It’s been all Cleveland Indians so far in the opening two games of this three-game set with Detroit Tigers. The Indians have outscored the Tigers 15-2 and will be looking for the sweep with their best pitcher taking the mound Sunday night.
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Cincinnati Reds has some of the best young talent in the Major Leagues, but as can be expected they are going through the growing pains of a full 162 game season. They started the season with a bang and were 29-30 as recently as June 8th.
First place appears to agree with Milwaukee Brewers well, thank you very much. This is a team that not many had pegged for the top of the standings when the season began, but they’ve been hanging out at or near the top since the second half of May.
Baltimore Orioles has been slumping for weeks and it’s no mystery why that is. Their pitching has been atrocious, the worst in the Majors by a country mile. Their team ERA in the last 30 days -heading into Wednesday’s games- is 6.61. That’s a full 1.22 worse than Detroit who are 14th in the American League.
New York Mets will try to salvage a win and snap a three-game losing streak in their series finale in Washington on Wednesday. They had their four-game winning streak snapped on Sunday at home to Philadelphia before dropping the first two of this series.
Getting swept at home by the second worst team in the National League is not exactly a great way to get your July started. But that’s exactly what happened to Pittsburgh Pirates as San Francisco came to town. The Giants pitching showed up and limited the Pirates to nine runs over the weekend.
The Boston Red Sox appear to be heating up and perhaps ready to create a little distance between them and their AL East rivals.
They head to Texas winners of six out of seven after dismantling Toronto on the road over the weekend. That follows right on the heals of a four-game series with Minnesota where they took three out of four games.
Washington Nationals and St Louis Cardinals fought a heck of a pitcher’s duel on Saturday with the Cardinals prevailing in the end, 2-1.
Michael Wacha was sharp, pitching six scoreless innings for the win and the bullpen held on, yielding one run in the bottom of the ninth as they preserved the win.
These have not been good times in the Bronx as the New York Yankees have gone through a June swoon. It is now five series and counting since they last won one. And the teams the losses have been piling up against are not exactly la crème de la crème of baseball.
Baseball is a very fickle sport. One day you’re up and everything’s going your way. But an error here, a seeing ball with eyes there and all of a sudden the losses can start to pile up. Just ask the Colorado Rockies who for two and a half months could do no wrong.