We’re going streaking!
Heading into Thursday afternoon’s home date with the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets had the best record in baseball at 12-3 (9-5-1 O/U) thanks to an 11-game winning streak. They had scored 45 runs in their last eight outings (5-2-1 O/U). Lucas Duda batted .339 with seven doubles and nine RBIs in his first 15 games.
Next up for the Mets is a Subway Series against the New York Yankees this weekend. Through 15 contests, the Yankees were 11-4 O/U. That is mainly thanks to resurgences of Mark Teixeira (5 HR) and Alex Rodriguez (.264, 4 HR, 11 RBI). All five teams in the American League East still have a winning O/U record.
The Miller’s tale
The Atlanta Braves are remarkably thin at the back end of their rotation, so trading Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller seemed like a necessary evil. But it has been no evil at all so far. Miller is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA through three outings with Atlanta. His next start will come on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are dead last in the majors with 40 runs scored as of Thursday afternoon.
WAG of the week: Ryan Howard’s wife Krystle Campbell is a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader.
* With Max Scherzer gone and Justin Verlander ailing, Shane Greene is picking up the slack for the Detroit Tigers. Through three starts, the 26-year-old is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP after 23 innings of work. Greene’s next start will come on Friday against the Cleveland Indians, one of the weakest-hitting teams in the major leagues up to this point.
* The Milwaukee Brewers (2-13, 8-6-1 O/U) have given up a laughable 89 runs through 15 contests. Kyle Lohse is last in the National League in ERA (10.34 going into Thursday’s start) and both Wily Peralta and Matt Garza are well over the 5.00 mark. Garza and Peralta will kick off this weekend’s series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
* Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.296, 5 HR, 16 RBI) went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, but that is an aberration as opposed to the rule. He has still hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Goldschmidt boasts three home runs and nine RBIs in his last seven outings.
* As of Thursday afternoon, three Houston Astros hitters are in the top three (tied) of the American League in strikeouts. Chris Carter (tied for first) has fanned 22 times while Evan Gattis and George Springer (tied for third) have whiffed on 21 occasions. Houston (8-7, 4-10-1 O/U) is 2-5-1 O/U in its last eight games.
Cleveland Indians (4-10 O/U): The Indians have scored only 44 runs as of Thursday afternoon, fewest in the American League. All three of their games against the Chicago White Sox earlier this week went under the total and the under is now 7-1 in Cleveland’s last eight outings. The team is 1-8 O/U on the road, which is where it will be going for three against the Detroit Tigers starting on Friday.
Rain showers are expected throughout the day in Oakland including through the Athletics-Astros game. Winds are also expected to be blowing to centerfield upwards of 13 miles per hour.
* Toronto Blue Jays’ outfielder Jose Bautista (.149, 4 HR, 10 RBI) suffered a shoulder strain while trying to throw a runner out at first base on Tuesday. Manager John Gibbons said on Thursday that Bautista could not throw a baseball. The veteran is day-do-day at the moment but a stint on the disabled list appears to be possible if not probable.
* The San Francisco Giants (6-10, 7-9 O/U) have giant problems in the standings (last place in the NL West) and on the injury report. Travis Ishikawa (back) has suffered a setback and there is no timetable for his return. Manager Bruce Bochy announced earlier this week that May 1 is no longer a realistic return date for Hunter Pence (forearm). Matt Cain (forearm) is at least a week away from just throwing a baseball.