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On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: June 5, 2011 2:54 pm
 
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By Matt Snyder


Skid Stoppers: The Phillies have lost four straight games, but still remain atop the NL East thanks to the Marlins having lost three straight. Each of the two squads have a pretty good shot to stop the bleeding Sunday, at least if you look at the starting pitchers. The Phillies send Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) to the hill at Pittsburgh while the Marlins are giving the ball to Anibal Sanchez (5-1, 2.57) against the Brewers. Halladay would be the ace on any team and Sanchez has become the ace of Florida with Josh Johnson sidelined. Halladay and Sanchez look to the play the role of stopper Sunday and the smart money is on each halting their teams' respective losing streaks. Milwaukee at Florida, 1:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING). Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Lackey's Back: John Lackey has been sidelined since May 11 with a sore elbow, but will again toe the slab for the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Lackey's been nothing short of dreadful this season for Boston, sporting an 8.01 ERA through 39 1/3 innings. Fortunately for him, he's facing the A's -- who have a pretty sub-par offense. One of his best outings of the season came against Oakland, too, back on April 19 when he went six innings and only gave up four hits and one earned run. The Red Sox likely won't extend Lackey, but he needs to be efficient and get as late into the game as possible, as they used seven pitchers in Saturday's 14-inning marathon. The A's are obviously in a similar situation with the taxed bullpen, and they'll send Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.68) to the hill. Last time Anderson faced the Red Sox, he threw eight shutout innings and took home the win. Oakland at Boston, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Indians Reeling: The Indians still sport the best record in baseball, but the hold is a bit more tenuous than it was a few weeks ago. The Tribe is actually 3-8 since May 24 and is in danger of its first four-game losing streak Sunday. In fact, the Indians haven't been swept in anything more than a two-game series this season, but a loss Sunday to the Rangers would mean a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers. The Indians haven't just been losing to the Rangers, either, they've been getting worked over -- having been outscored 22-6 in the first three games of the series. Things won't get any easier Sunday, as C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.32) gets the ball for the Rangers. The Indians send Mitch Talbot to the hill. He was obliterated in his first start upon returning from the DL, but looked very solid last time out, going 6 2/3 innings and only allowing one run on May 31. Texas at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

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On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:50 pm
 

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

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Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:42 pm
 

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

"Halladay and Sanchez look to the play the role of stopper Sunday and the smart money is on each halting their teams' respective losing streaks"

Phillies down 2-1 and Marlins 5-0, both in the 5th inning. Looks like your "smart money" is going to leave you BROKE.



Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:57 pm
 

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

and not to mention 16 of the mets 31 losses have been blow leads in the 7th inning or later



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks

Really ? With the Phillies, Hamels had the streak ended Friday night, it's a hitting problem with that team. And the only reason the Phillies are in 1st in the East is because the MArlins and Braves simply have blown every opportunity to overtake them. Every and plentiful at that. Halladay will have to pitch a perfect game, even there will the Phillies get him the run support he needs. Friday night's 2-1 loss, The Pirates tied the game with 1 run on 1 lousy hit. The bullpen allowed another hit so after 9 innings the Pirates had 1 run on 2 hits. Phillies has 1 run on 6 hits at that point. In 12 innings the Pirates won with 2 runs on 5 hits. Forward to the Saturday Pirates win. Phillies had really one shot, down 6-3 bases loaded & 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Outside of that, the Pirates are looking like the WS contender.


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