Wednesday's Tip Sheet
August 13, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
Pirates at Tigers – 7:05 PM EST
PIT: Worley (5-1, 2.30 ERA)
DET: Farmer (ML Debut)
Series recap: The Pirates have taken care of business through the first two games of this four-game set, beating the Tigers convincingly on Monday, 11-6, while holding off Detroit last night, 4-2. Pittsburgh owns a five-game winning streak over Detroit since last season, including four straight victories at PNC Park.
What to watch for: The final two contests of this series shift to Comerica Park tonight with ex-Georgia Tech standout Buck Farmer making his Major League debut for the Tigers. Detroit stumbles home following a dreadful 2-7 road trip, capped off by four consecutive defeats. Vance Worley has pitched well of late for the Pirates, allowing just three earned runs in his last four starts, all Pittsburgh wins.
Dodgers at Braves – 7:10 PM EST
LAD: Ryu (13-5, 3.21 ERA)
ATL: Santana (11-6, 3.69 ERA)
Series recap: The Dodgers continued their domination of the Braves this season, capturing their fifth win in five tries in Tuesday’s 4-2 triumph as +120 underdogs. Stretching it back to last season, Los Angeles has beaten Atlanta eight of the past nine meetings since the start of the 2013 NLDS.
What to watch for: The Braves continue to spiral out of control by losing 11 of their last 13 games, while plating two runs or less for the eighth time in this cold stretch. The good news heading into tonight’s action is the five-game winning streak by Atlanta when Ervin Santana takes the mound at Turner Field dating back to early July. The bad news for the Braves is Hyun-Jin Ryu has been terrific for the Dodgers on the road, as Los Angeles has compiled a 9-3 mark on the highway when the southpaw pitches.
Athletics at Royals – 8:10 PM EST
OAK: Kazmir (13-4, 2.73 ERA)
KC: Vargas (8-5, 3.48 ERA)
Series recap: Oakland snapped Kansas City’s eight-game winning streak in last night’s 11-3 rout as -140 road favorites. The A’s bounced back after dropping the opener of this series on Monday, 3-2, but Kansas City still remains in first place of the AL Central thanks to Detroit’s defeat at Pittsburgh.
What to watch for: Since a 13-2 record in Scott Kazmir’s first 15 starts this season, the A’s have split the southpaw’s past eight outings. However, Kazmir has won each of his last two road starts at Texas and San Francisco in blowout fashion. In spite of last night’s loss, the Royals are 10-3 in their past 13 games at Kaufmann Stadium, while posting a 5-2 record in their previous seven contests against left-handed starting pitchers, including a win over Kazmir earlier this month in Oakland.
Phillies at Angels – 10:05 PM EST
PHI: Burnett (6-12, 4.29 ERA)
LAA: Weaver (12-7, 3.68 ERA)
Series recap: The Angels beat the Phillies for the third time this season on Tuesday, 7-2 to cash easily as hefty -240 favorites. Los Angeles has won each of the past eight meetings with Philadelphia dating back to 2003, as the Phillies made their first trip to Orange County in 11 seasons.
What to watch for: Philadelphia has been outscored, 22-2 in its past three road defeats, while A.J. Burnett has failed to win in his previous five trips to the mound. The Phillies have struggled in interleague play this season, which includes a 1-5 record on the road. The Angels have won eight of Jered Weaver’s past 10 starts, even though Los Angeles stumbled against Boston as a -180 favorite in his previous trip to the mound last Friday.
Blue Jays at Mariners – 10:10 PM EST
TOR: Dickey (9-11, 3.99 ERA)
SEA: Iwakuma (10-6, 2.86 ERA)
Series recap: The Mariners have dominated the Blue Jays through the first two games of this set at Safeco Field. Following an 11-1 rout in Monday’s opener, the M’s took care of the Jays in last night’s 6-3 triumph as -120 favorites for their seventh win in the past eight contests.
What to watch for: Toronto won six straight road games to finish off July, but the Jays have lost all five away contests this month, while scoring two runs or less four times on the highway in August. R.A. Dickey has struggled on the road all season with the Jays putting together an ugly 3-9 record in his 12 starts away from Toronto. The M’s have hit the ‘under’ in five straight starts made by Hisashi Iwakuma, while the right-hander is 2-1 in his career against Toronto.
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