On Deck: Streaking time
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:12 pm
By Matt Snyder
It's a pretty heavy night of action for a Thursday, with only four teams having the night off. We'll highlight three matchups that include multiple streaks.
Bronx Battle: The Red Sox take a five-game winning streak into Thursday night's game against the Yankees and are now in sole possession of the AL East. Meanwhile, the Yankees hold only a 1 1/2 game lead over third place Tampa Bay and a 2 1/2 game lead over the Blue Jays. Even the Orioles are only 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees. It's a tight division, so every game is big. Thursday evening, it's a pitching battle of the Titans. Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01) takes the hill for the Red Sox while CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80) is going for the Yankees. Beckett has won three straight starts against the Yankees and has been dominant against them this season (2-0, 19 K, 6 H, 3 BB, 0 ER in 14 innings). Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).
Cahill, Melvin and the A's: A's manager Bob Geren was fired Thursday afternoon, and the team will be led Thursday night against the White Sox by new manager Bob Melvin. The A's will be looking to break an MLB-high nine-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (6-3, 2.65) is seeking his first win since May 9. In that time span, he's made five starts and pitched 32 2/3 innings. He has given up 33 hits, 15 walks and 15 earned runs (4.13). In his first eight starts, Cahill was 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA. In three career starts at U.S. Cellular Field, he's been awful (6.08 ERA, 1.58 WHIP). Mark Buehrle (5-4, 3.95) gets the start for the White Sox. Oakland at Chicago (AL), 8:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING)
Floundering Florida: The longest losing streak in the National League is seven games -- by the Marlins. They've fallen to 5 games out of first place, the largest margin of the season. Thursday night, they'll send Chris Volstad (2-5, 5.67) to the mound against the Braves, and he has been winless since April. Beginning with a May 2 start against the Cardinals, Volstad is 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. For the Braves, Jair Jurrjens (7-2, 1.75) takes the hill with a streak of 10 straight quality starts. That's each and every start for the 2011 season. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).
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