Wednesday's NL Action
July 24, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
Pirates at Nationals - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: F. Liriano (9-4, 2.44 ERA) vs. S. Strasburg (5-7, 2.97 ERA)
Series recap: Pittsburgh silenced Washington's struggling bats on Tuesday, 5-1 to take the second straight game in this set. The Pirates cashed as short underdogs, while the 'under' of 8 ½ came through.
Recent streaks: After losing of eight of 11 in mid-July, the Pirates have rebounded with three consecutive victories. Pittsburgh has won 10 of its past 14 games away from PNC Park, while Washington has dropped all five games since the All-Star break. The Nats have won just once since July 10, a 1-8 stretch, while scoring three runs or less seven times.
Braves at Mets - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: T. Hudson (7-7, 4.08 ERA) vs. J. Hefner (4-7, 3.93 ERA)
Series recap: Atlanta rallied for two runs in the ninth inning of the opener, 2-1 on Monday, but its offense stalled in Tuesday's 4-1 defeat. The Mets overcame an early solo homer to cash as $1.20 underdogs, while beating the Braves for the fourth time in six tries.
Recent streaks: The Braves are now 1-7 in their last eight games off a win, while posting a 6-1 record the previous seven contests off a loss. The Mets are playing better of late with wins in eight of their last 12 trips to the field, including a 6-2 mark to the 'under' the past eight contests.
Padres at Brewers - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: S. O'Sullivan (0-1, 6.43 ERA) vs. K. Lohse (6-7, 3.49 ERA)
Series recap: Since the Ryan Braun suspension news broke, the Brewers have been unable to pick up a victory. The Padres grabbed up a second straight triumph at Miller Park on Tuesday, 6-2 as $1.20 underdogs. Each of the first two games in this series barely finished 'under' the total of 8 ½.
Recent streaks: Milwaukee is riding a solid 12-1 'under' stretch, including nine straight 'unders' at Miller Park. The Padres haven't won three consecutive road games since pulling off a sweep over the Dodgers in mid-April, while going 3-1 on the highway since dropping 10 straight away from Petco Park.
Phillies at Cardinals - 8:15 PM EST
Probables: J. Lannan (2-3, 3.76 ERA) vs. J. Westbrook (6-4, 2.88 ERA)
Series recap: St. Louis grabbed the opener, 4-1 as heavy home favorites on Tuesday. The Redbirds have been listed as at least a $1.90 'chalk' in all four games since the All-Star break, while St. Louis improved to 3-2 against Philadelphia this season.
Recent streaks: The Phillies have lost three straight games since winning three in a row, while scoring just five runs during this skid. Since getting swept by the Rangers, the Cardinals have won eight of their past nine at Busch Stadium, even though seven of those victories came against last-place opponents (Marlins, Padres, and Astros).
Marlins at Rockies - 8:40 PM EST
Probables: J. Turner (3-2, 2.44 ERA) vs. J. De La Rosa (9-5, 3.12 ERA)
Series recap: The inept Miami offense found a way to plate some runs the last two nights, including in Tuesday's 4-2 victory. Miami cashed again in the road 'dog role, while the game easily stayed 'under' the total of nine.
Recent streaks: The Marlins are in the midst of seven consecutive 'unders,' which included three games in which they were blanked at Milwaukee. Colorado's hot start to the season has fallen by the wayside by posting a 7-11 record this month. The Rockies have lost three straight games at home four times this season, so don't expect Colorado to automatically "bounce back" tonight.
Cubs at Diamondbacks - 9:40 PM EST
Probables: J. Samardzija (6-9, 3.91 ERA) vs. I. Kennedy (3-7, 5.29 ERA)
Series recap: Arizona's offense busted out late in a 10-4 rout of Chicago last night, as all ten runs came in the fifth inning or later. The D-Backs bounced back as heavy favorites after losing the series opener to the Cubs on Monday, 4-2.
Recent streaks: Arizona has lost four of its past six games, while dropping six of Kennedy's previous seven starts. The Cubs have been up and down of late by posting an 8-6 record the last 14 games, while compiling a 5-1 mark the last six off a road loss.
Reds at Giants - 10:15 PM EST
Probables: M. Leake (9-4, 2.79 ERA) vs. C. Gaudin (4-1, 2.15 ERA)
Series recap: Cincinnati trounced San Francisco in the opener, 11-0 on Monday in the road 'dog role. The two teams split an odd doubleheader last night as the Giants won the nightcap as the 'away' team, 5-3 in a make-up game from a rain-out in Cincinnati on July 4. The victory was the first for the Giants in six tries against the Reds this season, coming off last season's improbable comeback in the NLDS.
Recent streaks: The Reds have won each of their last four games off a loss, while going 5-2 in their last seven road games. The Giants snapped a three-game skid with Tuesday's victory, while San Francisco is 3-8 in its previous 11 home contests.
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