Triple the fun
It was a big weekend in New York, where American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the New York Yankees tripled up the Los Angeles Angels for their second consecutive three-game sweep. The Yankees have won six in a row and have allowed more than three runs only once in their last eight contests.
Wacha on the road
The St. Louis Cardinals are 9-1 when Michael Wacha takes the mound this season. Wacha (8-1, 2.18 ERA) has been especially impressive on the road. He is 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA away from home compared to marks of 2-1 and 3.24 while pitching in St. Louis. Wacha’s next start will come on Tuesday at the Colorado Rockies, who are starting Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 6.15 ERA).
The New York Mets have nixed their idea of a six-man rotation and are going back to five. As a result, Dillon Gee is no longer a starter. And it’s safe to say he is not happy about being demoted to the bullpen. Gee, who says he has zero value on the team now, is 0-3 with a 4.46 ERA in six starts after giving up four runs in four innings on Wednesday.
* After getting rocked in late April and early May, Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has picked up the pace on the mound. The southpaw has gone at least seven innings in each of his last five starts (all quality), and in that span his ERA has plummeted from 5.93 to 3.27. Sale has not allowed a run in his last 20.1 innings. He will take the bump on Monday against the Houston Astros.
* Since making three quality starts in his first four outings of 2015, Philadelphia Phillies’ veteran Jerome Williams (3-5, 5.68 ERA) has turned in only one such start in his last eight appearances. And even that was the bare minimum for such a distinction (six innings, three runs allowed). Philadelphia is 1-7 in Williams’ last eight starts heading into his date with the host Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
* Atlanta Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman went 0-for-3 on Sunday, but not before he enjoyed a nine-game hitting streak. Since the start of June, Freeman (.300, 10 HR, 34 RBI) is 9-for-20 with three homers, eight RBIs, and seven runs scored in six games. He has gone deep three times in his last 10 contests.
* The Oakland Athletics are the worst team in the American League (by far) at 23-36. Although they are a lucrative over team (34-21-4 O/U), the A’s have seen their bats go relatively quiet. Five everyday players batted .200 or worse last week.
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Seattle Mariners (23-33-1 O/U): The Mariners have been a productive under play throughout the season, but of late they have been a borderline lock to churn out unders. Seattle is 0-5 O/U in its last five overall. The team has not scored more than two runs in any of its last five contests (five runs in total during this stretch) and it has not allowed more than three runs in any of its last five.
* There is a 79 percent chance of thunderstorms at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Monday.
* Early forecasts are calling for a 37 percent chance of thunderstorms at Citi Field in New York when the Mets host the Giants Tuesday.
* Los Angeles Dodgers’ second baseman Howie Kendrick (.284, 5 HR, 23 RBI) missed almost all of a recent four-game series against the Cardinals because of a knee injury. But an MRI confirmed that there is no structural damage and Kendrick was a late replacement at second base on Sunday night. He expects to be ready for full-time duty on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, outfielder Yasiel Puig (hamstring) played on Saturday and Sunday for the first times since April 24.
* Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria (wrist) got a day off on Saturday and was not in the lineup for Sunday’s game at Seattle. Longoria (.273, 5 HR, 25 RBI), though, pinch ran in the eighth inning and scored a run.