Monday's Tip Sheet
June 9, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
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Dodgers at Reds – 7:00 PM EST
LAD: Haren (5-4, 3.50 ERA)
CIN: Cingrani (2-6, 4.09 ERA)
Previous series results: The Dodgers needed just six innings to hold off the Rockies, 2-1 on Sunday to take two of three at Coors Field. The Reds took care of the struggling Phillies, 4-1 to grab two of three at home this past weekend, but Cincinnati has won consecutive games at the Great American Ballpark just three times this season.
What to watch for: The last time these teams met at Dodger Stadium last month, Los Angeles won two of three matchups. Cincinnati is winless in Cingrani’s last five starts, including each of his past three outings at home. The Dodgers haven’t been much better with Haren on the hill, dropping each of his last four starts.
Red Sox at Orioles – 7:05 PM EST
BOS: Peavy (1-3, 4.72 ERA)
BAL: Norris (4-5, 4.41 ERA)
Previous series results: The Red Sox went from losing 10 consecutive games to winning seven in a row to now dropping five straight. However, Boston snapped its current skid and avoided a sweep at Detroit, thanks to a 5-3 triumph over the Tigers last night. The Orioles haven’t won a home series in a month after losing two of three to the A’s, capped off by an ugly 11-1 defeat on Sunday.
What to watch for: Boston has won four of six matchups with Baltimore this season, including two of three at Camden Yards to open the season. Peavy hasn’t had much luck away from Fenway Park, as Boston is 1-4 in his five road starts this season. The Orioles are struggling at Camden Yards of late, winning just three of their past 11 home contests.
Tigers at White Sox – 8:05 PM EST
DET: Porcello (8-3, 3.69 ERA)
CHW: Noesi (1-4, 5.29 ERA)
Previous series results: The White Sox return home from a 2-4 road trip through Southern California that finished with three straight losses to the Angels. The defeat that stung the most came on Saturday night as the Sox blew a 5-0 lead in the eighth inning of a 6-5 setback with ace Chris Sale on the mound. The Tigers couldn’t pull off the sweep of the Red Sox after losing last night, as Detroit fell to 2-6 the past eight contests.
What to watch for: Detroit owns a 4-2 record against Chicago this season, which includes a pair of road favorite victories at U.S. Cellular Field in late April. The Sox have compiled a solid 8-2 record in home series openers this season, while Chicago has cashed the ‘under’ in six consecutive home contests.
Athletics at Angels – 10:05 PM EST
OAK: Chavez (5-3, 3.04 ERA)
LAA: Richards (5-2, 3.25 ERA)
Previous series results: The A’s continue their road trip after back-to-back series victories over the Yankees and Orioles. Oakland has taken five of the last seven series on the highway, while winning seven of its past nine games overall. The Angels swept the White Sox, improving to 9-2 the last 11 home contests.
What to watch for: Oakland continues to lead the AL West, as the A’s have put together a 5-1 record against the Angels this season. Each of the last five meetings have gone ‘over’ the total, while Oakland swept Los Angeles last week in Northern California. Richards has allowed 10 earned runs in two starts against the A’s this season, while getting pulled in the first inning of a 9-5 loss at Oakland on May 30.
Nationals at Giants – 10:15 PM EST
WSH: Strasburg (5-4, 3.10 ERA)
SF: Vogelsong (4-2, 3.39 ERA)
Previous series results: The Giants have won 67% of their games this season, coming off a home sweep of the Mets. San Francisco is riding a 10-2 hot stretch, while losing only one series since late April. The Nationals shut out the Padres for the second time this past weekend in Sunday’s 6-0 blowout, as Washington grabbed two of three to start its road trip. Washington has won seven of nine, while scoring at least six runs in six of those victories.
What to watch for: The Nats have won six of nine road series openers this season, while Washington is 1-3 in Strasburg’s last four starts on the highway. San Francisco has won four straight and seven of Vogelsong’s past eight outings, while the Giants compiled a 2-0 record in his two starts against the Nationals last season.
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