MLB Morning Lineup: July 12th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Friday July 12th, 2013.

Games – 15

AL Games – 7

NL Games – 7

IL Games – 1

American League Games (7):

Kansas City Royals (43-46) @ Cleveland Indians (48-44) – 7:05 pm

The begin the first of a three game series, Kansas City will start Bruce Chen (3-0, 2.41) who’s been impressive in limited starts. The Indians will start Corey Kluber (6-5, 4.23) who recorded 10 strikeouts during his last start against Detroit.

The Indians enter another tough series against a team who can hit the ball extremely well. Kansas City’s pitching was exposed the past two games, so they will need a quality start from Chen. This series could feature a lot of high run tallies, especially now with Nick Swisher batting over .300 in his last 10 games.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Guthrie vs. Kazmir

Minnesota Twins (37-52) @ New York Yankees (50-42) – 7:05 pm

The Twins are coming off of a series sweep, losing all four games in Tampa Bay. To begin their series against the Yankees, Minnesota’s Scott Diamond (5-8, 5.52) will battle the veteran Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 2.77). New York is coming off of a two game winning streak and gets to stay at home for this three game series.

Minnesota has been traveling a lot recently, and their confidence can’t be very high after losing four straight game by three or fewer runs. Kuroda has been arguably the best pitcher for New York this season. This game and series favors the Yankees and is a possible audition for designated hitter Justin Morneau, who is being talked about in trades discussions.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Deduno vs. Hughes

Toronto Blue Jays (44-47) @ Baltimore Orioles (50-42) – 7:05 pm

The left-handed Mark Buehrle (5-5, 4.50) has had a rocky first half of the season for Toronto as he will up the series against Chris Tillman (10-3, 3.92) and the Orioles. Baltimore was able to take two from Texas, and now sends their best pitcher to the mound in hopes of a game one victory.

This is an important divisional series being played, as the Blue Jays look for some momentum heading into the All-Star break. Either team that gets a quality start from they pitcher should see the win. These are two teams with inconsistent pitching staffs and a lineup that can put strings of runs together any time.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Redmond vs. Hammel

Texas Rangers (53-38) @ Detroit Tigers (50-41) – 7:08 pm

This is the most intriguing series to watch as two possible World Series contenders begin a three game series Friday night. For game one, Texas will send Justin Grimm (7-6, 5.88) to face Doug Fister (6-5, 4.07) who would probably like to forget about his last outing.

The Tigers surprisingly lost a series to division foe Chicago and now welcome a Texas team coming off of two straight losses. Texas will continue to make work with the never-ending pitching carousal they have going. Despite all the injured pitchers, Texas has filled in their oration nicely, including Grimm.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Holland vs. Scherzer

Houston Astros (32-59) @ Tampa Bay Rays (53-40) – 7:10 pm

The Houston Astros travel to the very hot Tampa Bay Rays, who have won their last seven straight games. In hopes to derail them, Houston will give Jarred Cosart (0-0) his first career start against David Price (3-4, 4.18).

It’s hard to see anything different from the past series, low scoring pitching duals where Tampa comes out on top. This is Cosart’s first start, so there is some potential for him to shut this Rays’ lineup down. Tampa hasn’t had to travel in quite some time either, so Houston will have to jump on the Rays’ starting pitchers in order to have a chance at winning the series.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Keuchel vs. Hernandez

Boston Red Sox (57-37) @ Oakland Athletics (54-38) – 10:05 pm

After an off day, Oakland travels back home to face Boston. The Red Sox are coming down from Seattle, after winning three out of four there. They send John Lackey (6-6, 2.80) to the mound in hopes of winning two straight on the west coast. Oakland will start Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04) who has had an up-and-down season.

This is one of the better series heading into the All-Star break, featuring two similar hitting teams. It’s hard to see either team being swept, and this particular matchup may feature more runs than expected. Aside from the Texas-Detroit series, this may be the most exciting one to watch.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Lester vs. Griffin

Los Angeles Angels (44-46) @ Seattle Mariners (40-52) – 10:10 pm

The Angels have been playing great ball lately, with players Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols all finally starting to click. It couldn’t have come at a better time either as the Angels enter a divisional series against Seattle, who just lost three out of four to Boston.

The Mariners pitching staff hasn’t performed well the past few games and will need a different outing from Joe Saunders (7-8, 4.51). The Angels will start Jerome Williams (5-4, 4.16) who has been having a pretty solid season. If Seattle can get a quality start from Saunders they can win this game. Both bats may come alive mid-way through this game, so don’t expect either starter to make it past seven. Tomorrow’s game is going to be an important one with both team’s aces on the mound.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Weaver vs. Hernandez

National League Games (7)

St. Louis Cardinals (55-35) @ Chicago Cubs (41-49) – 4:05 pm

To start Friday’s games, Joe Kelly (0-3, 4.15) and the Cardinals try to take game two from Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.63) and the Cubs. Chicago had a great game last night, shutting out the Cardinals and winning a tight game.

The Cubs have a very good chance of taking a two game lead over the NL Central leading Cardinals. The pitching matchup favors Chicago for Friday afternoon’s game, but it’s doubtful that the St. Louis bats will be silenced a second straight game. This is an important game for Chicago who could potentially win this series if they can take game two.

Series score: CHC 1-0

New York Mets (40-48) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (54-36) – 7:05 pm

The impressive Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.39) battles Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.38) in a pitching matchup that may go under looked to many. Both have pitched well in their starts, but it will be the Pittsburgh bats that will need to come alive for the Pirates.

After a tough series against Oakland, the Pirates will look to avoid an upset against a very hot New York Mets team. The Mets are coming off an impressive series sweep in San Francisco and look to continue that success in Pittsburgh. The Pirates pitching staff has not disappointed, so New York will have to pitch and hit well to win. The Mets’ bats have been solid as of lately, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see New York win one or two games this series.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Torres vs. Burnett

Washington Nationals (47-44) @ Miami Marlins (33-57) – 7:10 pm

The Nationals come off a series loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and now travel to another divisional opponent in Miami. Washington will give their ace Stephen Strasburg (5-6, 2.45) to start as he faces Marlins’ pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 2.55).

This particular game will be a good pitching matchup, but the overall series heavily favor the Nationals. Miami has been playing well lately, but the Washington bats may be too much for the Marlins to seriously win at least two. Perhaps if the Miami bats perform well they can hang, but the Nationals’ offense shouldn’t have a problem keeping pace if that is the case.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Haren vs. Fernandez

Cincinnati Reds (51-40) @ Atlanta Braves (52-39) – 7:30 pm

This is easily one of the more exciting match ups in the national league. Game one didn’t disappoint as the bats came alive in a 6-5 game favoring Atlanta. In what should be another great game, Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 3.55) looks to take on the young pitching sensation Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45).

Both pitchers have performed better than what their numbers show. This may not be as high scoring of a game as last night. Regardless this series will feature more close games between two teams with very similar rosters. It will be an important game for Cincinnati, who has lost three of their last four games. It’s imperative for the Reds that Arroyo has a very good game as they can’t afford to lose another game or series.

Series score: ATL 1-0

Milwaukee Brewers (37-54) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (48-44) – 9:40 pm

 Tom Gorzelanny (1-2, 2.12) will try to redeem themselves and win game two against the Diamondbacks and their ace pitcher Patrick Corbin (10-1, 2.40). This will be a difficult game for Milwaukee to win, so it will have to be their bats that lead them to victory.

Arizona looked better after getting swept by the Dodgers, with their pitching staff really coming through last night. The Brewers pitching and defense may not be enough to win this series as Arizona’s bats seem to have the edge. Despite the Brewers playing well last night, they will need the offense to find some sort of surge if they want to avoid losing the series and possibly getting swept.

Series score: ARI 1-0

Colorado Rockies (44-49) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (46-45) – 10:10 pm

The Dodgers continue to win as they beat Colorado convincingly last night. The Rockies hope Juan Nicasio (4-4, 5.31) can turn things around. It will be difficult as they face arguably the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 1.89).

It’s hard to see Colorado win the series now, especially after getting shut down by the Dodgers’ five starter Chris Capuano. There’s not much to say for this game, unless Nicasio can pitch one of the best games of his life. The DL activiation of Rockie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki  give Colorado a shot against Kershaw, but it’s not very likely.

Series score: LAD 1-0

San Francisco Giants (41-50) @ San Diego Padres (41-52) – 10:10 pm

The Giants were finally able to win a game last night in San Diego, trying to get out of last place in the NL West. For game two, San Francisco will start Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.44), who has been in the news for wrong reasons recently. Padres start Sean O’Sullivan (0-0), who has seen limited playing time this season.

The Giants may put up more runs in this game compared to last now that they broke up their losing streak. San Diego already has a tough time hitting in their own park, and if Gaudin can put his recent issues behind him and pitch well, this game could get ugly. The Padres’ lineup needs to perform well to win this game.

Series score: SFO 1-0

Interleague Games (1):

Chicago White Sox (36-53) @ Philadelphia Phillies (45-47) – 7:05 pm

The White Sox enter inter league play with Philadelphia after an impressive series win over the first place Tigers. To start the first of three games, White Sox pitcher John Danks (2-6, 4.31) will battle Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) who had a great outing in his last start.

This should be a fun series to watch with the way both teams are coming off of their previous series matchup. On paper, it looks like Philadelphia has the edge for this game. But if Chicago’s offense can perform the way they did against solid Detroit pitching, they can easily win another series on the road.

Three game series: July 12th – July 14th

Next game probables: Santiago vs. Lannan

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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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