The Wright Stuff
David Wright returned to the Mets lineup on Tuesday, and he hit a home run in his first at bat. The Mets have been tearing the cover off the ball, batting a major league best .402 over the last seven days. New York has won seven in a row heading into Friday’s game versus Boston, and there may be no end in sight as their next nine games come against teams with a losing record.
Home of the Braves
Atlanta is not a popular team with the betting public, and more often than not they are an underdog even at home. The Braves have managed to win six of their last 10 home games, and they are 33-26 overall at home this season. They host the Yankees this weekend, and they will most certainly be an underdog in all three games.
Seattle’s Nelson Cruz has seized control of the home run race. His 39 homers so far are four more than Baltimore’s Chris Davis who is second in the majors. Cruz is on a tear in the second half, batting .346 since the All Star Break. The Mariners are in Chicago this weekend, and John Danks will start Game 1, and Cruz is batting .304 with a home run and 4 RBIs lifetime versus Danks.
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* Michael Cuddyer got off to a slow start with the Mets, but he’s really picked up the pace since the All Star break. The 36 year old was 7-for-11 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs in a four game series at Philadelphia, and he’s batting .350 in August.
* Mike Trout has only hit one home run in August, and that was three weeks ago. He’s batting just .205 this month, and he may have fallen behind Josh Donaldson in the AL MVP race.
* Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers in his last start, and he’s scheduled to go Saturday in Minnesota. He’s faced the Twins twice already this year, pitching well in both games despite a record of 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA.
* Julio Teheran has become quite underrated this year, and his overall numbers (9-6, 4.29 ERA) don’t exactly stand out. He has been dominant at home though, going 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 starts. He will start Sunday at home against the Yankees.
* The Phillies have been getting crushed lately, losing six of their last seven home games. All seven of those games went over the total, and the Phillies have trended over at a rate of 27-6-4 in their last 37 home games.
* It’s a bit of good news vs. bad news for C.C. Sabathia, as the left-hander has been told he will not require surgery on his injured knee. The bad news is that he may be relegated to the bullpen after going 4-9 with a 5.27 ERA as a starter.
* Adam Jones is banged up after crashing into a wall in Kansas City on Thursday, and his status for Friday’s game remains uncertain.
* Wind will be blowing in from rightfield at around 12 miles per hour in Arlington when the Texas Rangers host the Baltimore Orioles Saturday.