Updated: Jul 13
On this day in MLB history July 13, 1934 - Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left in the first with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at-bat the next day.
Boston Red Sox (47-41) at Tampa Bay Rays (47-40)
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Josh Winckowski (3-3) gets the starting nod for the Red Sox in his seventh start of the season. He’s put together a 4.35 ERA in 31 innings pitched, with 21 strikeouts. The righty’s last appearance was on Thursday against the New York Yankees, when he went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering six earned runs while giving up six hits. The 24-year-old has amassed a 4.35 ERA and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings during six games this season, while allowing a batting average of .289 to opposing hitters. Winckowski has two quality starts under his belt this year. Winckowski will look to last five or more innings for his sixth straight appearance. He’s averaging 5.1 frames per outing. Shane McClanahan (9-3) will take the mound for the Rays, his 18th start of the season. The left-hander’s last start was on Friday, when he tossed 6 2/3 innings while giving up one earned run on three hits in a matchup with the Cincinnati Reds. The 25-year-old has pitched to a 1.73 ERA this season with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 1.6 walks per nine across 17 games. He’s going for his 12th straight quality start. McClanahan will look to finish five or more innings for the 16th start in a row. Among qualified pitchers in the majors this year, the 25-year-old ranks second in ERA (1.73), second in WHIP (.815), and second in K/9 (12.2).
New York Mets (54-34) at Atlanta Braves (53-36)
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The Braves will send Charlie Morton (5-3) to the mound for his 18th start this season. The right-hander last pitched on Friday, when he gave up two earned runs and allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals. The 38-year-old has an ERA of 4.21, a 3.176 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.213 in 17 games this season. He’s going for his third straight quality start. Morton will look to finish five or more innings for the ninth start in a row. The right-hander has faced the Mets one time this season, allowing them to go 6-for-23 with four RBI in 5 2/3 innings. Among qualified pitchers in the majors this campaign, the 38-year-old ranks 49th in ERA (4.21), 36th in WHIP (1.213), and sixth in K/9 (10.3).
Chris Bassitt (6-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched) makes the start for the Mets, his 17th of the season. His most recent time out was on Friday against the Miami Marlins, when the right-hander threw 6 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up six hits. The 33-year-old has amassed an ERA of 3.84, with 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 16 games this season. Bassitt is aiming for his fifth straight quality start.
Bassitt will look to pitch five or more innings for his fifth straight start. He’s averaging 6.0 innings per outing. This season, the 33-year-old ranks 39th in ERA (3.84), 25th in WHIP (1.125), and 14th in K/9 (9.2) among pitchers who qualify.