The Phillies seek their sixth home series victory of the season with a seasoned veteran on the hill.
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta ended a two-game skid with a 6-3 extra-innings victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park and quieted the home town media about making a run at the first place team. “All you heard last night, whether you were watching television, listening to the radio, was the fact this series was going to turn the momentum around,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. The club is now 3-2 in July (+70) after going 17-11 in June and 20-8 in May. Atlanta gets set to deal with a left-handed starter for the 26th time this season, posting a 12-13 record in those games (-260) and 63-68 mark the last three years (-1,500).
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The Yankees offense is firing on all cylinders and hope to get their star third baseman back into the lineup for the second game of this series.
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
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Two teams going in opposite directions meet at historic Fenway Park for a three-game interleague set.
Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox
Philadelphia was shutout for the seventh time this season and now head to face one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Phillies are on pace for 20 shutouts, which would be the most since being blanked 22 times in 1969. Even with its offensive troubles of the past few weeks, Philadelphia is the only team in baseball to have four different players with 10 home runs this season. The club is currently 3-5 this month (-380), after going 11-15 during the 2009 season in June. Don’t expect things to drastically turn around for the Phillies during interleague play, as they’ve gone 17-30 the past three years (-1,690)
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Wednesday MLB Handicapper Report
- The Orioles are coming off a 4-4 homestand against Seattle (2-1), Cleveland (1-2) and Kansas City (1-1). Baltimore is 11-11 in its last 22 games, after starting the year 2-16.
- IF Ty Wigginton has set a team-high by hitting in nine straight games, going 14-for-36 (.389) with two homers and six RBI.
- Team has posted a 3-9 record versus left-handed starters this season and 10-18 against righties.
- In their last 15 games, the Orioles have been held to one run five times and were held scoreless once. Overall, the team has had 12 games this year where they scored one run or fewer.
- Defense has made just one error in the last 62.2 innings of play. The Orioles are fifth in the AL in fielding percentage (.984).
- After going 1-6 in their first seven one-run games, the O’s have won six of their last seven one-run games.
- Three Orioles starters rank in the Top 26 in the AL in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Kevin Milwood is 10th (3.20), Jeremy Guthrie is 11th (3.00) and Brian Matusz is 26th (2.17)
- In five career starts against Texas, SP Jeremy Guthrie is 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA. He has not started a game in Arlington since 7/6/07.
- The right-hander snapped his career-high eight game losing streak on May 8 at Minnesota, outdueling Minnesota LHP Francisco Liriano. He has won his last two starts since the skid.
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Today we take a look at what should be 2 of the best games of the day.
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Tampa Bay travels to the Bronx in an unfamiliar role this late in the season, carrying an MLB-best record of 28-11 (+1,014) into this series. To put the current record in perspective, the Rays didn’t win their 28th game of the 2009 season until June 4 (56th game). The Rays are 1-2 against the Yankees in 2010, losing the series at Tropicana Field in April. Overall, the team has dropped 10 of the last 15 meetings, including seven straight at Yankee Stadium. Their fortune may change in New York this time around, carrying an impressive 15-4 road mark (+1,050) into this division battle.
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There is a very interesting pitching match-up in Arizona tonight. Two hot teams – the Phillies and the Diamondbacks clash with two pitchers at opposite ends of their careers. Jamie Moyer is older than the dirt he’ll be standing on on the mound, while Max Scherzer is a young phenom making his second MLB appearance and first start. Scherzer is 23. When he was born Moyer was a Cubs prospect in the New York – Penn League.
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