Tigers burning bright—at least on offense
Seven consecutive contests involving the Detroit Tigers have gone over the total. They have scored 29 runs in their last four and they have allowed 54 runs in their last eight. Right fielder J.D. Martinez has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games. First baseman Miguel Cabrera (.397 average in June) has a ridiculous nine multi-hit performances in his last 13 games.
Cashner not cashing in
San Diego Padres’ righty Andrew Cashner has not gone seven innings since May 27, a span of five starts. He is 2-9 this year partly because of a 4.35 ERA and also due to a horrendous defense behind him. Of Cashner’s 62 runs allowed in 2015, a whopping 19 have been unearned. The 28-year-old is 0-5 at home, where he will face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Beasts of the East?
Are the Washington Nationals finally taking control of the National League East? They have won five in a row (1-4 O/U) and have surrendered a mere five total runs during this current streak. Meanwhile, the New York Mets—now 3.5 games back—have lost seven in succession and have scored a miniscule nine runs during the skid. They are also 1-8 O/U in their last nine.
WAG of the Day
Taylor Caswell, girlfriend of Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman.
* Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals will start against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at home, where he owns a 3.16 ERA compared to a 2.68 mark on the road. Wacha is 9-3 with a 2.85 ERA on the season, but he has given up 11 earned runs in his last three starts (18 innings).
* Scott Kazmir will also take the mound at home on Saturday, and that is outstanding news for the Oakland Athletics. Kazmir is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA in Oakland this season; he is 1-3 with a 4.20 ERA on the road. The A’s have won the right-hander’s last three starts and he has allowed only three earned runs in his last 20.1 innings of work.
* Since last Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies have four regulars who are hitting between .348 and .481. Third baseman Maikel Franco is leading the way with 13 hits, three homers, and 11 RBIs in his last six games. The over is 6-0 in the team’s last six and 8-1 in its last nine.
* Right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is among the Texas Rangers who have gone quiet with the bats. Choo (.233, 8 HR, 32 RBI) is hitting .227 in June and he has missed the past two games with back spasms. Texas has scored more than two runs only once in its last six outings.
* There is a 51 percent possibility of thunderstorms at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the L.A. Dodgers Thursday.
* Forecasts suggest a 54 percent chance of thunderstorms and winds blowing in from leftfield at around 12 mph when the Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.
* The New York Mets are just 1-7 in their last eight games with Victor Carapazza umpiring behind home plate. He’ll be calling pitches when the Mets visit the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday.
New York Yankees (40-29-3 O/U): Thanks to seven straight games going over the total, the Yankees are one of the most profitable over teams in the business in 2015. The winning team has reached double-digits in the run column in each of New York’s last five contests. In their seven most recent outings, the Yankees have crossed the plate 58 times. They have also allowed 36 runs in their last four.
* San Francisco Giants’ left fielder Nori Aoki was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday because of small fracture in his right fibula. There is no timetable for his return, but Aoki (.317, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 12 SB) is expected to miss considerably more than 15 days. He has already been out since leaving last Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
* The Los Angeles Angels placed starter Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week and they do not expect him back before the all-star break. L.A. has an off day on Thursday so they do not need an extra starter to fill in for Weaver (4-8, 4.75 ERA) during this weekend’s three-game series against the visiting Seattle Mariners.