State of emergency
The Washington Nationals (7-12, 10-8-1 O/U) have lost five in a row. They have scored only five runs in their last four games and have crossed the plate no more than twice in five of their last six outings. Shortstop Ian Desmond went 4-for-25 (.160) this past week.
Cleveland Indians’ starter Trevor Bauer (illness) is still scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, but Cleveland is expecting confirmation one way or the other at some point on Monday. Bauer is 2-0 through three starts with a 0.95 ERA. He has surrendered a mere eight hits and two runs in 19 innings while striking out 26 batters.
The Royals lead Major League Baseball—by a wide margin—with nine ejections already this season. They have mixed things up with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Los Angeles Angels. Four Royals were suspended between two and seven games for last Thursday’s brawl with the White Sox. Chicago SP Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to return next Monday against…you guessed it…the Royals.
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* The New York Mets (14-5, 12-5-2 O/U) have the majors’ saves leader (Jeurys Familia with eight) and two of three wins leaders (Bartolo Colon and Matt Harvey with four). Colon (4-0, 2.77 ERA) is taking the bump on Wednesday at the Miami Marlins. He went seven innings against them on April 17 and gave up only six hits, zero walks, and one run.
* Baltimore Orioles’ starter Chris Tillman is a decent 2-2 but sports a ghastly 7.58 ERA through four starts. He is getting the nod on Tuesday against the White Sox. Baltimore (12-6-1 O/U, 4-0 O/U in its last four) is the only team in baseball that has exceeded the century mark in both runs scored and runs allowed this season.
* Toronto Blue Jays’ second baseman Devon Travis went hitless on Sunday, but that does not happen often. Travis had been on a four-game hitting streak and riding stretch of 11 games in his last 12 with at least one hit. Since April 15, he has five multi-hit performances, four homers, and nine RBIs.
* Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves went 3-for-22 this past week with no home runs, no RBIs, and seven strikeouts as Atlanta compiled a 1-5 record against the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves crossed the plate 15 times in those six contests after doing so 18 times in three previous games at Toronto’s expense.
Chicago White Sox (6-10-1 O/U): The White Sox just completed an entire week without going over the total. Their last over came on Sunday, April 19 in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Chicago is 0-5-1 O/U in its last six games. It has scored more than five runs only once in its last six and it has given up more than three runs only once in its last six. Hector Noesis, who will start on Monday at Baltimore, is 0-4 O/U in his four most recent outings.
* St. Louis Cardinals’ ace Matt Wainwright’s season-ending Achilles’ injury is dominating the headlines, but do not forget about the plight of Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig. A hamstring injury forced Puig out of the last two games against the San Diego Padres and he now finds himself on the 15-day disabled list. L.A. can activate him no earlier than May 10.
* Tampa Bay Rays’ first baseman James Loney has hit safely in three straight games since returning from an oblique injury that sidelined him for more than two weeks. Loney had four hits in 12 at-bats during this past weekend’s series against Toronto, three of the extra-base variety (one home run).
* According to weather forecasts, there is as much as a 41 percent chance of rain in Boston as the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park Monday evening. Skies will be overcast throughout the day with the chance of rain increasing during game time.