Monday, June 18, 2018

MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - 6/18/2018 - 8:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros - Date: 6/18/2018 Surging Astros return home after 10-0 trip to take on Rays 13h ago. 2 min read HOUSTON -- On Sunday, it was shortstop Carlos Correa who played a pivotal role in keeping Houston's winning streak alive, belting a game-tying home run in the eighth inning as the Astros subsequently rolled to an 11th consecutive victory by rallying past the Kansas City Royals.Houston (48-25) relied on a number of contributors to complete a 10-0 road trip through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, with Correa following Evan Gattis, Max Stassi, Brian McCann and an assortment of others in striking the decisive blow to keep the line moving.The Astros have benefited from a resurgent offense and exceptional work from their bullpen to set a pace as the hottest team in the majors, with their stellar road trip underscoring their might."This was incredible just by the way we played and t he way we completed games," Astros manager A. J. Hinch said. "Obviously, winning every game is incredible. We did it in a lot of different ways and so we want to keep the same intent and the same mentality that we've been playing with. It's been pretty remarkable."It's hard to put into words. It's been somebody different every night. We've had good pitching; we've had good defense. We've rallied late, we've blown guys out early, so we're in a good place right now and we've got to continue to do that going home."It was a long trip. We played in some hot weather. It's a pretty resilient group to keep playing well and coming up with enough runs to win." Now the Astros return to Minute Maid Park to start a nine-game homestand on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. After improving to 29-11 on the road, the Astros are aiming to elevate their play at home, where they've been only slightly better than pedestrian (19-14)."Hopefully, we can go home and keep grinding and keep playing the way we've been playing," Correa said.Right-hander Gerrit Cole (8-1, 2.40 ERA) gets the starting nod for the Astros. Cole will face the Rays for the first time in his career. He allowed a season-high four runs in his previous start, working six innings and getting six strikeouts in a 13-5 win at Oakland on June 13.Cole is 4-0 with a 3.89 ERA in his previous six starts, surrendering eight home runs during that stretch.Right-hander Ryan Stanek (1-1, 2.55) will start the series opener for the Rays. It will mark the sixth start and 16th appearance of the season for Stanek, who has yet to face the Astros.After working out of the bullpen three times in his first four appearances this month, Stanek logged consecutive abbreviated starts against the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees on June 12 and 16, respectively.Stanek's outing against the Astros will mark the third consecutive bullpen day for the Rays (33-38), who claimed the finale of a four-game set in New York on Sunday behind 4 2/3 innings from right-hander Wilmer Font and four additional relievers.The Rays welcomed back shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the 10-day disabled list, with Hechavarria finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored against the Yankees.Hechavarria, who missed nearly a month with a right hamstring strain, is expected to play behind rookie Willy Adames and could be showcased as a trade chip in advance of the nonwaiver trade deadline.

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MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels - 6/18/2018 - 10:07 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels - Date: 6/18/2018 Angels up against Diamondbacks, Greinke in series opener 3h ago. 2 min read The Los Angeles Angels haven't faced right-hander Zack Greinke since the 2015 season, but they've continued to feel his effects.Greinke (5-5. 3.97 ERA) is scheduled to start when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series Monday night at Angel Stadium.The Angels (38-34) have lost five of their past six to fall eight games back of the final American League wild card.The Diamondbacks (39-32) dropped their past two after winning six of seven. Soccer Tipsters. Their lead in the National League West has dwindled to 1 1/2 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Angels remain just as starved for playoff success as they were in July 2012 when they acquired Greinke in a deal that sent young infield prospect Jean Se gura to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the package.It was an exciting time in Anaheim.Albert Pujols, a three-time NL Most Valuable Player, was in his first season with the Angels at age 32. Los Angeles center fielder Mike Trout was in his first full season in the majors and already an All-Star.Greinke even did his part, going 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in the last two months with the Angels, but they missed the playoffs for a third straight season and he opted to sign with the Dodgers in the offseason.Still in his prime, Greinke went 51-15 in three seasons with the Dodgers and helped them reach the playoffs each year.Meanwhile, Segura was named an NL All-Star a year after he was traded by the Angels and the 28-year-old shortstop continues to improve. Only now he's in the AL West with the Seattle Mariners and playing a key part.After Segura was traded to the Diamondbacks and he led the NL in hits in 2016, he was dealt to the Mariners, where he entered the weekend with the seco nd-highest batting average in the majors (.344).The Mariners lead the Angels by eight games for the final AL wild card.Meanwhile, the Angels are still seeking their first playoff win since 2009.They've had success when facing Greinke in the past. He's 3-5 with 3.91 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Angels, including 11 starts.Several Angels players have also hit well against Greinke during their careers.Luis Valbuena is 11-for-26, Pujols and Justin Upton are each 10-for-29, and Trout is 5-for-15.They'll try to drop Greinke's season record below .500, something he hasn't experienced this late in a season since 2010."As long as I'm able to make good pitches, it's fine," Greinke told reporters after his last start.The Angels will have one of their most successful starters this season ready to oppose Greinke.Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61) has solidified himself as a regular starter for the Angels, both through his performance and injuries t o other pitchers.He took the loss in his last outing, but even that performance included plenty of positives. Free Sport Pick. The 21-year-old right-hander went five innings against the Mariners, allowing three runs (two earned) and eight hits in the 6-3 loss."I think Jaime has definitely pitched himself onto our depth chart from spring," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters last week. "We're encouraged at how much he's grown, where he is right now and how much he'll help us this year. Sports Handicappers Rankings. There's no doubt, he's pitched his way into more looks for us." Barria has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of eight starts this season.

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MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/18/2018 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - Date: 6/18/2018 Brewers turn to Chacin against Pirates 7h ago. 2 min read Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin could have gotten something richer than the two-year, $15.5 million contract he signed with Milwaukee during the offseason.It turns out the Brewers certainly cashed in.Chacin (6-1, 3.32 ERA), who faces right-hander Trevor Williams (5-4, 4.38) and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a series opener Monday at PNC Park, is 6-0 with a 2.66 ERA in his past 12 starts, a career-high six-game winning streak.The Brewers are 12-3 in his starts overall."He's PITCHING," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said after Chacin's last outing, when he gave up one run in six innings Wednesday and combined with three relievers for a 1-0 shutout against the Cubs in Chicago."He's got some cunning and some craftiness out there, as well as good stuff." Chacin, who is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in seven career starts against Pittsburgh, introduced a split-fingered fastball Wednesday, switching to that after he struggled with command on his changeup.His performance more than 2 1/2 months into the season would seem to make him quite a deal for Milwaukee. He has no regrets."I've never been a guy who wanted a lot of attention," Chacin said. "I just want to go out there and do my job. I was happy to sign here because I saw the chemistry last year. I'm 30 years old, but I've been in the big leagues a little bit longer, and I really want to win. Basketball Picks. This is a good young team." Milwaukee (42-29) lost its second straight Sunday, 10-9 to the Philadelphia Phillies.Pittsburgh (35-36), which won two of three against Milwaukee in a series in early May, sits fourth in National League Central. Good Retu rn on Investment. The Pirates lost 8-6 Sunday to the Cincinnati Reds to end a three-game winning streak but still won a series after losing eight in a row."If somebody would have told me you're going to lose eight series, you'd think you're going to be horrible," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're not horrible. We're fighting. And we believe that our best baseball is in front of us. You've got to go play it, though." Second baseman Josh Harrison said that mindset has permeated the clubhouse."For one, nothing changes for us as far as our day-to-day grind, preparing," he said. "But we also know what's happened here the past couple weeks. Guys are still plugging away and coming ready to show up every day. ... We've just got to continue bringing it every day." Williams is in need of a turnaround just like his club. He won his first three 2018 starts, but he is 0-2 with an 8.57 ERA in his past five starts. Most recently, he gave up three earned runs (eight total) and six hits in three innings Tuesday in a 13-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies.Williams is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in three career appearances, two of them starts, against the Brewers.

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MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/18/2018 - 10:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants - Date: 6/18/2018 Giants seek better results in rematch with Marlins 4h ago. 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants will be out to avenge a series defeat on the road last week when they get a rematch with the Miami Marlins in a three-game set that begins Monday night.The Marlins' Caleb Smith (5-6, 3.75 ERA) and the Giants' Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.92), two young left-handers who dueled Wednesday in Miami, will square off again in the series opener.Neither pitcher was part of the decision in the Marlins' 5-4 win on Wednesday, a game in which the Giants blew 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 leads en route to a walk-off defeat.Brian Anderson's sacrifice fly off Giants closer Hunter Strickland ended the game, which was the Marlins' third straight narrow victory to open the series.The Giants salvaged a game in the finale Thursday, prevailing 6-3 in a 16-inning affa ir started by San Francisco's Dereck Rodriguez and Miami's Dan Straily, who are scheduled to hook up again Tuesday.Smith allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in his outing against the Giants last week. It was the first time he faced San Francisco in his career, leaving him with a 0-0 record and 4.26 ERA against them.The 26-year-old left the team for personal reasons and was placed on the bereavement list later in the week, but he is expected to be reinstated to the active roster in time for Monday's start.The second-year major-leaguer has struggled on the road in his career, going 3-5 with a 5.68 ERA. He has never pitched in San Francisco.Among the eight hits he allowed Wednesday was a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen, who had quite a series against the Marlins, going 7-for-20 with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored and five RBIs in the three games.Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt homered for the Giants in their 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, which allowed San Francisco to complete a 4-6 trip.The Giants have won seven of their last eight home games.San Francisco played Sunday without third baseman Evan Longoria, who suffered a broken hand Thursday. Sports Cappers. The Giants also are expecting to be without shortstop Brandon Crawford for the series against the Marlins.Crawford is scheduled to go on paternity leave Monday, with the birth of his fourth child considered to be imminent.It's possible Giants fans will get to see Pablo Sandoval at shortstop in the series. It's a move San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy indicated could be in the cards after Sandoval was pressed into emergency duty at second base when Joe Panik was injured last month."That decision hasn't been made, until we take a look at Pablo taking a few ground balls at short." Bochy said recently with a laugh,Suarez was in line for his third win of the season when he was pulled from last week's game after five innings with a 3-2 lead. He allowed two runs and five hits in his five innings.It was the rookie's first outing against the Marlins. He's 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA against them.Smith had two of the Marlins' five hits off Suarez. He's now 3-for-20, one of just 30 pitchers to have three or more hits this season.The Marlins opened a nine-game trip by winning two of three at Baltimore, giving them five wins in their last six games They'll play three at Colorado later in the week.

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MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies - 6/18/2018 - 8:40 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies - Date: 6/18/2018 Mets hope to provide support for deGrom vs. Rockies 14m ago. 3 min read DENVER -- Jacob deGrom will start for the New York Mets, hoping the offensive life his teammates have shown will help him end his agonizing misfortune.Colorado Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson (4-1 4.48 ERA) will oppose de Grom (4-2, 1.55) in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field.The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning Sunday to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3, giving New York (30-38) consecutive victories for the first time since it won four straight games from May 18 to May 21. Sports Picks Free. They scored on a two-strike double by Jose Bautista, a two-run homer by Brandon Nimmo and a solo homer by Asdrubal Cabrera."We've been waiting for a big hit to happen," Nimmo said. "I don't kno w what it means for the future, but for right now, to get two wins in a row against a good D-backs team, that's awesome." Nimmo's homer gave the Mets only their sixth win in 25 games since May 21.Meanwhile, Rockies closer Wade Davis gave up four runs in the ninth inning Sunday and threw 38 pitches in one-third of an inning as the Rockies (34-37) fell 13-12 to the Texas Rangers. Winning Sports Handicappers. The meltdown finished a 2-4 road trip and the Rockies slipped three games below .500 for the first time this season.The Rockies have lost 12 of their past 16 games, and Sunday's defeat marked the 21st time -- the most in the National League -- the Rockies lost after having a lead. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Their bullpen has a 5.49 ERA, the highest in the NL."It's tough. There is no way around that," Rockies shortstop Trevo r Story said after the loss on Sunday. "You never want to lose games, obviously, late like that. It's just one of those weird stretches right now. We are very confident in our guys, but it's tough to put words to it." The Rockies have lost seven straight games at Coors Field where they play their next seven games against the Mets and the Miami Marlins. Their record there is 11-19.The series against the Rockies will conclude a 10-game road trip for the Mets, who dropped the first four games before the back-to-back wins at Arizona.The ace right-hander has the lowest ERA in the majors and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 straight starts. During that span, he has a 0.87 ERA (six earned runs, 62 1/3 innings) with 83 strikeouts and 17 walks, but the Mets are 2-8.In his last start Wednesday at Atlanta, de Grom gave up one run in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was his sixth straight start of at least seven innings in which he allowed two or fewer earned runs.After the loss to the Braves, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said, "For us not to put up any runs for him again, I told him I was sorry. I don't know what else to tell him." DeGrom is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson of the 1999 Diamondbacks with five consecutive starts of seven innings or more with two or fewer runs allowed without his team coming away with a win.De Grom is 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA in five starts against the Rockies and 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in one start at Coors Field.Anderson has thrown seven innings in each of his past two starts -- both on the road, including a 7-2 win on Wednesday at Philadelphia, where he gave up six hits and one run and broke a string of four straight no-decisions.Anderson is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one start against the Mets.The Rockies are 7-7 in starts by Anderson, who is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in five starts at Coors Field this year and 9-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) there.

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MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/18/2018 - 8:15 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - Date: 6/18/2018 Rangers, Royals meet in series between last-place teams 4h ago. 3 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers, two struggling teams in last place in their divisions, will open a three-game series Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. They have dropped 26 of 36 games at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors. Overall, the Royals are 22-49. Only the Baltimore Orioles at 20-50 have a worse record.The Royals are 27 games below .500 for the first time since concluding the 2016 season at 28 below.The Rangers (29-44) are not much better. NHL Handicappers. They're buried in the basement in the American League West, 19 games beh ind the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, who swept a weekend series in Kansas City to extend their winning streak to 11 games.The Rangers halted a season-worst seven-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Free Sports Picks of the Day. They scored four in the ninth on Sunday to win a 13-12 slugfest over the Rockies in Arlington for their second straight victory.While it was a mismatch for the Royals against the Astros, Kansas City and Texas match up more evenly on paper."Our guys, they walk in the clubhouse and the clubhouse has got life, has got energy," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "These guys are pushing. They understand it's a struggle for them right now."Again, I've broken this down to them numerous times. All you can do is show up every day with energy and go out and give your best effort, that's it. Sometimes your best effort is an 0-for-4. Sometimes it's a 4-for-4. They're all incredibly talented. But you go out and give your best effort every single day. That's what you get paid for."The contract doesn't say, 'When you sign your contract, you're going to get X amount of dollars for 40 home runs, 200 hits. No. The contract says you're going to get X amount of dollars for your best effort every day.' And these guys are doing a great job of that." The Royals made a bevy of roster moves Sunday, bringing up infielder Adalberto Mondesi, outfielder Rosell Herrera and right-hander Wily Peralta from Triple-A Omaha. They optioned right-hander Scott Barlow and infielder Ramon Torres to their Pacific Coast League farm club. Left-hander Eric Skoglund was transferred from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.Mondesi is the organization's former top prospect but has not produced offensively in the majors."He's never had success up here," Yost said . "He's a young guy. You just try to pace him a little bit, play a couple of games here, a couple of games there and get his feet on the ground, let him start to have some success, which we all know he's going to have, just let him ease into that." Whit Merrifield, however, left in the second inning with a bruised left knee after fouling off a pitch and Mondesi was immediately pressed into action. He went 0-for-3 and struck out twice.Bartolo Colon will try to make history as he starts for Texas in the series opener. Colon has 243 victories, tied with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most in the majors by a Dominican native. He is also tied with Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson for 33rd on the career strikeout list with 2,502.Colon is 1-3 with a 9.51 ERA in his past five starts. Opponents are hitting .336 against him with a .710 slugging percentage.His season ERA has ballooned from 2.82 to 4.94 during that span while the season opponent's batting average c limbed from .212 to .258 in that stretch.Colon is 15-11 with a 5.00 ERA in 32 career games, 31 of them starts, against the Royals. He had a no-decision in a May 26 start against the Royals, allowing three runs and five hits in seven innings.He is 6-8 with a 5.53 ERA in 18 games in Kansas City. He has lost his last four starts at Kauffman Stadium dating to 2009.Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy has only one win in his last 27 Kauffman Stadium starts. He should have won his last home start, pitching eight scoreless innings and yielding three hits on Tuesday, but the Cincinnati Reds won 4-1 in 10 innings.Kennedy is 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in seven career starts against Texas. He had a no-decision on May 26 in Arlington, allowing two runs in five innings.He is winless in his last 12 starts, going 0-6 with a 5.98 ERA since his last win on April 7.

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MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/18/2018 - 8:05 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs - Date: 6/18/2018 Dodgers, Cubs square off in NLCS rematch 2h ago. 3 min read CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hitting home runs and scoring runs at enough of a prodigious clip this month that it is rare to see their bats go quiet.The Dodgers will enter this week's three-game series against the Chicago Cubs having won seven of their past 10 games. Before they managed just one run in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the Dodgers had averaged 7.15 runs per game and had hit a major-league best 34 home runs in the first 13 games of June.Although the Dodgers were unable to finish off a series sweep of the Giants in the first game in their past 13 without at least one homer, manager Dave Roberts doesn't believe that his team has become too homer-happy.Instead, the Dodgers managed just four hits on Sunday and scored their lone run on an error and they will be looking to rebound Monday at Wrigley Field in the opener of a three-game series with the Cubs in a rematch of last year's National League Championship Series."I don't think we were over-swinging," Roberts told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think we're sitting back and just trying to slug. We're trying to take good swings, and today the balls didn't go out of the ballpark." Sunday's loss snapped a five-game winning streak but didn't in any way diminish the Dodgers' confidence as they prepare to face the Cubs for the first time since clinching the pennant last fall.Kenta Maeda will start Monday's series opener. He is coming off a no-decision in his first start since returning from a hip injury.Maeda (4-4, 3.61 ERA) had been pitching extremely well before the hip injury on May 29. He had thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings with 20 strikeouts in his two previous starts before the injury.Mae da threw 76 pitches in his return on June 13 against the Texas Rangers when he allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. He will make his first career start against the Cubs on Monday.Like the Dodgers, the Cubs were unable to finish off a series sweep of the rival St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. After scoring 19 runs in the first two games of the series, the Cubs were shut down in a 5-0 loss. But the Cubs have won six of their past 10 games and remain 12 games above .500.The Cubs will have to wait to know the availability of infielder Javier Baez, who left Sunday's game with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch. According to the Cubs' official website, Baez will undergo an X-Ray to confirm there is no further damage.Baez started Sunday's game at shortstop in place of Addison Russell."(The pitch) got him right in the elbow," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in an in-game interview with ESPN. "Your hand, it does feel numb at that particular time. He just could not get the feel back. I don't think it's anything serious, but for right now it's going to hurt all night and maybe into tomorrow." Tyler Chatwood (3-5. 4.12) will attempt to get on track Monday against the Dodgers. He is seeking his first win since May 11. In his last outing, he allowed four runs in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.Chatwood has struggled with walks all season and has at least four in four of his past five outings. He is 5-9 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 career starts against the Dodgers.

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MLB Game Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/18/2018 - 7:10 PM EST

MLB Game Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Date: 6/18/2018 Indians welcome back Alonso vs. White Sox 5h ago. 3 min read CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians will welcome first baseman Yonder Alonso back into the lineup Monday night when they host the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field.Prior to Monday's game, Alonso will be activated off the family medical emergency list. He has missed the Indians' last three games.Alonso returns just in time to face one of his favorite opponents. In seven games against the White Sox this year, Alonso is hitting .400 (10-for-25), with four walks, four doubles, three RBIs and a .483 on-base percentage.The pitching matchup Monday night will be the identical pitching matchup from last Wednesday in Chicago: White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey vs. Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer.Bauer (5-5, 2.69 ERA) outpitched Covey (3-1, 2.29) in tha t game, even though Covey and the White Sox won the game 3-2. Good Return on Investment. That was the last win by the White Sox, who have lost their last four games and were swept in a three-game series by the Detroit Tigers."Overall, it wasn't a very good series for us," White Sox pitcher James Shields told MLB.com. "We've been playing some really good baseball as of late, and we're going to try to go into Cleveland feeling positive." Bauer pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts and two walks. Covey pitched seven innings giving up two runs on 10 hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.Bauer has struck out 10 or more batters in four consecutive starts, the longest such streak in the majors this season. Good Sports Handicappers. The only other Indians pitchers who have had 10 or more strikeo uts in four consecutive starts are Bob Feller and Corey Kluber.Bauer has also struck out 10 or more batters in five of his last six starts and ranks third in the American League with 121 strikeouts, trailing only Gerrit Cole (130) and Chris Sale (129). After averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings last year as a 17-game winner, Bauer this year is averaging 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings, which also ranks third in the league behind Cole and Sale.In 15 career appearances against the White Sox, Bauer is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA.Covey started this season at Triple-A Charlotte where, in seven starts, he was 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA. After being recalled by the White Sox, he lost his first game but in his last five starts is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA. In three starts in June, Covey is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA.Cleveland's pitching staff is in a bit of disarray after the club put two pitchers on the disabled list on Sunday. Carlos Carrasco, who was hit on the right elbow by a line drive off the b at of Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer on Saturday, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow contusion. Right-hander Shane Bieber was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Carrasco on the roster.The preliminary diagnosis on Carrasco is a right elbow contusion, although he's getting an MRI on Monday."Once he gets the MRI we'll know exactly what's going on in there," Indians manager Terry Francona said.The Indians also placed left-handed reliever Tyler Olson on the 10-day disabled list with a strained rib cage and recalled right-handed reliever Evan Marshall from Columbus.Cleveland's struggling bullpen has gotten a major boost from left-hander Oliver Perez, who was signed as a free agent on June 2 and has pitched well. In eight appearances, he has a 1.29 ERA with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings."He has a lot of deception, and he has good stuff," Francona said. "His breaking ball has a lot of bite and h is velocity is good. I think we caught a break there."

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