Dodgers Overrated On The Road
What do the Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s all have in common? Well in addition to the fact that all four teams rank among the worst in the major leagues, all four clubs have a better road record than the LA Dodgers. That’s right folks, the mighty Dodgers are just 16-22 on the road this season. That hasn’t stopped the bookmakers from routinely making them the favorite, and that is the case here again in Arizona (-117 on Tuesday).
Mad Max as the Road Warrior
Max Scherzer is the hottest hurler in the majors at the moment, coming off three very impressive wins. He tossed a complete game no hitter against the Brewers on June 14, and followed up with a no-hitter (near perfect game) against the Pirates six days later. His last start was another good one in a win at Philadelphia, and he’ll be on the road in Atlanta on Thursday in pursuit of his 10th win of the season.
Home Run Race Heating Up
Giancarlo Stanton is still out in front, and he was the favorite to run away with it, but he’s now sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado is all of a sudden right in the thick of things with seven home runs in the last week. He’s got 24 for the season, tied with Bryce Harper, while Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier has 25, two fewer than the leader Stanton.
WAG of the Day
Dana Long, girlfriend of Oakland A’s 3B Brett Lawrie
*Matt Cain is scheduled to make his season debut for the Giants on Thursday in Miami, but the big news will be who starts on the mound for the Marlins in that game. Miami ace Jose Fernandez is set to make is 2015 debut for the Marlins, despite allowing four runs on six hits in a rehab assignment in Triple-A.
*Johnny Cueto is having another fine season, and he’ll start at home in a matinee against the Twins on Wednesday. There might not be a better bet than Cueto at home during the day. He’s 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA at home this season, and 2-2 with a 2.98 ERA during the day. Going back to 2012, he’s 25-7 at home with a 2.13 ERA, and 25-4 with a 1.78 ERA in day games.
*Robinson Cano has been having a disappointing season for the Mariners, but he might have a favorable matchup to look forward to on Wednesday against San Diego. The 32 year old is hitting .402 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 87 career at bats versus Shields.
*Yanel Escobar is hitting .349 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBIs in the month of June, and he’s really picked up the slack for the Nats who have been missing a couple of their best hitters. With Ryan Zimmerman and Jason Werth sidelined by injuries, the Nats haven’t missed a beat, winning eight of their last nine heading into Monday’s game.
* There is a 66 percent chance of thunderstorms in Baltimore when the Orioles host the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards Tuesday.
* Early forecasts for Wednesday predict a 54 percent chance of thunderstorms at Turner Field when the Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals.
* The Under has gone 4-1 in the last five games Will Little has worked behind home plate. He’ll be working the plate in Toronto when the Jays host the Red Sox Tuesday.
* Over bets have cashed the last four times Bob Davidson has called pitches. He’ll be behind the dish in Cincinnati when the Minnesota Twins visit the Reds in interleague action Wednesday.
New York Yankees (8-4 O/U): The Yankees have been involved in quite a few slugfests lately, and they’ve been on the wrong side of quite a few of those. The fact that Michael Pineda, C.C. Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka have all been roughed up in the past week is cause for concern in New York. The Yankees are 41-32 O/U for the season, and they’ve scored a major league best 271 runs in night games.
*Giancarlo Stanton leads the majors in home runs (27), and RBIs (67). He’s going to be out for 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand. That’s a huge blow for a Miami team that ranks near the bottom of the major leagues in scoring, and sits 11.5 games back of Washington in the NL East.
*Tim Lincecum might have been in danger of losing spot in the rotation anyway, but that decision may be a lot easier for Bruce Bochy if the former Cy Young winner is placed on the DL for the first time in his career. The right-hander was hit in the arm by a line drive in the second inning against Colorado on Saturday.