept by Milwaukee last series as the Braves took two in Miami.

This series wil be won based off starting pitching, which could favorite the Braves. Turner is a tough ball park to hit in, so if the Reds’ bats are silenced by the field and dominant Brave rotation, they could see similar results to that in Milwaukee.

Four game series: July 11th – July 14th

Next game probables: Arroyo vs. Medlen

St. Louis Cardinals (55-34) @ Chicago Cubs (40-49) – 8:05 pm

The Cubs are coming off of a disappointing loss to the fire-powered Angels. To kick off what should be a fun series, St Louis will go with Jake Westbrook (5-3, 2.78) who is having an impressive season. The Cardinals are coming off a series sweep against Houston, and will look to continue their winning ways against Cubs’ Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.50).

As well as the Cubs have been playing this season, the Cardinals are just too good. St. Louis has no excuse for not winning this series. This game may be close if Jackson can produce a quality start. The Cubbies will need to jump on Westbrook, which is not as unlikely as it may seem. This is one game Chicago can take if they pitch and bat well, but it’s hard to see them win three out of four.

Four game series: July 11th – July 14th

Next game probables: Kelly vs. Villanueva

Milwaukee Brewers (37-53) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (47-44) – 9:40 pm

Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (7-8, 4.85) gets the opening series start against Wade Miley (5-7, 4.06) and the Diamondbacks. This should be a hard fought series and an interesting game one.

This series will be won on the defensive side of the plate. This matchup features two great outfielders with two teams looking to prove something. Arizona is holding onto first place after a very tight, and important series to the Dodgers. Milwaukee is coming off of an impressive series win over the Reds. This series may not seem interesting on paper, but it should be an exciting one filled with ‘web gems’.

Four game series: July 11th – July 14th

Next game probables: Gorzelanny vs. Corbin

Colorado Rockies (44-48) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (45-45) – 10:10 pm

The Rockies will send Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 9.72) up against Chris Capuano (2-6, 5.19) in the first game of another important divisional series. The Rockies are coming off a series win against San Diego, and have had solid work off the mound.

Pomeranz however has had rough outings in his first two starts this season. The Dodgers have been playing well and the Colorado bats will have to jump on Capuano early to win this game.

Four game series: July 11th – July 14th

Next game probables: TBD vs. Kershaw

San Francisco Giants (40-50) @ San Diego Padres (41-51) – 10:10 pm

The Giants have been on a free fall, getting swept at home to the Mets and dropping to last in the NL West. They will hope to turn things around before the All-Star break with Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 3.05) getting the start. Padres send Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.79) to the mound in what should be a great pitching matchup.

Despite losing the series to Colorado, San Diego played well with their pitching staff keeping games in reach. The Giants have seen better days after an embarrassing series at home. Bumgarner is a silver lining for the Giants right now and will need to take over facing a solid opposing pitcher and hungry Padre team.

Four game series: July 11th – July 14th

Next game probables: Gaudin vs. O’Sullivan

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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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