The Arizona Diamondbacks are averaging over 6.5 runs per game, batting .322 since July 25th. They’ve won 18-of-28 games during that span, and return home from a successful road trip to host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals lost 2-of-3 in San Diego, and could be in for a tough series against a hot Diamondbacks team.
Runs At Wrigley
The Cubs are on a roll, winners of 13 of their last 16. They come off a four game sweep of the Braves at Wrigley, out-scoring Atlanta 40-14 in those games. They’ve gone over the total in six of their last seven home games, and that trend could continue in the Windy City as they host the Indians on Monday.
Blue Jays Battery
The Jays broke another record this weekend, scoring the most runs in a three game series in club history (36) in a sweep of the Angels in Anaheim. Toronto has seized the top spot in the AL East, moving a half game up on the Yankees. The Jays will be in Texas this week, and you should expect fireworks in Arlington.
*Josh Donaldson was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and six RBIs on Saturday, helping the Jays beat the Angels by a score of 15-3 in Anaheim. He became the first player in the majors to reach 100 RBIs, and he second on the American League with 34 home runs.
*Yoenis Cespedes is proving to be a valuable acquisition for the Mets, and he had himself quite a series in Colorado over the weekend. Cespedes was 7-for-15 with three home runs and eight RBIs in a three game sweep of the Rockies.
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*Madison Bumgarner did it again on Friday, hitting another home run in a win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He had a double, a home run and a pair of RBIs in his previous start.
*Mike Fiers tossed a no-hitter at home versus the Dodgers on Friday, striking out 10 in a 3-0 win. He’s now 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts since coming over from Milwaukee. His next start comes on the road in Minnesota on Friday.
We think of Safeco as one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the majors, but that hasn’t been the case lately. The Mariners have seen the total go over at a rate of 20-5-3 in their last 28 home games. Their bullpen can take a lot of the blame, only two teams in the majors (Oakland and Colorado) rank worse than the Mariners who’s releivers own a 4.45 ERA this season.
*David Wright is set to return to the lineup for the Mets on Monday as they face the Phillies. He’s batting .433 with a home run and eight RBIs in 30 career at bats versus Aaron Harang, who will start on Thursday.
*C.C. Sabathia left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and he’ scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. With a record of 4-9 with a 5.27 ERA, the Yankees aren’t likely to rush him back.
*For Monday night’s Boston Red Sox-Chicago White Sox matchup at U.S. Cellular Field, winds of 13 mph blowing out to right field are expected.
*Gusts of 13 mph are expected at AT&T Park Tuesday for the Giants’ tilt with the Chicago Cubs.