Charlie in charge
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a perfect 5-0 in Charlie Morton’s five starts this season. He has turned in two consecutive performances without giving up a single run across a total of 14.1 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Morton (5-0, 1.62 ERA) will get the nod on Sunday at the Washington Nationals for the Pirates, who have won seven games in a row.
The silence of the bats
The Chicago White Sox have lost six straight games and have scored a grand total of three runs in their last four. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting .190 in his last six games and right fielder Avisail Garcia is 2-for-25 in his seven most recent contests.
Julio Teheran’s ERA is a bloated 5.07 ERA after he gave up six runs in 6.1 innings during the Atlanta Braves’ Tuesday loss at the Boston Red Sox. Teheran has allowed at least three runs in five consecutive starts. But he is a stellar 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA at home, which is where he will face the New York Mets on Sunday.
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* Jerome Williams (hamstring) just went on the disabled list, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing for the Philadelphia Phillies. Williams (3-7, 6.43 ERA) has an 11.45 ERA in three June starts. Philadelphia has not yet named a starter to face Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
* The Cleveland Indians will round out their weekend series against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays with Corey Kluber on Saturday and Trevor Bauer on Sunday. In his last eight starts, Kluber’s ERA has shrunk from 5.04 to 3.54. Bauer has six quality starts in his last seven outings and he is coming off seven innings of scoreless work at the Cubs on Tuesday.
* Following Wednesday’s action, Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had a ridiculous six multi-hit performances in his last seven games. Goldschmidt (.360, 19 HR, 54 RBI) is hitting .396 in June and he has homered three times since last Wednesday.
* The Baltimore Orioles lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday, but offensive struggles are aberrations—not the rules. Baltimore had previously scored at least three runs in eight straight games, including a total of 63 in those eight. Manny Machado, who accounted for his team’s lone run by going deep on Thursday, has nine multi-hit games in June and has five homers in his last eight outings.
Texas Rangers (29-34-3 O/U): The under is 3-1 in the Rangers’ last four overall and 10-3 in their last 13. They have given up a total of six runs in their last three outings. Next up for Texas is a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox, who are 26-37-1 O/U.
* Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy (.283, 4 HR, 29 RBI) has not played since June 4 because of a quadriceps injury. A weekend return had been targeted, but now New York is looking toward next Tuesday to see Murphy back in the lineup.
* Do not hold your breath for a weekend comeback by Detroit Tigers’ designated hitter Victor Martinez (.216, 1 HR, 15 RBI). The veteran has not played since May 18 due to a knee issue and he does not have a hit since May 10. Martinez is likely to join the club in the Bronx but is not expected to come off the disabled list until next week.