Giants Making Their Move
San Francisco started off the month of July with a seven game losing streak, and it looked as though the Dodgers would run away with the NL West. They’ve since won nine of 11, moving to within 2.5 games of Los Angeles.
Hunter Pence returned to the lineup on July 7, and he’s batting .304 with three home runs and 13 RBIs during that span.
With the Giants hosting Oakland over the weekend, they could gain even more ground on the Dodgers who are on the road in New York.
Fish Out Of Water
The Marlins might not be the hottest team in the majors, but if bettors thought that fading the Fish would be easy money after Stanton’s injury, they were sadly mistaken.
Miami is 10-10 over it’s last 20 games, and they are 4-8 since losing Dee Gordon. That might make you think twice about laying the chalk to bet against Miami.
Pujols Turning Back The Clock
The 35 year old has taken over the major league lead with his 28th and 29th home runs in a win over Boston on Monday. Pujols hit a major league best 47 in 2009, and a National League best 42 in 2010.
The Angels host Texas this weekend, and Albert has good numbers against the Rangers’ Game 1 starter. Colby Lewis will toe the rubber for the Rangers on Friday, and Pujols is 9-for-20 (.450) with three home runs and seven RBIs lifetime versus the right-hander.
WAG of the Day
Ariana Aubert, girlfriend of Detroit Tigers slugger JD Martinez
* Zack Greinke’s scoreless streak is at 43 2/3 innings, and his next start comes in New York on Friday. He tossed seven scoreless innings in a win over the Mets earlier this year, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts against the Mets over the last three seasons.
* Felix Hernandez is having himself another stellar season, but he’s costing bettors money lately. The right-hander only has one win in his last five starts, and the Mariners have lost six of his last 10. He’s scheduled to face the Blue Jays at home on Friday, and he allowed one run on four hits over seven innings in a win over the Jays in Toronto earlier this season. The Jays lineup is hitting just .216 over a combined 241 at bats in past meetings.
* Buster Posey is crushing opposing pitchers here in the month of July, batting .396 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBIs. He’ll face right-hander Jesse Chavez in Game 1 on Friday, and he’s hitting .329 with a dozen home runs and 55 RBIs versus right-handed pitching this year.
* Mark Teixeira is not far off the pace in the home run race, with 24 so far. He’s been swinging a hot bat this month, hitting .298 with five home runs and 11 RBIs. He’ll face the Twins this weekend, and he’s 4-for-7 lifetime versus Tommy Milone, who is scheduled to start Saturday’s game.
The Pirates will host the Nationals over the Weekend, and Pittsburgh has seen the total go under at a rate of 18-7-1 in their last 26 home games. The Nats come in banged up, missing several key hitters. It would come as no surprise if we saw a few pitcher’s duels at PNC Park.
* Forecasts are calling for wind to blow out to centerfield at around 10 miles per hour at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies Friday.
* Saturday’s forecast shows wind blowing in from right field at around 11 mpm at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers.
* Injuries are piling up for the Nats, with Dernard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon all sidelined with various ailments. They can ill afford to lose Yunel Escobar who leads the team batting .321, but he left Wenesday’s game with a sore wrist and wasn’t expected to be in Thursday’s starting lineup.
* David Peralta took a Jose Fernandez fastball to the head on Wednesday night, and he’s listed as day to day pending concussion protocol.