Yankees on for another big win
The Baltimore Orioles head to New York to face the Yankees in the third series between the AL rivals of the season. The Yankees have won three straight games against the Orioles by a 29-11 margin and with Orioles pitcher David Hess on a poor run of form that run looks set to continue. Hess hasn’t won a game since early April and has lost four of his six starts since then on his way to a 1-4 record and a 5.50 ERA.
The Yankees are chasing the division lead and with Miguel Andujar boasting a 100% hitting record against Hess I expect the New York to win and win well.
Berrios chasing the league lead against LA
Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins is 6-1 on the season and, facing a lacklustre Los Angeles Angels side he has a good chance of earning a league leading seventh win. The 24-year-old from Puerto Rico has displayed exceptional control all year and has not given up a walk in almost a month. The Los Angeles Angels come in to town off the back of a 5-1 loss to the lowly Orioles last night and struggling for consistency. Star hitter Mike Trout and his side are almost the epitome of an average team, they have a 19-21 record and have scored almost the same amount of runs as they have conceded. With Berrios a tough man to beat, the Twins should have enough to extend their division lead.
D-backs bats should have enough
The Arizona Diamondbacks boast the fifth best batting average in the Majors and that should be key in tonight’s match against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Arizona (22-19) will look to back up pitcher Robbie Ray to continue his good form after pitching a shutout across 5 2/3 innings last time out.
Ray will be facing Nick Kingham, a man who is more regularly seen as a bullpen guy and is certainly not known as a power pitcher. Kingham has just 18 strikeouts this season and facing a lineup who are among the best in the league at putting the ball in play, I expect a high scoring Arizona win tonight.
Fiers will struggle to continue hitless run
Mike Fiers returns to the mound after a historic night last time out. The Oakland Athletics starter threw the 300th no-hitter in baseball history, and the second of his career, against the Cincinnati Reds but tonight he faces an entirely different proposition. The Seattle Mariners are the highest scoring team in baseball, and have been consistently dominant against teams, like the A’s, with a losing record.
The Mariners are 15-4 against teams below .500 and will expect to end the feel-good factor around Fiers tonight.
Source: US Sports