Wednesday's Top Action
August 7, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
Braves at Nationals - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: K. Medlen (8-10, 3.85 ERA) vs. J. Zimmermann (13-6, 3.06 ERA)
Series recap: Atlanta rallied past Washington in the opener, 3-2 as the Braves won their 11th straight game. The Braves made it 12 in a row on Tuesday with another low-scoring victory, while improving to 5-0 this season at Nationals Park.
Current trends: The Braves have hit the 'under' in each of the last four games, while owning a 9-3 record the last 12 away contests within the division. Washington has lost five of its previous seven games overall, while going just 4-9 the last 13 contests at Nationals Park.
Tigers at Indians - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: D. Fister (10-5, 3.52 ERA) vs. J. Salazar (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
Series recap: Detroit shocked Cleveland with a four-run ninth inning, capping a 4-2 comeback victory in Monday's opener. The Tigers received a terrific pitching effort from Justin Verlander in Tuesday's 5-1 triumph, as Detroit has won 10 of the past 11 meetings with Cleveland.
Current trends: Detroit is rolling at the moment with 14 wins in the last 15 games, while posting a 9-1 record the past 10 divisional contests. After winning 11 straight at home, the Indians have lost each of their last two at Progressive Field, as Cleveland looks to avoid its first three-game home skid since April.
Rockies at Mets - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: J. Chacin (10-5, 3.40 ERA) vs. M. Harvey (8-3, 2.21 ERA)
Series recap: New York held off Colorado, 3-2 as short home favorites on Tuesday, while the 'under' of eight easily cashed. After dropping the first three meetings with the Rockies, the Mets have won the last two matchups with Colorado.
Current trends: The Rockies have lost seven of their past eight games, while scoring two runs or less in five of the last six contests. The Mets are riding a 6-1 'under' stretch the last seven games, while going 1-4 the past five home contests off a win.
Yankees at White Sox - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: C.C. Sabathia (9-10, 4.78 ERA) vs. H. Santiago (3-7, 3.28 ERA)
Series recap: Despite the return of Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees' lineup, New York's struggles continued with a pair of losses in the first two games at Chicago. The Sox edged the Yankees last night, 3-2 to bring home the money as $1.20 favorites.
Current trends: Chicago has won five straight home meetings with New York since last season, while the Yankees have lost five consecutive starts made by Sabathia. The Sox have won two in a row following a 10-game skid, while seeking their first three-game winning streak since mid-June.
Dodgers at Cardinals - 8:15 PM EST
Probables: R. Nolasco (7-9, 3.68 ERA) vs. S. Miller (11-7, 2.89 ERA)
Series recap: Los Angeles remained on fire away from Southern California by picking up its 15th consecutive road victory on Monday. The Dodgers squeezed by the Cardinals, 3-2, while cashing as $1.45 underdogs to capture the series opener. However, the Cards rebounded against Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory as home underdogs to snap L.A.'s hot streak.
Current trends: The Dodgers are 10-1 to the 'under' the last 11 games, including five straight 'unders' on the road. Los Angeles is 8-0 the last eight contests off a loss, while not dropping consecutive games since late June. The Cardinals own an 11-2 record the past 13 games at Busch Stadium, but have split their last 10 home contests against NL West competition.
Rays at Diamondbacks - 9:40 PM EST
Probables: C. Archer (6-4, 2.65 ERA) vs. R. Delgado (4-3, 3.17 ERA)
Series recap: Tampa Bay's West Coast swing started off with a dud by losing at Arizona, 6-1 as short road favorites last night. The D-Backs have taken two of three meetings with the Rays since last week, while outscoring Tampa Bay, 13-1 in the two victories.
Current trends: Tampa Bay has cashed seven straight 'unders,' while going 8-2 the last 10 road games off a loss. Arizona has hit the 'under' in seven of the past eight contests, while posting a 1-6 record the previous seven games coming off a victory.
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