MLB Morning Lineup: July 25th, 2013

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Thursday July 25th, 2013.

Games – 14

AL Games – 7

NL Games – 7

American League Games (7):

New York Yankees (53-48) @ Texas Rangers (56-45) – 2:05 pm

Hiroki Kuroda (9-6, 2.65) takes the mound for New York, opposite of Derek Holland (8-5, 3.10) for the final game of the series. Holland has pitched the most innings for Texas as their pitchers have caught the injury bug this season.

The Yankees have been playing Texas closer than expected, but they had to beat a very good Joe Nathan to win game two. It’s unlikely Holland struggles greatly in this game; but if Kuroda has a solid performance, the Yankees could easily tie the series.

Series score: TEX 2-1

Detroit Tigers (56-44) @ Chicago White Sox (39-59) – 2:10 pm

The Tigers bounced back nicely in this series with a chance to sweep today. Game three will feature Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander (10-7, 3.69) taking on White Sox trade bait Jake Peavy (7-4, 4.19). This pitching match up has the potential to be the best on the day.

Verlander has struggled recently, but he’s a former CY Young and MVP winner, so to say he can’t perform well is just plain dumb. Peavy had an okay outing against Atlanta, but his second start after returning from injury should be more of a comfort for him. Verlander’s performance will dictate this game.

Series score: DET 3-0

Houston Astros (34-66) @ Toronto Blue Jays (45-55) – 7:07 pm

The Blue Jays are coming off of a disastrous series against the Dodgers while Houston, although losing, is coming off of a pretty impressive series against Oakland. To start this series, Houston starter Erik Bedard (3-7, 4.41) will battle Mark Buehrle (5-7, 4.83).

Bedard took himself out of his last start where he had a no hitter through 6.1 innings played. The Blue Jays’ pennant chances are as good as buried, but this would be an important series for them to bounce back. The Blue Jays are easily favored in this series based off of their lineup; but if Bedard and the rest of Houston’s pitching staff can pitch the way they did to Oakland, they could leave Toronto with two or three games won.

Four game series: July 25th – July 28th

Next game probables: Lyles vs. Dickey

Tampa Bay Rays (60-42) @ Boston Red Sox (61-42) – 7:10 pm

In what has been a fun series to watch, game four will basically be for the first place throne in the AL East. The final game of the series will feature Rays’ pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (9-3, 4.62) taking on Red Sox veteran John Lackey (7-7, 2.95).

This game can go either way as the pitching match up is very even. Tampa Bay’s pitching has been lights out the past couple of weeks, but Lackey has been playing well himself. This could be a low scoring game, but the hits tally may be high. It’s unlikely Boston’s bats will struggle against Hellickson the way they did Price, but it wouldn’t be surprisingly with how well the Rays’ pitching staff has played.

Series score: TMB 2-1

Baltimore Orioles (57-45) @ Kansas City Royals (47-51) – 8:10 pm

The Royals bounced back nicely in this series, winning two in a row after being shutout in game one. Miguel Gonzalez (8-3, 3.34) for Baltimore takes on Jeremy Guthrie (9-7, 4.41) in what should be and excellent game four to watch.

This is one of the more over looked games on the day. This game features a pretty even pitching match up between two teams desperate to gain ground on the teams ahead of them. It would be a good opportunity for Baltimore to at least tie the series with New York struggling and Boston and Tampa Bay beating up on each other.

Series score: KNC 2-1

Los Angeles Angels (47-52) @ Oakland Athletics (59-42) – 10:05 pm

C.J. Wilson (10-6, 3.15) and the Angels begin a four game series in Oakland. This should be a great divisional match up as the rookie Dan Straily (6-3, 4.14) will start for the A’s.

The Angels ar coming off of embarrassing losses at him to the Minnesota Twins. Oakland has been struggling at the plate, especially shortstop Jed Lowrie. This match up favors the Angels both on the mound and in the lineup. Great new for Los Angeles is that outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to return today.

Four game series: July 25th – July 28th

Next game probables: Williams vs.Colon

Minnesota Twins (43-55) @ Seattle Mariners (48-53) – 10:10 pm

Both teams are coming off of impressive series wins as they begin a four game series tonight. For Minnesota, they’ll start Kevin Correia (7-6, 4.14) opposite of Mariners’ pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4, 2.99).

The match up on the mound favors Seattle, and their bats have been on fire these past few weeks. Seattle is quietly climbing up the AL West rankings, and they are set up nicely to win both games one and two of this series. Minnesota has been playing well themselves though, so expect this over looked series to be a close exciting one.

Four game series: July 25th – July 28th

Next game probables: Diamond vs. Hernandez

National League Games (7):

Atlanta Braves (57-44) @ New York Mets (44-53) – 12:10 pm

The Braves’ bats came alive in last night’s contest, winning 8-2. In the series finale, Atlanta will start the young Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45) against another young pitcher in Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58). Atlanta’s injuries continue after Braves’ starter Tim Hudson brooke his ankle last night, resulting in his departure for the season.

With Wood now in the rotation, he will get an opportunity to permanently fill in Hudson’s role until Brandon Beachy returns. The Mets are trying to avoid injuries themselves after third baseman David Wright took a broken bat to the back of his neck last night. Wright claims he can play but we’ll see what the lineup card looks like for game four of this series.

Series score: ATL 2-1

Pittsburgh Pirates (60-39) @ Washington Nationals (48-53) – 12:35 pm

The Nationals are free falling while the Pirates continue to hang afloat in a very tight NL Central race. With a chance to sweep the Nationals on the road, Pittsburgh will start A.J. Burnett (4-7, 3.07) against left-handed Gio Gonzlaez (7-3, 2.89).

This pitching match up favors the Nationals, but Burnett has been better than expected this season. The biggest question after this series is the closing role for Pittsburgh. So far they have been able to win games without their main closer, but how long will they be able to keep it up? With Gonzalez on the mound this is a game Washington should win and avoid being swept.

Series score: PIT 3-0

San Diego Padres (45-57) @ Milwaukee Brewers (42-58) – 2:10 pm

In what is one of the better pitching match ups on the day, Padres’ starter Edinson Volquez (7-8, 5.73) battles Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo (8-8, 4.58). This has been a very exciting series to watch despite both teams far behind the pennant lead.

The Brewers were able to avoid being swept with a close 3-1 victory in last night’s game. Milwaukee’s bullpen has actually been performing well since Francisco Rodriguez took over as the closer. If Milwaukee can give the ball to their bullpen with a lead, they could tie this series. San Diego’s hitting frenzy finally ended yesterday with a solid Lohse performance.

Series score: SND 2-1

Miami Marlins (37-62) @ Colorado Rockies (49-53) – 3:10 pm

Colorado avoided being swept with a tight 2-1 victory over Miami. Surprisingly the Rockies’ bats have cooled off this series, but also give credit to the Marlins’ pitching staff in a hitter friendly ballpark. The final game of this close and exciting series features Marlins’ pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 4.15) taking the mound against Juan Nicasio (6-4, 4.73).

This game could feature higher run tallies than the past three games showed. It’s imperative for Colorado to tie and not lose this series. The Dodgers are rolling and the Diamondbacks still hold a slight lead over Colorado. This was a series the Rockies needed to win in order to keep pace with the NL West, but they’re now in danger of losing it at home to a team they should beat.

Series score: MIA 2-1

Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) @ St. Louis Cardinals (61-37) – 7:10 pm

This game features a great pitching match up as Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) of the Phillies takes on Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13) of the Cardinals. St. Louis has looked dominant in this series, but pending a Kendrick performance, this game could be different.

Philly will have to hit Lynn, which is obviously easier said than done. Lynn has been lights out this season, but so has Kendrick. This is an intriguing pitching match up where the Phillies have a shot to win if they can keep it close throughout. It’s tough to see St. Louis lose with the way they’ve been playing, but every game to them is important with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati breathing right down their necks.

Series score: STL 2-0

Chicago Cubs (45-54) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (52-49) – 9:40 pm

This is a must win game for the Diamondbacks as the Dodgers have officially come back. In a very important game for Arizona, they will send Wade Miley (6-8, 4.03) to the mound opposite of Cubs’ pitcher Carlos Villanueva (2-6, 4.16).

The Cubs have been a pleasant surprise this season while Arizona is desperately trying to hold onto first place in the NL West. If Arizona can swing the bats the way they did in game two, almost nobody can beat them. However, it’s been the Diamondbacks’ bullpen that has hurt them, along with some starting pitching. This is one of the more important games on tap with the NL West lead now in jeopardy.

Series score: CHC 2-1

Cincinnati Reds (58-44) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47) – 10:10 pm

Mat Latos (9-3, 3.53) of the Reds battles Zack Greinke (8-2, 3.36) of the Dodgers in the most intriguing pitching match up on the day. This is the beginning of what should be an excellent four game series. Both teams are battling for first place in their respected division, with both teams hitting the ball extremely well.

It’s hard not to get excited for this series if you’r a baseball fan. These are two playoff caliber teams going head-to-head for chance to gain ground on their divisional opponents. This particular match up should feature a low run tally, but with how these teams are hitting it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both starters give up roughly five earned runs. This is a great match up leading into a great series.

Four game series: July 25th – July 28th

Next game probables: Bailey vs. Kershaw

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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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