The Washington Nationals have completely fallen apart since the All Star break, and after being shutout in San Francisco on Sunday they’ve lost six straight.
They are batting a major league worst .222 in the second half, and their star studded pitching staff has been underwhelming. Max Scherzer has been tagged for 10 runs on 15 hits over nine innings in his last two starts, and he surrendered five home runs in those two games.
They will be in Colorado for a three game series versus the Rockies this week, and you might want to think twice before backing the Nats as a road favorite.
Rangers On The Move
Texas has won four straight heading into a three game series at home versus Seattle, and they are now only a half game back of L.A. in the Wild Card race.
They send Cole Hamels to the mound Monday night, and the veteran lefty is still looking for his first win as a Ranger. His last start for Philly was a no-hitter at Wrigley, and you have to think it’s only a matter of time before he figures things out in Texas.
Look Out For The Tigers
Miguel Cabrera is back, and he’s already making his presence felt for the Tigers.
Cabrera was 4-for-10 with a home run in three games at Houston since his return. The Tigers will play two games at Wrigley on Tuesday and Wednesday night, and Cabrera has a history of punishing Cubs pitchers.
He will face Jon Lester on Wednesday, and he’s 14-for-25 (.560) with a home run and four RBIs lifetime versus the southpaw.
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* Buster Posey is tearing up the National League, hitting .366 since the All Star break. He’s now third in the league batting .327, and his 78 RBIs are just eight fewer than Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado who are tied for first. He’s facing Lance Lynn on Tuesday, and he’s 4-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs lifetime versus Lynn.
* Chris Davis has really turned it on, he’s hitting .336 since the All Star break. Davis was 7-for-15 with three home runs and six RBIs in a three game series at home versus Oakland over the weekend, and he’ll look to stay hot at Camden Yards with the Orioles hosting the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday.
* Madison Bumgarner is starting to look like the World Series MVP that he was last year. He tossed a complete game (one-hit) shutout, striking out 14 in a win over the Nats on Sunday. That wasn’t all, he was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in the victory. His next start comes on Friday in Pittsburgh.
* Dallas Keuchel allowed just one run on six hits, striking out eight in seven innings in a home win over Detroit his last time out. He’s been unbeatable at home, boasting a flawless record of 11-0, with a 1.26 ERA in 13 starts at Minute Maid Park so far. His next start comes at home against Tampa on Wednesday.
* The Seattle Mariners are coming off a three game series in Boston, and the scores in those games looked more like what you would expect in football games. Seattle did it’s fair share of scoring, but lost two of three getting outscored 45-21. The Mariners have seen the total go over in six straight road games, and that trend could continue here in Texas this week.
*Phil Hughes was placed on the 15 day disabled list with lower back inflammation on August 13. It’s a big blow for the Twins, who are just 1.5 back in the American League Wild Card race.
*Randal Grichuck left Sunday’s game against Miami with a sore elbow, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Cardinals LF is having a fine season batting .284 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs.
* There is a 33 percent chance of thunderstorms leading into game time in St. Louis Monday, but that should decrease to 15 percent by the time the Cardinals host the San Francisco Giants.
* There is as much as a 56 percent chance of thunderstorms when the Pirates host the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh Tuesday.
* Road teams are 4-1 in the last five ball games that umpire Larry Vanover has worked behind home plate. He’ll be calling balls and strikes in Baltimore when the Orioles host the Oakland A’s Monday.