Monday Night Action
August 12, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
Angels at Yankees - 7:05 PM EST
Probables: G. Richards (3-4, 4.20 ERA) vs. H. Kuroda (10-7, 2.45 ERA)
Previous series recap: The Halos failed to pull off the sweep of the Indians after blowing a 5-0 lead in Sunday's 6-5 defeat. The Yankees split a four-game series with the red-hot Tigers, including a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday afternoon as heavy home 'dogs.
Current trends: Los Angeles has hit the 'over' in eight of 10 games this month, while entering tonight's action at 2-7 in the past nine away contests. New York is 0-8 the last eight games off a victory, while not winning consecutive home contests in a month.
Phillies at Braves - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: C. Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) vs. J. Teheran (9-5, 2.96 ERA)
Previous series recap: Philadelphia's road struggles continued after getting swept at Washington, while allowing 23 runs in three losses. The Braves won their fifth consecutive series after grabbing two of three from the Marlins, as Atlanta gave up just five runs in the series.
Current trends: Atlanta has won nine of 10 home contests since the All-Star break, while losing only once in their last 16 games overall. The Phillies have dropped 11 straight road contests, while hitting the 'over' in four of their last five games away from Citizens Bank Park.
Reds at Cubs - 8:05 PM EST
Probables: M. Latos (11-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. T. Wood (7-8, 3.04 ERA)
Previous series recap: Cincinnati finished off a 5-3 homestand by taking two of three from San Diego, including a walk-off victory on Sunday. The Cubs profited nicely with a pair of underdog triumphs at St. Louis, before losing, 8-4 on Sunday to the Cardinals.
Current trends: The Reds have lost five of their last six road contests, but Cincinnati is 6-1 in seven games at Wrigley Field this season. The Cubs have struggled on the North Side recently by losing eight of their last nine at home, including four straight.
Tigers at White Sox - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: D. Fister (10-5, 3.50 ERA) vs. C. Sale (7-11, 2.77 ERA)
Previous series recap: Detroit managed a four-game split with the Yankees, but lost two games on walk-off hits. The Sox were tripped up at home by the Twins, losing three of four, all in the favorite role.
Current trends: Chicago has lost 16 of its past 21 games since taking two of three from Atlanta in mid-July, while posting a 2-5 record the last seven home series openers. The Tigers are 8-1 the last nine games off a loss, while winning nine of the previous 12 contests away from Comerica Park.
Marlins at Royals - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: T. Koehler (3-7, 4.40 ERA) vs. W. Davis (5-9, 5.42 ERA)
Previous series recap: Miami's offensive woes continued in a series loss at Atlanta, as the Marlins have scored three runs or less in seven of the last 10 games. The Royals keep rolling after taking three of four from the Red Sox, while winning eight of their past 10 home contests.
Current trends: Kansas City is riding a 5-1 'under' stretch the last six games, while winning nine of the last 10 as a home favorite. The Marlins have lost six of seven road games against American League foes, as Miami looks to snap out of a current 1-7 funk tonight.
Indians at Twins - 8:10 PM EST
Probables: D. Salazar (1-0, 3.29 ERA) vs. A. Albers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Previous series recap: Cleveland avoided a sweep by Los Angeles with a massive rally from five runs down, while snapping a six-game losing streak on Sunday. Minnesota returns home after winning its third road series in its last five tries following a 3-1 weekend at Chicago.
Current trends: The Twins have quietly won seven of their last 10 games, while taking two of three from the Indians the last time Cleveland visited Target Field. The Tribe has won four consecutive games in the road favorite role, but Cleveland has lost three straight road series openers.
Padres at Rockies - 8:40 PM EST
Probables: E. Volquez (8-9, 5.44 ERA) vs. J. Chacin (10-6, 3.30 ERA)
Previous series recap: San Diego held its own at Cincinnati, but lost two of three, including an extra-innings defeat on Sunday. The Rockies bounced back from a terrible road trip by sweeping the Pirates at Coors Field, while scoring 19 runs in the three victories.
Current trends: Colorado has beaten Volquez four times this season, including twice at Coors Field. The Rockies are listed as a favorite for the first time since July 28 in a home victory over the Brewers, while going 10-3 against the Padres this season. San Diego has surprisingly won five consecutive road games off a loss, including three victories of at least a +130 underdog.
Orioles at Diamondbacks - 9:40 PM EST
Probables: S. Feldman (9-9, 4.10 ERA) vs. W. Miley (9-8, 3.56 ERA)
Previous series recap: Baltimore improved to 4-1 on its current road trip against NL West opponents after grabbing two of three games at San Francisco. The Diamondbacks lost the final two home contests to the Mets, while getting outscored, 13-6 in those two defeats.
Current trends: Arizona has won all four home games against the American League, including sweeps of potential playoff teams Tampa Bay and Texas. The Orioles are riding a 4-0 streak in road series openers, while Baltimore owns a 4-1 record the last five in the role of an away 'dog.
Mets at Dodgers - 10:10 PM EST
Probables: J. Mejia (1-1, 1.96 ERA) vs. R. Nolasco (8-9, 3.65 ERA)
Previous series recap: New York has played better of late after a road series victory at Arizona, as the Mets are 5-1 the last six games overall. The Dodgers swept the Rays at home, while outscoring Tampa Bay, 20-2 since falling behind Tampa Bay, 6-0 in Friday's comeback victory.
Current trends: Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers own a scorching 20-3 record, while posting a 7-1-1 mark to the 'under' at home. The Mets are 3-9 the last 12 opportunities coming off back-to-back wins, but New York is 6-1 the past seven road contests against NL West competition.
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