Mets not so amazin’
Once 10 games over .500 at 13-3, the New York Mets are one loss away from an even record at 36-36 after losing five in a row, mainly because their bats have gone to sleep. New York has scored a mere six runs in its last five games. The team has not crossed the plate more than four times in any outing since June 14.
Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit last Friday did not exactly come out of nowhere. This has been a season of surprising consistency for the New York Yankees’ slugger. Rodriguez (.282, 14 HR, 40 RBI) has been in especially fine form of late. He is on a five-game hitting streak and his average has climbed from .267 since last Wednesday. The Yankees are 4-0 O/U in their last four overall.
Rocky road for Kendrick
Kyle Kendrick and the Colorado Rockies will host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, and that may not be a good thing. Colorado, which is 3-9 in its last 12 overall, is 0-4 in Kendrick’s last four starts and 0-4 in his last four home starts. The veteran righty is 2-9 with a 5.95 ERA this season.
Wag of the Day: Evan Longoria’s longtime girlfriend, former playmate and Dolphins cheerleader Jaime Edmondson.
* He is not quite on a Max Scherzer stretch of two games, but St. Louis’ Cardinals’ southpaw Jaime Garcia has not given up a single run in any of his last two outings. In 28 innings over four June starts, Garcia has surrendered three earned runs. He will toss again at the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
* After two disastrous outings in his last three, Seattle Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez baffled the San Francisco Giants for no runs in eight innings last Wednesday. He will take the mound against the visiting Kansas City Royals on Monday. King Felix is 6-2 with a 2.59 ERA at home compared to a 3.86 mark on the road.
* The three home runs hit by Detroit Tigers’ right fielder J.D. Martinez on Sunday were by no means his first instances of success in 2015. Martinez (.275, 16 HR, 41 RBI) has hit safely in seven of his last eight games with five multi-hit performances in that span. The over is 4-0 in Detroit’s last four overall.
* The Milwaukee Brewers have lost eight of their last nine games. During this stretch they have scored two runs or fewer on five occasions. Outfielder Ryan Braun is batting .209 this month and third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a .197 average in June.
Tampa Bay Rays (28-40-3 O/U): The Rays have been a consistently strong under play and they have certainly delivered in that department of late. All three of their games at the Cleveland Indians this past weekend stayed under the total and the under is 4-1 in their last four overall. Tampa Bay has allowed only one run in each of its last three outings and it has limited opponents to one run or fewer in five of its last seven games.
* Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman has not played since last Wednesday because of a wrist injury. With 12 dingers and 41 RBIs to go along with a .299 average, Freeman is Atlanta’s biggest power threat at the plate. Stay tuned for results of an MRI that is scheduled for Monday.
* Toronto Blue Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis is expected to make his return sometime this week. Travis has not played since May 16 due to a shoulder problem. Toronto must be eagerly anticipating the comeback, because Travis was hitting .271 with seven homers and 26 RBIs through 36 games.