MLB Morning Lineup: July 22nd, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2013
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Yu Darvish
This is a quick preview for MLB’s scheduled games on Monday July 22nd, 2013.

Games – 14

AL Games – 7

NL Games – 6

IL Games – 1

American League Games (7):

New York Yankees (52-46) @ Texas Rangers (54-44) – 7:05 pm

Despite loosing the series, New York played well against a very good Boston ball club. The road doesn’t get easier for the Yankees as they now travel Southwest to face a struggling, but dangerous Rangers team.

Game one of this series will feature Ivan Nova (4-2, 3.63) taking on the return of Rangers’ pitcher Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.02). Nova has been pitching well since being added to the rotation, but Darvish will be the story Monday night. Texas will have their best pitcher on the mound for this game, so it’s imperative the Rangers’ bats strike early and often. This is a series neither team can afford to lose with both divisions in a ‘neck-and-neck’ race.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Hughes vs. Ogando

Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) @ Boston Red Sox (60-40) – 7:10 pm

In what is probably the most intriguing series starting the week, the red hot Rays travel to the red hot Red Sox. Rays’ ace Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44) gets the start in game one to face the winless Brandon Workman (0-0, 5.40).

This will be a fun series to watch as the top two teams in the AL East battle for a four game series. Tampa Bays’ pitching will be put to the test facing a very good Boston lineup on the road. Game one will help form an outlook on the Rays’ pitching when they have to face a good lineup on the road. Boston will get Tampa’s best pitcher immediately, so if they can hit Moore, the Rays’ hot streak may cool off this series.

If Tampa wants to win three games in Boston they will need to keep pace with the Boston bats at some point. It is possible Tampa’s pitching can carrying them, but unlikely with how Boston swings the bats.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Hernandez vs. Lester

Baltimore Orioles (58-43) @ Kansas City Royals (45-50) – 8:10 pm

This four game series begins with Oriole pitcher Scott Feldman (8-7, 3.86) taking on Wade Davis (45-50) in what should be a fun series to watch. Both teams have solid momentum after winning their last series against good competition.

Although the Royals defeated Detroit in two out of three games, their run production has been hit and miss. Baltimore’s lineup has been crushing all season, so Kansas City will more than likely have to rely on their bats getting ahead of Baltimore starting pitchers. These are two teams desperately trying to climb their division standings. Baltimore needs to take advantage of this series with Boston and Tampa Bay slugging it out for second place.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Hammel vs. Chen

Detroit Tigers (53-44) @ Chicago White Sox (39-56) – 8:10 pm

The Tigers get another chance to redeem themselves against the White Sox, who have won impressive series against first place teams. Game one of this divisional game features Detroit’s Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19) against lefty Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85).

This is the best pitching match up on paper for Monday’s slate of games. Although Detroit won their last game, their bats have disappeared starting the second half of the season. Facing Sale, the Tigers will need more than triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera to hit. It will take a full effort from everyone in the Tiger lineup to defeat the dangerous Sale. Scherzer may come back down to earth in the second half of the season, but this game will be a great test for him going up against a hot lineup and solid opponent in Sale.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Porcello vs. Santiago

Oakland Athletics (57-41) @ Houston Astros (33-64) – 8:10 pm

Despite loosing two in Anaheim, the Athletics look primed for a series win as they travel to Houston. Tommy Milone (8-8, 4.24) will get the start for Oakland as Houston will send Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.62) to the mound. The Astros would probably like to forget about their last series, getting swept at home to Seattle.

The Oakland bats don’t get any easier for tho Astros’ pitching staff, so they will have to hit Oakland’s starters to compete. Easier said than done however as Oakland’s team ERA ranks sixth in baseball. It would be surprising to see Houston win two out of three here, even if the A’s are without center fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Houston’s best chance of winning a game is probably tomorrow when their young stud Cosart takes the mound.

Three game series: July 22nd – July 24th

Next game probables: Parker vs. Cosart

Minnesota Twins (41-54) @ Los Angeles Angels (46-50) – 10:05 pm

Minnesota has been playing pretty solid baseball lately, taking two games in Cleveland. The Twins have a tougher opponent coming up though as the Angels have been playing well themselves. Samuel Deduno (5-4, 3.61) has been a great surprise for Minnesota, and will get the start opposite of the struggling Joe Blanton (2-12, 5.53).

Minnesota has a chance to win game one here as they are favored in the pitching match up. Although Deduno has been playing very well lately, look for the Angels’ bats to come alive. It may not be against Deduno, but this is an Angels team that has finally started to click the past few games. If Blanton can give Los Angeles a quality start then they have a good chance on winning, but don’t sleep on Deduno’s performance either. Deduno is capable of controlling a game, but Los Angeles will be a big test for the young pitcher.

Three game series: July 22nd – July 24th

Next game probables: Gibson vs. Hanson

Cleveland Indians (52-46) @ Seattle Mariners (46-52) – 10:10 pm

This is one of the better under looked series beginning this week. Both teams are quietly making their way up the division rankings with both teams producing tons of runs this season. Cleveland will start Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.56) for game one against Mariners’ starter Aaron Harang (4-8, 5.38).

This particular match up features inconsistent pitchers. With the way both teams are swinging, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both pitchers out before seven innings. This series should feature a lot of runs being scored, but more than anything look for one of these two teams to be in playoff discussion a month from now. This series is more important for theses ball clubs than what it may actually seem like for others.

Three game series: July 22nd – July 24th

Next game probables: McAllister vs. Ramirez

National League Games (6):

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-39) @ Washington Nationals (48-50) – 7:05 pm

Charlie Morton (1-2, 3.19) takes the mound for Pittsburgh in what should be an excellent series to watch. Washington will send out the unpredictable Dan Haren (4-10, 5.61) to try and give the Nationals their first win of the second half. The Dodgers just swept Washington in Washington, so look for the Nationals to come out with a ton of fire.

Pittsburgh lost two in Cincinnati, but they won a close game three that tested the Pirates’ clutch gene. Although the series should favorite both teams’ pitchers, this particular game could feature a lot of run scores. Haren will have to have a much more consistent second half for Washington to make a run in the NL East. This is a series neither team can afford to lose with both divisions in very tight races.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Cole vs. Jordan

Atlanta Braves (55-43) @ New York Mets (43-51) – 7:10 pm

The Mets have been playing solid baseball lately, both pitching and hitting very well. This series will be a good test for Atlanta, coming off of a series loss on the road to a less than impressive White Sox team.

To begin what should be a ‘dog fight’ series, Atlanta will start the young Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.35) against an impressive Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.32). The Mets are not as far out of it as many might think, and with an injured Braves ball club, this may be their chance to strike. It will take a lot from New York’s part though, mainly from their pitching staff. All in all, the team who can hit better over the next four games will ultimately win the series. The Braves have seen Gee before though, so to see them struggle like they did against Quintana isn’t very likely.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 24th

Next game probables: Medlen vs. Torres

San Diego Padres (43-56) @ Milwaukee Brewers (41-56) – 8:10 pm

This isn’t a very exciting series on paper, although both teams are playing very well to start the second half of the season. The Padres looked impressive against the first place Cardinals while the brew crew swept and shutout the visiting Marlins.

The way San Diego is hitting the ball lately, it would be unlikely to see Milwaukee shutout another team. However, the Brewers pitching staff has been on fire the past few weeks and we all know the Padre bats come and go. The series will begin with Padres’ pitcher Andrew Cashner (5-5, 3.81) taking on Brewers’ pitcher Tom Gorzelanny (1-3, 1.88). This series could favorite the better defensive team, which in that case would go to San Diego who ranks 10th in fewest errors made.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: TBD vs. Hand

Miami Marlins (35-61) @ Colorado Rockies (48-51) – 8:40 pm

The Marlins look to put their scoreless series behind them as they travel to the windy Rockies. Colorado is shaped up nicely to win the series, but in a hitter friendly ball park, don’t expect Miami to produce zero runs again. Game one will show Tom Koehler (1-5, 4.70) facing against Rockies’ starter Drew Pomeranz (0-3, 8.76) who is only making his fourth season start.

This would be a great game for the Miami bats to get back on track. They are facing a young pitcher who has lost all of his starts, not to mention playing in the hitter friendly Coors Field. This is going to be a long series for many baseball fans, but it’s a great chance for both teams to get back on track and improve in many ways. If Colorado can take three from the Marlins, they are right back in the hunt for that NL West pennant.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Fernandez vs. Chacin

Chicago Cubs (43-53) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (51-47) – 9:40 pm

The Cubs had problems leaving runners on base in Colorado while the Diamondbacks struggled with the Giants themselves. Both teams look to put last series’ losses behind them and come out aggressive in this series. An under looked, but very important series begins for these ball clubs as the trade-talked Matt Garza (6-1, 3.17) faces Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 4.03).

This is a better series than what it may show on paper as the Diamondbacks try desperately not to let their division lead be overtaken. The only problem for the Cubs, lately, has been leaving men on base; so look for Skaggs to have an impressive game if the Diamondbacks expect to win. This entire series will come down to the better pitching staff, which could see Arizona looking up at the Dodgers when the four games are over. Tomorrow’s game between these two teams will be an excellent pitching match up.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 25th

Next game probables: Wood vs. Corbin

Cincinnati Reds (55-43) @ San Francisco Giants (45-52) – 10:15 pm

Both teams look to continue their winning ways in what should be a fun three games to watch. The leg kick of Bronson Arroyo (8-7, 3.42) will take on the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (5-9, 4.26) in a very important game and series.

Both teams are trying to make their run at first place, and have been playing well too. Lincecum’s confidence is probably at an all time high after pitching a no-hitter in his last outing. Although this game has a late start time, it might be worth it to stay up and watch. Both teams have been playing great baseball lately with both pitchers playing their best all season. This is a series that is more important for San Francisco than it is Cincinnati; but both teams are desperate to make a move towards the pennant, so expect nothing less than a fight until the end.

Four game series: July 22nd – July 24th (double header on 23rd)

Next game probables: TBD vs. Kick ham

Interleague Games (1):

Los Angeles Dodgers (50-47) @ Toronto Blue Jays (45-52) – 7:07 pm

Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 3.09) and the Dodgers look to continue their winning ways as they travel across the border to face the Blue Jays and Josh Johnson (1-5, 5.16). Johnson has been better than what his numbers show, but the Blue Jays can’t get runners across home plate.

Toronto’s shortstop Jose Reyes had a huge hit late in the game, driving runners across the plate. However, Toronto couldn’t get Reyes home which ultimately solidified Tampa Bay’s sweep on them. These are two teams going in opposite directions right now. The Dodgers can’t seem to lose while the Blue Jays can’t seem to win.

Three game series: July 22nd – July 24th

Next game probables: Capuano vs. Redmond

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Thom Cunningham
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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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