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The Rangers go for the sweep in this game against the Padres, who have lost four straight at home. Minor leads Texas in wins and strikeouts, he had his best start of the season earlier this year against the Padres, and the Rangers have won six of his last seven starts. He will be opposed by Nix, who has been less than stellar in his previous two outings giving up 11 earned runs. I expect Minor to have another good start shutting down the San Diego lineup that has struggled in the two games in this series. The Rangers have not had a season to remember, but they are playing the better ball and should get the victory on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep.
While the White Sox have not had a good season, to say the least, they won the first game of this series and had won 13 of their last 18 road games. With the Orioles previous loss, they became only the 15th team in the history of baseball to suffer 105 losses in their first 147 games. Lopez has been lights out in his last three starts, and while Ramirez has pitched well out of the bullpen in his last few appearances, he was rocked in his previous start. Lopez will have another good start in this game, and unlike his last one, he will get some run support. He will lead the White Sox to a win in this game, and they will go for the series sweep tomorrow.
Both of these teams are out of the playoff picture, and while the Angels are surging as the regular season draws to a close, the Mariners are sinking. The Seattle lineup has been struggling to score runs in the last few games, but at least they will be facing Despaigne, who did not even register an out in his previous appearance. Leake stopped the bleeding with a solid effort in his last start after giving up a total of 11 earned runs in his previous two outings. He will have a pretty good outing in this game in La La Land, but the reason the Mariners will win will be their lineup. They will snap out of their funk tagging up Despaigne and Seattle will take the first game of this division series.
This is t4he rubber game in this series with the Rockies winning Game 1 and the Diamondbacks winning Game 2. The Rockies can even up their season series against Arizona with a win in this game. However, they have had not had much success against Corbin in the last few seasons. On the other side of the coin, the D-Backs have had success against Gray in his career. However, in this game, he will have the better outing, as he has not faced Arizona since his season debut. In a low scoring pitcher's duel, the Rockies will pull out the win and take the series giving them some breathing room over the Diamondbacks in the NL West.
The Rays have been one of the hottest teams in the 2nd half, and they have won 17 of their last 23 games. While the lineup has been the weakness of the club on the season that lineup has produced 38 runs in their four-game win streak. Glasnow is coming off his worst start of the season, and after giving up one earned run in each of his first three starts for Tampa, he has given up a total of 15 earned runs in his last four outings. The Indians have given up six earned runs in each of their previous two games, which were both losses. Bieber has been steady in his last few starts, but the Indians took a 5-3 loss in his start previous to his last one. Glasnow will forget about his previous start and have a decent one in this game, and decent will be just fine since the Tampa Bay lineup will stay hot at the plate. The Rays will get the win extending their winning streak to five games and sending the Tribe to their 3rd straight loss.
The Yankees have had the Mariners' number this season winning all four games against them. While Lynn has given up at least five earned runs in three of his last four starts the Mariners are 1-7 in Hernandez's last eight starts. King Felix has not been all that bad in his previous two starts, and I forecast that he will have a decent outing in this game. On the other side of the coin, Lynn will get lit up yet again after his worst start for the Yankees in his last outing. The Mariners will win this game, notching their first victory of the season against New York to even the series.
The Braves have been struggling as of late losing six of their last eight games, and they were swept in their previous series, which was at home no loss. The D-Backs have also not played their best baseball lately snapping their four-game slid with a shutout win in their last game. Sanchez has been pitching well for the Braves in his last few starts but has not received much run support. That will continue in this game facing Greinke, who had a great start in his only one facing Atlanta this season. The Diamondbacks will win this game, which will be their 5th in a row facing the Braves when Greinke has gotten the starting nod.
The Rays are trying to stay in the playoff race winning five of their last six games. Their pitching has been great in the two games of this series only giving up one run. Glasnow has pitched pretty well since coming to Tampa Bay, but he has not received much run support in his six starts for them. He will have another good outing in this game and for a change get some help from the lineup. The Rays have totaled 11 runs in the first two games of this series, and their lineup will put up some runs facing Sanchez, who has given up 11 earned runs in his last two starts. Tampa Bay will win this game in a low scoring affair and complete the series sweep keeping their faint playoff hopes alive.
So, the Red Sox have won Porcello's last 12 interleague starts, and the Braves have lost Newcomb’s last four interleague starts. Look for those trends to continue, as it is hard to go with the Braves considering Newcomb has given up at least five earned runs in three of his last four outings. Porcello did not have the best last start either, but he has the best lineup in the Majors backing him up. That lineup will get to Newcomb in this interleague game, and the Red Sox will take Game 2 and go for the series sweep tomorrow.
A great pitching matchup in this NL game with deGrom and Wood both pitching well as of late. Both have also not had much run support in their last few starts, especially deGrom, who has only received two runs of support in his last two outings. This game will be a solid pitching duel, and it will be the same old song and dance for deGrom, who will have another solid outing but get little help. Wood will also have a good outing and while he may not get the better of deGrom the L.A. lineup will get to the Mets' bullpen. In a low scoring affair, the Dodgers will take this game and win their 4th in a row.
The Rockies are in the heart of the playoff race, and they have their best pitcher in the mound in Freeland. They have won his last five starts where he has only given up a total of six earned runs in 32 1/3 innings of work. Freeland is a lefty, and the Padres have lost their last five home games against a right-hand starter. Look for that trend to continue in this game. Freeland will have another solid outing, and while the Rockies have only totaled six runs in the three games in this series, they will surpass that total in this game. Colorado will pick up the win and salvage a series split.
While these teams have the fewest wins in the Majors, each has been playing pretty well as of late. The Orioles have been solid at the plate in winning two in a row, and the Royals have allowed only two runs in each of their last two games. Keller has had three straight good outings while Cashner has given up eight earned runs in his last two starts, which were both Baltimore losses. Not only do the Orioles have the worst record in baseball, but they also have the fewest road wins. Keller will have another good outing while Cashner will not, and the Royals will take the first game of this series winning their 13th home game in their last 15 facing the Orioles.
While the Nationals are surging as of late winners of four of their last five games, they have lost their last eight road games when Gonzalez has gotten the starting nod. On the other side of the coin, the Phillies are slumping and have lost Arrieta’s previous four starts even though in two of them he pitched well. Arrieta will have a good start in this one while Gonzalez will not, and the Phillies will take this game and avoid the series sweep.
The Rays are hot winners of eight in a row and while they have lost seven of Stanek’s last eight road starts he will be facing a Braves team that has lost their previous four home games. However, that streak will end in this game with Teheran getting the starting nod. Since July 30th Teheran has held opponents to a batting average of only .155 and has a pretty solid ERA of 2.93. The Braves have only scored five runs in their last three games with four of them coming in their last one. They have not given Teheran much support in his last three starts, and that will happen in this one. However, just like in Teheran’s earlier start against the Rays he will have a good outing and lead Atlanta to a win snapping the Rays eight-game win streak.
The Blue Jays had been solid at the dish in their five-game win streak before only scoring three runs in their last game. Kendrys Morales has gone yard in seven straight games and can tie a Major League record with a HR in this game. Gaviglio’ snapped his 15-game winless streak with a win over the Orioles in his last start while Hess took another loss in his previous start, which was facing the Blue Jays, even though he had a solid outing. All streaks come to an end, and two will end in this game. Hess will finally get some run support while having another solid outing and the Orioles will win snapping their eight-game losing streak and also snapping their 10-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.
The Nationals' lineup has not scored in their last three games, but they lit up Matz the last time they faced him. He was decent in his last start and will be decent again in this one, and luckily he will be facing a struggling Nats' lineup. While New York has only scored three runs in each of the first two games of this series their lineup will get to Rodriguez, who is coming off a less than impressive last outing. Like the first two games of this series, this will be a low scoring affair, which the Mets will win and they will complete the sweep.
Hard to go against the stacked Red Sox, but while they have the best record in the bigs, they have not played their best ball as of late and faced Tampa's Ace in Snell in this series finale. The Rays are hot and at home where they are 16 games over .500 as opposed to eight games under .500 on the road. In Eovaldi’s first two starts for Boston he did not give up any earned runs, but he has given up four of them in two of his last three outings. He did pitch well in his three home starts before being traded to the Sox, and while he will have a decent outing in this game, Snell will have the better one. Snell will be the main reason the Rays win this game, as he will shut down the Boston lineup and Tampa Bay will get the W and complete the three-game sweep.
Stephen Strasburg may have an excuse for his last two starts with the neck issue which did have a big impact on his home ERA number, although he hasn’t been all that sharp at home this season overall registering a quality start in just 37.5 of his home outings. Strasburg does have excellent numbers against the Philadelphia team holding the forecasted lineup to a career .226 batting average in 124 at bats. Zach Eflin has one career start versus the Nationals, and that came in June where he held them to two runs over five innings in a 12-2 laugher. They did bang him around a bit in that game with four doubles, but he kept them in the park which has been his biggest issue this season as of late. Both bullpens got a workout in the series opener so we’ll need the starters to log some solid innings for this to cash, but the total seems like the bet for this game.