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Coach Fletcher’s Monday Scouting edge

10:05 am Baltimore Orioles at the New York Yankees

Yankees Try to Fight Back at Home

The New York Yankees find themselves 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East crown. They need to win every game they can. Oddly, the Toronto Blue Jays played a part in who faces the Yanks today. Toronto is a heavy hitting club, especially against southpaws. Wei Lin Chen is the Baltimore lefty schedule to go against the Jays on Sunday. But the O’s decided to skip his start and move him to face the Yankees today instead since Chen is a lefty. Chen is 8-7 with a 3.36 era. He’s been the O’s top hurler all year. This will be Chen’s 4th start this year against the Yankees. He’s 1-1 with a 2.79 era against the Yanks this season. Chen has lost only 1 outing in his last 7 starts, but he has regressed on the mound. Even though he has gone 3-1 in his last 7, he’s been the beneficiary of the Oriole offense for the most part. His era has been 4.85 in those last 7 starts. He’s pitching on 6 days rest today and this year he’s 0-2 with a 3.33 era with 2 day’s rest. The Yankees opened at -150.

10:08 am Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

Wolf’s Comeback Must Stand the Test Today

Everybody likes Randy Wolf. What’s not to like about the guy. How many pitchers at the age of 39 will spend another year in the minors in hopes of being called up? That’s what Wolf did and today he is facing the Rays hoping to extend his lease. His first start back vs Texas went about as well as could be expected. He lasted 7 innings and allowed 9 hits and 3 runs, walking none and fanning 5. He came back against the Angels 5 days later and went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits. But it all fell apart against Kansas City last Monday when they ripped him for 8 runs and 8 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He walked 3 and fanned just two. Oddly enough Wolf’s last major league victory came against these same Rays on June 2, 2014. Drew Smyly, traded from Detroit to the Rays on July 31, will start against his former teammates. Smyly held the Orioles scoreless on 4 hits while fanning 10 in 7 frames in his last start. Tampa Bay opened at -132.

10:10 am Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins

Two Promising Youngsters Tangle in Miami

Zach Davies got off to a fast start the first time through the lineup against the Pirates in his major league debut. It all fell to pieces the second time through when the Pirates knocked him around for 4 hits and 4 runs in 4.1 innings. He had success until he tried to work in his curve ball after relying on a fastball and changeup the first time through. The 22 year old Davies was 6-8 with a 3.51 era in Triple-A ball. The Fish send out Justin Nicolino. Justin is 3-2 with a 3.07 era in 7 starts. In his last 4 starts the lefty has thrown at least 6 innings and over the 27 1/3 innings has an era of just 1.98. Nicolino was 7-7 with a 3.52 era in Triple-A before jumping to the Fish. Miami opened as -122 favorites.

10:35 am Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

Veterans Square Off at Fenway

It’s Mark Buehrle versus rick Porcello in Boston today. Buehrle still has some petrol in his pocket as he showed last week and throughout the season. He has 18 quality starts and has allowed 2 runs or fewer in 11 of his last 15 starts. Buehrle is 14-6 with a 3.53 era this season. Facing Buehrle will be Rick Porcello. Porcello doesn’t have a fancy record or era, but he has been outstanding since coming off the disabled list. Rick is 6-12 on the year with a 5.21 era. But since coming off the disabled list Porcello has tossed 15 innings and given up just 1 run. Buehrle is 12-10 against the Red Sox with a 4,24 era and Porcello is 3-5 vs Toronto with a 5.29 era. Porcello had one start against the Jays this year and they crushed him for 7 runs and 7 hits in 2 innings. Buehrle went 7 against the Bosox and gave up 1 run on 4 hits. Toronto opened at -131.

5:10 pm Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

Twins Still Eying a Possible Wild Card Travel to KC

The Twins will send Tom Milone to the bump. Milone is 7-4 with a 3.63 era. His last start was arguably his best of the season as he blanked the White Sox over 7 innings allowing only 3 hits, no walks, and he recorded 7 strike outs. Milone is 4-2 against KC with a 4.08 era lifetime. In his last start at KC he went 6 innings against KC allowing 1 run and 5 hits. The Royals counter with Yordano Ventura. He stands 10-7 on the year with a 4.24 era. He’s tougher at home where he is 7-4 with a 3.56 era. Ventura has come alive in his last 3 starts where he has gone 3-0 with a miniscule 0.95 era. In his last 19 innings he’s only allowed 2 runs on 13 hits. He’s walked 6 and fanned 28. Ventura is 1-2 vs the Twins with a 4.07 era but hasn’t faced them this season.