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Milwaukee Brewers @ New York Yankees
AFTER a blistering start to the season, the Yankees have hit a rough patch. They haven’t won a series since they swept the Orioles a month ago. Locked at 1-1 a win against the Brewers will fix that bad streak.
Verdict: Yankees W
Houston Astros @ Toronto Blue Jays
THE LA Dodgers became the first team to reach 60 wins for the year on Saturday and with a win here the Astros could be in the same boat. My guess is they fall short north of the border though.
Verdict: Blue Jays W
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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs
AT just 43-44 the Chicago Cubs are still trying to find their mojo as they hit the midseason break. Jon Lester (5-5, 3.94 ERA) should lead them to .500 once Sunday’s done.
Verdict: Cubs W
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
CHRIS Archer (7-5, 3.95 ERA) will look to take down their division rival Red Sox in an attempt to keep fighting for the postseason. By no means are they out of the race, currently sitting 6th in the AL. Unfortunately for them the Red Sox will remain hot.
Verdict: Red Sox W
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals
ROOKIE starter Sean Newcomb (1-3, 3.58 ERA) has a tough end of the weekend ahead. He will have to combat three All-Star’s in the Nats stacked batting line-up and I don’t think he’ll emerge unscathed.
Verdict: Nationals W
San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies
TWO squads anchored at the bottom of the National League standings will be looking for some respite come the midseason break. Losers of five straight the Phillies streak of L’s will hit six.
Verdict: Padres W
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Baltimore Orioles @ Minnesota Twins
BOTH starting pitchers for the Orioles and Twins own ERA’s over five, meaning the batting line-ups could be in for a field day. Kyle Gibson (5-6, 5.82 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4, 6.64 ERA) will be fighting to get their win/loss ledger to .500, my monies on Jimenez.
Verdict: Orioles W
New York Mets @ St Louis Cardinals
JUST five games into his 2017 campaign Steven Matz (2-1, 2.12 ERA) has been helping the Mets chalk up W’s. He pitched a seven scoreless frames against a formidable Washington line-up so he should take care of the Cards with ease. Should. He won’t though.
Verdict: Cardinals W
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers
THE lone All-Star for the Rangers has a chance to head into the break with a win fresh on his mind. Yu Darvish (6-7, 3.56 ERA) won’t pitch on Tuesday for the AL as per the Rangers request to have him ready for the second half of the season, but I’m predicting he’ll enter the break on a high.
Verdict: Rangers W
Chicago White Sox @ Colorado Rockies
AFTER soaring to a 47-26 record the Rockies have struggled ever since. They have gone 4-13 since, looking anything but a contender for the NL crown. The lefty Colorado Kyle Freeland (8-7, 4.09) will help right the ship.
Verdict: Rockies W
Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants
BOTH the Miami Marlins and San Fransisco Giants will end disappointing starts to the season on Sunday, with a series win already heading to Miami. The Giants will look forward to having Madison Bumgarner back with them for the second half of the season, but he can’t save them from avoiding the sweep.
Verdict: Marlins W
Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners
THE two teams that are sitting at the bottom of the AL West square off in one of the late afternoon games. Combining for just one All-Star both squads will look to enjoy the time off and regroup.
Verdict: Mariners W
Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
WHAT better way to celebrate becoming the first team to 60 wins is there than by sweeping the series against the Royals. After winning game two of the series in bizarre fashion LA is rolling right now and they won’t be stopped.
Verdict: Dodgers W
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks
THE Reds and Diamondbacks are two teams travelling in very different directions right now. With Cincinnati 14.5 games behind Arizona, it’s to see the Diamondbacks not claiming this one.
Verdict: Diamondbacks W
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians
HALF of the season officially concludes when the Tigers and Indians play at Progressive field. With one team back on track and another trying to get on track the division rivals are clearly on different pathways right now. Therefore, the final win before the All-Star break goes to the Indians.
Verdict: Indians W