Seattle slew of losses
The Seattle Mariners have lost five games in a row after getting swept in three straight by the New York Yankees earlier this week. Seattle has gone eight consecutive contests without scoring more than three runs. Second baseman Robinson Cano is 2-for-19 dating back to last Saturday.
He’s a Joc
Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder Joc Pederson is on a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Five of those nine have been of the multi-hit variety for the 23-year-old. Pederson (.267, 17 HR, 32 RBI) has also gone deep in five consecutive games.
Over automatic with Bradley
Since getting hit in the head by a comebacker on April 28, Archie Bradley of the Arizona Diamondbacks has watched his ERA balloon from 1.80 to 5.80 in the span of four starts. He returned on May 16 and has given up at least four earned runs in each of his last four appearances while never lasting more than five innings. The over is 7-0 in Bradley’s last seven starts heading into Saturday’s home date with the New York Mets.
* Oakland Athletics’ veteran Jesse Chavez is just 2-5 in 12 appearances (eight starts), but he is sporting a 2.11 ERA. He has not surrendered a single run in his last two outings (16 innings). The under is 6-1-1 in Chavez’s eight starts. The 31-year-old will get the nod on Saturday at the Boston Red Sox.
* Jason Hammel of the Chicago Cubs is averaging more than a strikeout per inning through 10 starts this season. He has mowed down 69 batters in 67 innings of work after recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in Monday’s 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins. The under is 6-2 in Hammel’s last eight outings. He will take the mound again on Saturday at the Washington Nationals.
* Pittsburgh Pirates’ center fielder Andrew McCutchen (.293, 7 HR, 34 RBI) is on a five-game hitting streak and has nine base knocks in those five. He batted .330 in May and is off to a .714 start in June. The Pirates have won three games in a row and 11 of 13 and the over is 4-0-3 in their last seven.
* The Kansas City Royals are 0-3 O/U in their last three overall and 1-5 O/U in their last six. They have crossed the plate exactly one time in a whopping five of their last eight games. Second baseman Omar Infante is 1-for-22 in his last six contests.
Atlanta Braves (32-18-3 O/U): The over is 4-0-1 in the Braves’ last five overall. They have scored at least six runs in each of their last five games, including a total of 37 during this potent stretch. At the same time, Atlanta allowed 16 runs in its last two games of this week’s series against Arizona.
WAG of the Day
Torrie Wilson, now ex-girlfriend of Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez:
* Forecasts are calling for a 46 percent chance of rain at Nationals Park when the Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs Thursday evening.
* The Under has posted a record of 7-0 in Marty Foster’s previous seven games behind home plate. He’ll be calling balls and strikes at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox host the Minnesota Twins Thursday.
* The Colorado Rockies are dealing with more than their fair share of injuries. Starter Jordan Lyles will undergo toe surgery and miss the rest of the season. Left fielder Corey Dickerson (.306, 5 HR, 16 RBI) said on Wednesday he hopes to return from a foot problem in a few days.
* New York Yankees’ outfielder Carlos Beltran (foot) missed Wednesday’s game and Brian McCann left in the middle of it because of a sore right foot. Beltran (.241, 4 HR, 21 RBI) fouled a ball off himself during Tuesday’s win over Seattle. McCann (.248, 8 HR, 33 RBI) will have an MRI on Thursday.