MLB Morning Lineup: July 14th, 2013
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Sunday July 14th, 2013
Games – 15
AL Games – 7
NL Games – 7
IL Games – 1
American League Games (7):
Kansas City Royals (43-48) @ Cleveland Indians (50-44) – 1:05 pm
Kansas City ace James Shields (4-6, 3.12) will try to give the Royals their first win of the series against Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 3.47) and the tribe. Cleveland has a good chance to sweep the Royals, but will need to jump on top of Shields early.
The bat of Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall propelled this team to victory yesterday, hitting a grand slam in the 6th inning. On paper it looks like Shields has the advantage, but Ubaldo shined in his last start and will need to do it again against a very potent Blue Jays’ lineup.
Series score: CLE 2-0
Minnesota Twins (38-53) @ New York Yankees (51-43) – 1:05 pm
The Yankees have only lost one game when scoring five or more runs this season. With pitcher C.C. Sabathia (9-7, 3.99) on the mound, the Yankees look for more run support heading into game three.
Kyle Gibson (1-2, 7.27) will start for Minnesota after an impressive game yesterday from starter Deduno. Sabathia went all nine innings last start, recording another complete game. Gibson will have to have a solid performance on the mound for Minnesota to take this series. Although C.C. has seven losses on the year, the Yankees bats have a good chance of teeing off with their ace pitching game three.
Series score: 1-1
Texas Rangers (54-40) @ Detroit Tigers (51-42) – 1:08 pm
After an impressive last start, Texas will let Martin Perez (3-1, 2.08) get the final start before the All-Star break. Tigers will start their former MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (9-6, 3.71). Verlander had a rough outing during his last start, and hopes to turn things around facing the surprinsgly impressive Perez.
Texas was able to give Scherzer his first loss of the season, tallying a total of seven runs last night. Both games have been lop-sided, but if both pitchers play to their potential, game three could feature less runs and a closer game. This is a big series for both teams to win heading into the All-Star break.
Series score: 1-1
Toronto Blue Jays (45-48) @ Baltimore Orioles (52-43) – 1:35 pm
The Blue Jays were finally able to notch a win against division foe Baltimore. For the final game of this three game series, Toronto will start Josh Johnson (1-4, 4.62). Opposite of him will be the former Cub Scott Feldman (7-7, 3.87), looking for his first win as an Oriole.
Toronto was able to get runners across home plate yesterday, a problem they’ve been having. Give credit to the Blue Jay pitching staff who only allowed a very hot Baltimore lineup to record tree runs. This should be a fun game three to watch which will rely heavily on which starter has a more impressive game. Both pitchers have the potential to shut down any lineup they face, but have both been inconsistent this season.
Series score: 1-1
Houston Astros (33-60) @ Tampa Bay Rays (54-41) – 1:40 pm
The Astros almost won a close game two yesterday after snapping Tampa Bay’s winning streak in game one. For the final game, Houston will turn to veteran Erik Bedard (3-5, 4.67) to try and give Houston the series win. The Tampa Bay pitchers have been the most impressive over the past few weeks and will hope to continue that trend with pitcher Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59) getting the start.
Archer had an impressive start in his last outing, but he will face an experienced pitcher on Sunday. This matchup favorites Tampa Bay, but if Houston can somehow rattle the Rays’ starter early and often, they could potentially take the series. Bedard’s performance will rely heavily on the outcome for Houston as he will need to have a quality start with the way Tampa’s been pitching.
Series score: 1-1
Boston Red Sox (58-38) @ Oakland Athletics (55-39) – 4:05 pm
Brandon Workman (0-0, 13.50) will get his first start of the season in game three against the Athletics. Bartolo Colon (12-3, 2.69) will start game three for Oakland after they were able to tie the series with a 3-0 win last night.
This game favors Oakland heavily, and if Workman plays the way his ERA reads, it could be a long day for Boston. The only way Boston has chance to win this game is to destroy Colon. It’s very unlikely Workman controls the Oakland bats. With Tampa and Texas right behind both of these first place teams, winning the series is crucial before the midway break.
Series score: 1-1
Los Angeles Angels (44-48) @ Seattle Mariners (42-52) – 4:10 pm
The Angels look to avoid being swept Sunday when they start the very disappointing Joe Blanton (2-11, 5.40). Blanton will look to turn his and Los Angeles’ season around with a game three win over Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4, 2.97) and the Mariners.
Seattle has now taken two straight against the Angels, winning both games by five or more runs. Los Angeles’ pitching staff has been giving up a lot to Seattle, and with Blanton on the mound, game three may not be any different. The Angels will have to take advantage of Iwakuma who was lit up in his last start against Boston. Getting swept by Seattle isn’t exactly what the Angels want heading into the All-Star break as their season worries continue.
Series score: SEA 2-0
National League Games (7):
Washington Nationals (47-47) @ Miami Marlins (35-57) – 1:10 pm
An exciting game two went Miami’s way after Giancarlo Stanton‘s home run sent the game to extras, where the Marlins eventually won. It would be a surprise to see Miami sweep Washington, but it’s very possible. The Nationals send Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45) onto the mound to avoid the sweep against a pretty solid Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 5.73).
This game is very evenly matched from the pitching perspective. National outfielder Bryce Harper can’t afford to get ejected from this game as he did last. Washington is trying to avoid a sweep and can’t afford any losses with both Atlanta and Philadelphia playing good ball.
Series score: MIA 2-0
Cincinnati Reds (52-42) @ Atlanta Braves (54-40) – 1:35 pm
In the final of an exciting four game series, Cincinnati pitcher Tony Cingrani (3-1, 3.30) will go up against Julio Teheran (7-4, 3.09) in what should be a great game. These are two young and talented pitchers who have been dominant throughout the first half of the season.
The Braves are still dealing with the injury bug in the outfield, so look for Cincinnati to try and expose that. The depth the Braves have is now going to be a factor for this ball club. They were able to overcome the adversity beating Cincinnati in game three, but Cingrani’s performances this season may be too much for Atlanta’s backups. Look for the Braves usual starters (Freeman, McCann, Simmons, etc…) to have a big game if they want to beat Cingrani. Teheran’s performance will determine the outcome of this game.
Series score: ATL 2-1
New York Mets (40-50) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (56-36) – 1:35 pm
The Mets have been playing good baseball lately, losing to the Pirates twice by two or fewer runs. It was Andrew McCutchen who came through for Pittsburgh last night, recording a big home run and ultimately hitting the game winning single.
For the final game, New York hopes Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60) can give their team another solid pitching performance when he faces future star Gerrit Cole (4-2, 3.68). On paper it looks like Pittsburgh will sweep, but the Mets have been competitive as of late. If Gee can keep New York in a close game like the past two, they have a chance of winning. It will be tough however as Pittsburgh’s bullpen has been just as impressive as their starting rotation.
Series score: PIT 2-0
Colorado Rockies (45-50) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (47-46) – 4:10 pm
The Dodgers are back over .500 and continue to make a run for first place. Former Marlin Ricky Nolasco (6-8, 3.70) will get the start for Los Angeles to face the difficult name of Jhoulys Chacin (8-4, 3.62) and the Rockies.
It has been a low scoring series with only a total of four runs in the past two games. Game four may be no different with two under rated and quality pitchers take the mound. This is an important series before the break, and with Arizona continuing to win, both teams need this game to try and keep pace.
Series score: LAD 2-1
Milwaukee Brewers (37-56) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (50-44) – 4:10 pm
Despite the Brewers playing great baseball, they dropped another game to the Diamondbacks. The past two games won by Arizona have been a one run game, so give credit to the Arizona pitching staff for helping this team win versus a hot ball club.
Game three will feature Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta (6-9, 4.82) who went all nine innings in his last start. Opposite of Peralta will be Ian Kennedy (3-5, 5.31) who has seen better seasons. The pitching matchup favors Milwaukee in this game, although this could be a high scoring game. It’s not crucial Arizona sweep Milwaukee with all other four NL West teams beating up on each other this weekend.
Series score: ARI 3-0
San Francisco Giants (43-50) @ San Diego Padres (41-54) – 4:10 pm
The Giants have now won three straight, all against the Padres. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum recorded a no-hitter against the slumping Padres in last night’s contest. Going for the sweep will be lefty Barry Zito (4-6, 4.62) up against San Diego pitcher Eric Stults (7-7, 3.50).
Stults has had an impressive season, but if the Padres’ bats continue to disappoint then it won’t matter. Zito is a pretty consistent pitcher for most part and the Giants are playing outstanding defense. It seems San Francisco has put that embarrassing home series behind them, and have looked like the World Series Champions were accustomed to seeing throughout this series.
Series score: SFO 3-0
St. Louis Cardinals (56-36) @ Chicago Cubs (42-50) – 8:05 pm
Sunday night baseball’s matchup features an important game four for both clubs. St. Louis tries to keep pace in a tight NL Central race while Chicago will look to take the series from their divisional foe.
The Cubs have been playing great in this series. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been on fire, recording two extra base hits last night. Chicago’s bullpen has been pitching well against a good Cardinal lineup, so Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.30) can’t take any chances and give his team all the help they can get. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood (6-6, 2.69) has been impressive this season, so both team’s bats need to come out aggressive.
Series score: CHC 2-1
Interleague Games (1):
Chicago White Sox (37-53) @ Philadelphia Phillies (46-48) – 1:35 pm
Both games yesterday were very close, each team only winning by one run. Yesterday’s double header featured a mixed lineup, so expect both team’s starters to play, being the last game before the All-Star break.
Series score: 1-1