MLB Morning Lineup: July 19th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013
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Ricky Nolasco

This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Friday July 19th, 2013.

Games – 15

AL Games – 7

NL Games – 7

IL Games – 1

American League Games (7):

Tampa Bay Rays (55-41) @ Toronto Blue Jays (45-49) – 7:07 pm

David Price (3-5, 3.94) takes the mound to try and continue Tampa Bay’s hot streak after the break. For game one, Toronto will start Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.64). This is a pretty decent pitching match up as both teams are looking to make a quick impact beginning the second half of the season.

Toronto will need their bats to come alive when they have runners in scoring position, despite finishing ninth in baseball in total runs scored during first half of play. Price missed about two months already, but has thrown back-to-back complete games in the month of July.

Three game series: July 19t – July 21st

Next game probables: Hellickson vs. Buehrle

New York Yankees (51-44) @ Boston Red Sox (58-39) – 7:10 pm

The Yankees and Red Sox begin a three game series in one of the better rivalries in all of sports. The Yankees will start left-handed veteran Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39) to face Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91) and the impressive Red Sox.

Boston leads all baseball in total runs scored entering the All-Star break with 498. Doubront himself has been impressive for the Red Sox, pitching in three consecutive quality starts. The Yankees haven’t been on base a lot this season (.307 OBP), but have found themselves only six games back of first place. The Yankees’ bats will have to surge for them to make a serious run at the pennant.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Kuroda vs. Lackey

Baltimore Orioles (53-43) @ Texas Rangers (54-41) – 8:05 pm

Wei-Yin Chen (4-3, 2.82) will kick off an exciting three game series for Baltimore as they travel to Arlington and face Derek Holland (8-4, 3.08) and the Texas Rangers. Chen missed all of June, but had an impressive return to the month of July.

Holland has been on fire as of lately, being the starting pitcher that finally out-dualed Tigers’ starter Max Scherzer. These are two very similar teams with big bats and a big rotation of starting pitchers.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Gonzalez vs. Wolf

Cleveland Indians (51-44) @ Minnesota Twins (39-53) – 8:10 pm

The Indians have been a pleasant surprise this season, despite finishing 26th in total runs scored during first half of play. To start the second half of the season, Cleveland sends Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.60) to the mound opposite of Mike Pelfrey (4-7, 5.55) and the struggling Twins.

The Indians have a serious shot at winning the AL Central pennant, although they will need some sort of big slump from Detroit to finish the season. Surprisingly, the Indians have been successful even with finishing at the bottom in runs scored. Cleveland’s pitching hasn’t been dominate either, finishing 26th in total ERA.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Kluber vs. Correia

Detroit Tigers (52-42) @ Kansas City Royals (43-49) – 8:10 pm

In what is an under looked, but important divisional series, Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.93) and the first place Tigers travel to Kansas City to face the blue glove of Ervin Santana (5-6, 3.37). It’s hard not to see Detroit dominate from here on out. The Tigers are second in total runs scored so far and have had decent pitching.

This series is going under looked though, especially with Cleveland just one game behind the Tigers. The Royals can compete and have proven so this season, so if Detroit’s not careful here, they could find themselves trailing Cleveland after this weekend’s games.

Three game series: July 19th – July 1st

Next game probables: Verlander vs. Shields

Seattle Mariners (43-52) @ Houston Astros (33-61) – 8:10 pm

Left-handed Joe Saunders (8-8, 4.24) looks to help propel the M’s during the second half of play. The Mariners are actually second in all of baseball for total home runs hit with 115. Bud Norris (6-8, 3.63) and the Astros will try to slow down their bats as they host the powerful Mariners.

The M’s are only batting .244 as a team however. Neither team really has a good shot of making a serious run at the pennant. However, this should be a fun series to watch between two teams that have a lot to prove to themselves. Houston has the worst ERA in baseball with 4.83. Something to watch for this series are the pitching match ups. Despite not being a very exciting series to watch on paper, the first two games feature some pretty solid pitching match ups.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Iwakuma vs. Bedard

Oakland Athletics (56-39) @ Los Angeles Angels (44-49) – 10:05 pm

Despite the Angels struggling, this should be one of the more exciting series to watch this weekend. The Angels still have a chance to make a run in the AL West, and what a better way to start the test than to face the division leading Oakland Athletics.

The A’s begin the series with A.J. Griffin (8-6, 3.68) facing off against Angels’ ace Jered Weaver (3-5, 3.63). Weaver missed most of the season already, so it will be important for his ball club that he gets off to a great start. The Angels are in trouble right now and will need this lineup to start putting together strings of runs. It will be difficult as the Oakland pitching staff has been dominant, ranking seventh in total ERA.

Oakland is a team right now that looks like a World Series contender. Their pitching staff has gone over looked as being dominant and their bats have helped them gain top ten honors in total runs scored.

Three game series: July 29th – July 21st

Next game probables: Straily vs. Wilson

National League Games (7):

Los Angeles Dodgers (47-47) @ Washington Nationals (48-47) – 7:05 pm

Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.76) and the Dodgers kick off the second half of the MLB season when they travel to Washington to take on ace Stephen Strasburg (5-7, 2.99). This is the best series to watch this weekend with two surging teams looking to finally break open.

This is an important cross-country series with both teams desperately trying to make a run at first place in their respected divisions. Both teams have had to overcome their fair share of injuries. Both team’s bats are pretty even, with Los Angeles having a better on-base percentage. It will be interesting to see how these two division favorites respond in this series after disappointing first half performances.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Greinke vs. Gonzalez

Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) @ New York Mets (41-50) – 7:10 pm

The Phillies try to gain more momentum in their division traveling to the site of the 2013 All-Star game. In game one, Philadelphia sends starter Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68) to the mound, who has had an impressive season thus far. Opposite of him will be Mets’ starter Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33), who has had an impressive season himself.

This particular match up should be a solid pitching performance, although neither pitcher is expected to go seven or eight innings. The Phillies have a good chance to catch up with Atlanta in this series, but will need to jump early and often on the Mets starting pitching without letting them ‘hang around’ in games. The Mets have shown that if you give them a chance to strike, they will.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Hamels vs. Wheeler

Pittsburgh Pirates (56-37) @ Cincinnati Reds (53-42) – 7:10 pm

In what should be a very interesting series to watch, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Francisco Liriano (9-3, 2.00) travel to division foe Cincinnati. The Reds will start Mike Leake (8-4, 2.69) in what is a very important NL Central series.

This series features two evenly matched teams fighting for the top spot in a very tight NL Central race. Both teams had an impressive first half of the season, each pitching staff earning their team top four rankings in total ERA. Actually, Pittsburgh is ranked first in total ERA with Cincinnati being fourth. Playing in Cincinnati could mean a lot of runs, but it’s been the pitching staff that has brought success to both of these teams so far.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Burnett vs. Latos

Miami Marlins (35-58) @ Milwaukee Brewers (38-56) – 8:10 pm

This series does not look very intriguing on paper, but it could present some exciting games. For the Marlins, they send out young prospect Jacob Turner (3-1, 2.33) to face Brewers’ veteran and former Cardinal Kyle Lohse (5-7, 3.67).

There isn’t much to say about this series other than it featuring many young players that have a chance to become great in the near future. Surprisingly, the Marlins have recorded fewer errors than the Brewers this season. Ultimately, this series will come down to the team that makes less mistakes in the field. If Milwaukee’s starters can pitch well though, Miami (who ranks last in total runs) will be in trouble.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Eovaldi vs. Gallardo

San Diego Padres (42-54) @ St. Louis Cardinals (57-36) – 8:15 pm

The Padres, who are slumping, travel to the first place Cardinals, who are thriving. Game one of this series will feature Padre starter Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.77) going up against Jake Westbrook (5-4, 2.88). Both pitchers are having fantastic seasons for their ball clubs as Marquis is still searching for win number 10.

This game will be a good pitching match up, but it will be on Marquis to keep the Cardinals’ bats at bay. This is an important series for St. Louis to win, especially with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh beating up on each other throughout the weekend.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Volquez vs. Lynn

Chicago Cubs (42-51) @ Colorado Rockies (46-50) – 8:40 pm

This is another series that will be under looked this weekend as the red hot Cubs take on the Rockies. This is an important series for both teams who believe they have a fighting chance to make a run. Cubs’ starter Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 4.06) will try to continue the hot streak against Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.21) and the Rockies.

Although two quality pitchers take the mound Friday night, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a lot of hits. Both teams finished the first half of the season in the top 15 in total runs scored.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Villanueva vs. Nicasio

Arizona Diamondbacks (50-45) @ San Francisco Giants (43-51) – 10:15 pm

The trade-talked Ian Kennedy (3-6, 5.42) will start game one for Arizona as they travel to the bay area and face Chad Gaudin (3-1, 2.39). Kennedy has had a rough season so far, but will need to have a quality start against Gaudin and the Giants.

San Francisco played well heading into the All-Star break with a series win over the Padres. It’s still a bit early in the year, so the Giants will have to sweep the first place Diamondbacks if they want a shot at the pennant. This is an important series for both clubs to win, not just San Francisco. The Diamondbacks need to be careful and not lose the series with the Dodgers lurking only a few games back.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Miley vs. Cain

Interleague Games (1):

Atlanta Braves (54-41) @ Chicago White Sox (37-55) – 8:10 pm

Two veterans begin this interleague series as Braves’ sinker ball pitcher Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02) battles left-handed John Danks (2-6, 4.31). Although Atlanta’s bats have been the talk of this team’s success, it’s really been their pitching.

Atlanta ranks second in total ERA with 3.29. Despite a pretty impressive lineup, the White Sox bats have only mustered up a total of 345 runs which ranks 29th in the MLB. This series favorites Atlanta for multiple reasons, and they need to take advantage of it. The Phillies have been quietly winning games while the Nationals continue to stay afloat without completely sinking. Some good news for White Sox fans is that pitcher Jake Peavy is scheduled to return on Saturday.

Three game series: July 19th – July 21st

Next game probables: Maholm vs. Peavy

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Thom Cunningham
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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