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On Deck: It's opposite day

Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 5:19 pm
 
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By Matt Snyder


We've actually got a decent slate of games for a Monday night, with 22 teams in action. Plus, there's the MLB Draft, so it's actually a nice little Monday in terms of the middle of the MLB season. Let's dive in and take a look at three matchups chock full of contradictions.

BACK TO THE PACK: The Twins have won four in a row for the first time all season. The Indians have lost four in a row for the first time all season. Of course, seeing a Twins' winning streak and Indians' losing streak wouldn't have been so surprising if things went the way they were predicted to have gone this season. Most expected the Tribe to be where the Twins are and the Twins to be toward the top. So are the recent surges simply a correction, or just a fluke? Time will tell, but the Indians still lead the Twins by 12 1/2 games. On the hill Monday evening for the Indians is Josh Tomlin (7-2, 3.27), while Scott Baker (2-4, 3.86) gets the ball for the Twins. Minnesota at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET.

CREW TURNING TIDE: The Brewers went down to Florida with a 9-19 road record. The Marlins were 14-12 at home and right at the heels of the Phillies in the NL East. Three games later, the Brewers are in position to complete a four-game sweep in Miami. Late heroics have sparked the Brew Crew -- they've won each of the three games by one run, twice with homers in their final at-bat and once with a two-run seventh. So far in 2011, the two pitchers taking the hill Monday night haven't performed to expectations. Zack Greinke (4-1, 5.29) has been blessed with pretty incredible run support, as the Brewers have scored 29 runs in his past four starts. That accounts for his good record despite only three quality starts in six tries. On the other side, Javier Vazquez (3-4, 6.02) has been pretty bad for the Marlins this year in his return to the NL East, but he's got a 2.84 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks in his past three starts. Milwaukee at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET.

BOOM VS. BUST: The White Sox host the Mariners and, again, the fact that the Mariners have a better record at this point in the season would have been quite the surprising prediction back in March. Not only that, but back in March John Danks was expected to be a reliable starter for the White Sox while there were questions about whether Michael Pineda would be held down in the minors for one more year of seasoning. Instead, Danks sits at 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA and appears to have lost all his confidence. Meanwhile, Pineda is one of the top pitchers in the American League and a bona fide Rookie of the Year contender (if not front-runner). Is Monday when their respective fortunes continue or reverse? Seattle at Chicago, 8:10 p.m. ET.

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