Felix Hernandez, the top candidate to start for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, was scheduled to pitch Thursday, but was held back as Seattle trails first-place Oakland by nine games in the West while holding down the final wild card spot by 1 1/2 games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 2.74 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.11)
Samardzija yielded one run and four hits while striking out five in seven innings of a 4-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday.
Hernandez received a no-decision after allowing two runs and three hits while striking out eight in eight frames of Seattle’s 3-2 victory in 14 innings over the White Sox in Chicago on Saturday.
– Over is 6-0 in Athletics last 6 road games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
– Over is 6-1 in Hernandezs last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Carl Crawford lost his starting job in left field to Matt Kemp after landing on the disabled list May 28 with an injured left ankle, and manager Don Mattingly doesn’t want to disrupt the team’s positive momentum.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Jesse Hahn (4-2, 2.34 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Dan Haren (8-5, 4.06)
Hahn has been a pleasant surprise for the Padres while flashing an impressive curveball and mid-90s fastball.
Haren needs to be careful when facing Padres outfielder Seth Smith, who hit two solo homers against him on June 20.
– Over is 3-0-1 in Dodgers last 4 games following a win.
– Over is 3-0-1 in Dodgers last 4 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
The Angels’ 15-6 rout in the series opener was more of the same for both teams as Los Angeles won for the seventh time in eight games while sending the Rangers to their 19th loss in 22 contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Garrett Richards (10-2, 2.71 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Nick Tepesch (3-4, 4.29)
Richards won his fourth consecutive start with an overpowering performance last time out, striking out a career-high 11 and giving up one run over 7 1/3 innings against Houston.
Tepesch sealed his fate when he was rocked for five first-inning runs in a loss to the New York Mets on Sunday but still managed to go six innings and was charged with six runs.
– Under is 3-1-1 in Angels last 5 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
– Under is 10-3 in Rangers last 13 games as a home underdog of +151 to +200.
Torii Hunter continues to swing a hot bat for the Detroit Tigers, who look to extend their lead in the American League Central to 6 1/2 games over the host Kansas City Royals when the teams resume a four-game series Friday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Anibal Sanchez (5-3, 3.18 ERA) vs. Royals LH Danny Duffy (5-8, 2.86)
Sanchez is looking to bounce back from a rough outing against Tampa Bay on Saturday when he yielded seven runs and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
Duffy had a 1.69 ERA in six June starts, but was not quite as sharp against Cleveland on Sunday, when he allowed four runs on 10 hits over six frames.
– Over is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games as a favorite.
– Over is 4-0 in Royals last 4 Friday games.
The Cleveland Indians own the best home record in the American League Central and are hoping to use that to their advantage when they open a three-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday.
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (3-6, 4.90 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (8-6, 2.86)
Noesi is struggling to find any consistency as he followed up a five-run, seven-walk disaster on July 1 by keeping Seattle scoreless over 6 2/3 frames five days later.
Kluber was denied a spot on the AL All-Star team as Chicago’s Chris Sale won the final vote on Thursday but certainly is worthy of a spot with his performance of late.
– Over is 5-0 in White Sox last 5 games as a road underdog of +201 or greater.
– Over is 7-1 in Indians last 8 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.