On Deck: Founding Father's Day
Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: June 19, 2011 5:15 pm
By Matt Snyder
Streaking Nats: Don't look now, but the team playing in our nation's capital might actually matter. In 2011. The Washington Nationals have won eight in a row and are within a game of .500. It's probably too early to look at such things, but they're only 3 1/2 games out of the Wild Card in the NL. If you haven't yet taken notice of first baseman Mike Morse, it's high time you did. Since the beginning of May, Morse is hitting .364 with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and a 1.147 OPS in 39 games. That's not just a short hot streak. That's a guy coming into his own. Morse and the Nats look to sweep the Orioles Sunday in Nationals Park. Chris Jakubauskas (1-0, 5.09) will take the hill for the Orioles while Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 4.25) gets the nod for the home team. Baltimore at Washington, 1:35 p.m. ET. Watch Live Scoring
Verlander Time: Maybe I should start on "No-Hitter Watch" now? Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.66) is starting Sunday, after all. The flame-throwing right-hander might have the best stuff in all of baseball, and he's locked in right now. He's gone 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his last four outings. Verlander's Tigers face the Rockies on Sunday afternoon, and Verlander is needed to stop a two-game losing streak -- one that has dropped the Tigers back to second place in the AL Central. Is the thin air of Coors Field any match for Verlander? We'll soon find out. Aaron Cook (0-1, 3.97) gets the ball for the Rockies. Detroit at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. ET. Watch Live Scoring
Reversal of Fortunes: Through Tuesday, the Oakland A's had lost 13 of 14 and had fallen eight games back in the AL West. Through Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants had won four of five and opened up a 2 1/2 game lead in the NL West, their largest since May 22. It looked as if the Bay Series could be a sweep. And it might be, only for the A's, not the Giants. The A's have now won four in a row and crept to within six games of first in the AL West, while the Giants have lost three straight and seen their lead dwindle to a half game in the NL West. Trevor Cahill (6-5, 3.42) could use a serious reversal of fortunes himself. The A's ace started the season 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA. Since then, he's been horrible, going 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA and more walks (25) than strikeouts (22). He'll get the chance to turn things around Sunday. For the Giants, Matt Cain (6-4, 3.61) gets the start. San Francisco at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. ET. Watch Live Scoring
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