Hanley going ham
Nobody is hotter than Hanley Ramirez (.292, 10 HR, 22 RBI) right now. The left fielder for the Boston Red Sox has homered in four of his last six games (five homers in total during this stretch) and boasts four multi-hit performances in his last six outings. Boston (15-7 O/U) has gone over the total in five of its six most recent contests.
San Diego slumping
The San Diego Padres have lost three in a row (3-0 O/U) and seven of their last eight games (4-4 O/U). Expected to score big after spending big on guys like Justin Upton and Matt Kemp, the Padres have crossed the plate more than four times in a game only once in their last eight outings. They are fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, who outscored them by a total of 30-9.
The Detroit Tigers won their last three series against the Kansas City Royals in 2014 and went 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between the two teams. Additionally, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 head-to-head encounters. Detroit and K.C. will begin a four-game set on Thursday.
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* Cincinnati Reds’ starter Anthony DeSclafani has been one of the biggest stories in baseball this season. The 25-year-old righty is 2-1 with a National League-leading 1.04 ERA in four starts (26 innings). DeSclafani will take the mound on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
* New York Yankees’ southpaw C.C. Sabathia has lost all four of his starts in 2015 even though his team is a respectable 13-9. The veteran is plagued by a 5.96 ERA through 25.2 innings of work. Next up for Sabathia is a Friday start against the Red Sox, who roughed him up for a 7.22 ERA in five games in 2013 and a 4.15 ERA in two games last season.
* That Baltimore Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis has hit three home runs in his last four games is not a huge surprise. A .400 average (6-for-15) in his last four is more unexpected. Davis has hit safely in 10 of Baltimore’s last 12 contests. The Orioles (13-6-1 O/U) are the second most reliable over team in baseball.
* The Philadelphia Phillies (8-14 SU, 10-8-4 O/U) have crossed the plate 60 times through 22 games. No other ballclub in the National League East has scored fewer than 93 runs and no other team in the NL has scored fewer than 71 runs. First baseman Ryan Howard has three dingers in his last four outings, but he has only one other hit in his last seven games and is batting .191.
Atlanta Braves (14-7 O/U): The Braves have scored at least four runs in five straight games and they surrendered 13 in each of their last two outings against the Washington Nationals earlier this week. All three of Atlanta’s games in its series against Washington went over the total. The team is 4-0 O/U in its last four. Next up for the Braves is a four-game set with the Reds, who are 3-1-1 O/U in their last five.
* Thursday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays could see some rain. Forecasts are calling for as much as a 60 percent chance of rain during the game.
* The St. Louis Cardinals are 2-5 in their last seven ballgames with Lazaro Diaz behind home plate. He’ll be calling balls and strikes when the Cards host the Phillies Thursday.
* Nationals’ starter Max Scherzer is scheduled to return on Friday against the New York Mets. Scherzer sprained a thumb last Thursday but threw from the bullpen on Tuesday and appears ready to go. He is 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA in four starts to begin his tenure in Washington.
* Astros’ shortstop Jed Lowrie suffered a thumb injury on Monday that will require surgery and keep him out until after the all-star break. Lowrie is hitting .300 (18-for-60), with four homers, 10 RBIs, and 11 runs scored. Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-9 in starts at shortstop on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Astros, who have won six in a row (6-0 O/U).