Getting swept at home by the second worst team in the National League is not exactly a great way to get your July started. But that’s exactly what happened to Pittsburgh Pirates as San Francisco came to town. The Giants pitching showed up and limited the Pirates to nine runs over the weekend.
The Boston Red Sox appear to be heating up and perhaps ready to create a little distance between them and their AL East rivals.
They head to Texas winners of six out of seven after dismantling Toronto on the road over the weekend. That follows right on the heals of a four-game series with Minnesota where they took three out of four games.
Washington Nationals and St Louis Cardinals fought a heck of a pitcher’s duel on Saturday with the Cardinals prevailing in the end, 2-1.
Michael Wacha was sharp, pitching six scoreless innings for the win and the bullpen held on, yielding one run in the bottom of the ninth as they preserved the win.
These have not been good times in the Bronx as the New York Yankees have gone through a June swoon. It is now five series and counting since they last won one. And the teams the losses have been piling up against are not exactly la crème de la crème of baseball.
Baseball is a very fickle sport. One day you’re up and everything’s going your way. But an error here, a seeing ball with eyes there and all of a sudden the losses can start to pile up. Just ask the Colorado Rockies who for two and a half months could do no wrong.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the hottest teams in the Major Leagues in June, not to mention most of May.
The Los Angeles Angels snapped their winning streak at ten games in the first game of this series, but the Dodgers bounced back for a 4-0 win on Tuesday.
Chicago Cubs are looking to regain the magic that led to them eventually hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in 108 years. Last year they made it look so easy breaking out to an incredibly hot start and riding that momentum all the way to the trophy.
Baltimore and Toronto are two teams that simply don’t like each other. Led by fiery leaders Manny Machado and Jose Bautista, the two teams disdain runs deep and that should make for an extra spicy mid-week matchup between these two AL East foes.
Colorado Rockies is the midst of run where nine of their 12 games are against the teams they are fighting for first in the NL West. They faced Arizona and the Dodgers for six games and next weekend they’ll head to Arizona for another three-game set.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are hanging around on the fringes of contention. A sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday would bring them within four games of .500 and keep them within at minimum, four games of the Brewers for first in the NL Central.