Friday's Tip Sheet
July 25, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
Blue Jays at Yankees – 7:05 PM EST
TOR: Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA)
NYY: Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA)
Previous series recap: Following a meltdown prior to the All-Star break, the Blue Jays capped off a solid homestand at 5-2 against the Rangers and Red Sox. After losing the opener to Boston, Toronto grabbed the final three games of its series, including Thursday’s 8-0 blowout of its division rival. The Yankees are also on fire of late, winning six of seven games at home, as New York captured the final three against struggling Texas.
What to watch for: New York’s pitching has carried the club of late, resulting in a 9-1 run to the ‘under’ the past 10 contests. Since 2009, Buehrle is winless in his last seven starts in the Bronx, but the Jays did beat the Yankees in the southpaw’s last outing against New York in late June, 7-6. The Yankees have captured six of nine matchups with the Jays this season, including a three-game home sweep last month.
Red Sox at Rays – 7:10 PM EST
BOS: Lester (10-7, 2.50 ERA)
TB: Price (10-7, 3.06 ERA)
Previous series recap: The Rays are the hottest team in baseball by winning each of their last seven games, including a two-game road sweep of the Cardinals. Tampa Bay’s pitching has carried the team in this hot stretch, allowing just 10 runs during this winning streak. The Sox entered their series in Toronto with a 7-1 record in their past eight contests, but dropped three of four to the Blue Jays, while racking up just one hit in Thursday’s 8-0 setback.
What to watch for: The home team has won each of the last six meetings as these two clubs have exchanged sweeps since late May. Both these starting pitchers are on fire, as the Red Sox are 7-0 in Lester’s past seven starts, while the Rays own a 5-0 record in Price’s last five outings. Tampa Bay has taken care of business against AL East opponents of late, winning seven of the past 10 within its division.
Tigers at Angels – 10:05 PM EST
DET: Smyly (6-8, 3.80 ERA)
LAA: Skaggs (5-5, 4.65 ERA)
Series recap: After losing eight consecutive meetings with the Angels, the Tigers have won each of the last three matchups, including Thursday’s 6-4 triumph. Detroit erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring five unanswered to take control of the game, as the Tigers have won four of their past five contests since dropping the first three games out of the All-Star break.
What to watch for: The Angels have won each of Skaggs’ last two starts in spite of the southpaw allowing 11 earned runs against the Mariners and Rangers. The Tigers are 6-2 to the ‘over’ in Smyly’s last eight road outings, while Detroit has put together a solid 9-2 record in the previous 11 games against left-handed starting pitchers.
Orioles at Mariners – 10:10 PM EST
BAL: Gausman (4-3, 4.04 ERA)
SEA: Hernandez (11-2, 2.02 ERA)
Series recap: The Orioles cruised past the Mariners on Thursday, 4-0 to easily cash as +130 road underdogs. After losing two of three at Oakland, the O’s have won three of their past four on this West Coast swing, with all three victories coming in the ‘dog role. The defeat by the Mariners snapped a six-game winning streak in home series openers.
What to watch for: Seattle has won each of the last five starts made by Hernandez, while the M’s are 6-1 in his past seven outings at Safeco Field. The Orioles are 6-0 in their previous six Game 2’s of a road series dating back to the start of June, while Baltimore owns a 5-2 record in Gausman’s past seven starts, in spite of a 10-2 defeat in his last outing at Oakland.
Dodgers at Giants – 10:15 PM EST
LAD: Greinke (11-6, 2.90 ERA)
SF: Lincecum (9-6, 3.65 ERA)
Previous series recap: The Giants failed to pull off the sweep of the Phillies after losing on Thursday, 2-1 as short underdogs. However, San Francisco finished off its road trip at 5-2, including three victories at Philadelphia. The Dodgers stumbled in Pittsburgh by losing the final two games by a combined score of 18-8. Los Angeles concluded its highway swing at St. Louis and Pittsburgh with a 2-4 mark.
What to watch for: San Francisco has taken care of its rival this season by posting a 7-3 record against Los Angeles, as these two teams are meeting for the first time since early May. Greinke is responsible for two of the three wins by the Dodgers in the season series, but Los Angeles is 1-6 in his last seven road starts. The Giants are on fire at home when Lincecum takes the mound, compiling a 6-1 record in his past seven outings at AT&T Park.
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