weekend’s major league action:
Diamondbacks Bust Under Streak
The Arizona Diamondbacks (+139, 7.5) used a big ninth inning to
end a lengthy Under streak in a 10-2 win over host Pittsburgh.
The Diamondbacks racked up seventh runs in the ninth after it
appeared they were headed to their seven consecutive Under
Expect offense to be at a premium Friday when the San Francisco
Giants (-116, 6.5) visit the San Diego Padres in the opener of
a three-game series at Petco Park. The teams have combined to
go 1-7-1 O/U in their nine meetings this year, a big reason for
the Padres’ 26-55-4 overall O/U mark.
Here We Go Again
Cubs hurler Jeff Samardzija is still finding
it hard to rack up victories as he prepares to take the hill
Saturday against the host Washington Nationals. Samardzija has
just two wins on the season despite a 2.83 ERA, and is 0-4
against the moneyline over his last four starts.
Low, Low Price
Tampa Bay ace David Price has increased his
trade value exponentially of late, recording seven straight
quality starts while racking up 68 strikeouts against just nine
walks over that span. It’s no surprise, then, that Price is 1-6
O/U in that stretch entering Sunday’s showdown with host
* Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has
been unstoppable of late, allowing just 11 hits over 24
scoreless innings while striking out 36 in his previous three
starts. Kershaw carries a six-start winning streak into
Friday’s encounter with the host Colorado Rockies (+151).
* Nights have been kind to Baltimore starter Ubaldo
Jimenez – at least, compared to days – as he gets
ready to face the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Saturday
evening. Jimenez is 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA under the lights
compared to 0-5 with a 10.55 ERA during the day.
* New York Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda looks
to preserve his recent string of Unders as he takes the mound
Sunday afternoon against the host Minnesota Twins. Kuroda has
put together six consecutive Under outings, though he has just
one victory to his credit in that stretch.
* Houston second baseman Jose Altuve had three
hits in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Angels to increase his
average to .347. Altuve has just four hits in 18 career at-bats
against C.J. Wilson, who starts for Los
Angeles (-175, 7.5) on Friday night.
* Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez
belted his 21st home run of the season in the Tigers’ 8-1
drubbing of Tampa Bay on Thursday. Martinez will face Rays
right-hander Chris Archer on Saturday night;
Martinez is 1-for-3 in his career against him.
* Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 0-for-4
in Wednesday’s win over Minnesota and finds himself in the
clutches of a 2-for-32 slump. Gordon may not find much relief
Sunday, as he’s just 4-for-22 with eight strikeouts against
Cleveland probable starter Corey Kluber.
San Diego Padres (3-13-1 O/U): With most teams
alternating Overs and Unders with at least some regularity, the
Padres can be counted upon to provide a reliable source of low
totals. The Padres are far and away the class of the league
when it comes to the Under, going 26-55-4 to date.
* New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia
will visit Dr. James Andrews after an MRI revealed swelling in
his injured knee. Sabathia is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight
starts this season; New York is 3-5 S/U and 5-3 O/U in those
* Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh
Donaldson missed his second straight game Thursday
with back stiffness. Oakland is 2-1 S/U, 2-1 O/U and +100 units
with Donaldson out of the lineup so far this season; he has 18
homers and 61 RBIs on the campaign.
* Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez
expects to be activated from the disabled list prior to the
All-Star break as he continues his recovery from finger
surgery. The Rockies are just 10-23 SU, 18-11-4 O/U and a
whopping -1,123 units with Gonzalez on the sidelines.
WAG of the Day
Aurielle Lindblom is the wife of Oakland
Athletics reliever Josh Lindblom.
* Wind at Progressive Field will blow in from right field at 9
mph for Friday’s game between host Cleveland (-116, 8) and
Kansas City. The Indians were a perfect 4-0 under similar wind
conditions in 2013.
Umpire Note of the Day
Under is 16-5-1 in umpire Angel Hernandez’s last 22 home games
behind home plate involving the Angels. Hernandez will call the
balls and strikes when Los Angeles entertains Houston on
** Odds, stats, weather forecast and probable pitchers as of
1:55 a.m. ET Friday.