Updated: Jul 15
This day in MLB history, July 14, 1968 - Hank Aaron got his 500th home run off Mike McCormick as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.
Chicago White Sox (43-45) at Minnesota Twins (49-41)
TAKE: WHITE SOX +130 WIN 12-2
The battle between X-Cincy Reds Pitchers!
The Twins will hand the ball to Sonny Gray (4-2) for his 13th start of the season. The right-hander last pitched on Saturday, when he gave up five earned runs and allowed four hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers. The 32-year-old has pitched in 12 games this season with an ERA of 3.03, a 3.375 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.062. In 12 starts this season, he’s earned four quality starts. In 12 starts, Gray has pitched through or past the fifth inning six times. He has a season average of 4.3 frames per outing.
Johnny Cueto makes the start for the White Sox, his 11th of the season. He is 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 68 innings pitched. In his last time out on Saturday, the right-hander tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers while surrendering five hits. In 11 games this season, the 36-year-old has amassed an ERA of 2.91, with 7 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .238 against him. Cueto is looking to earn his fourth quality start in a row in this game. Cueto will look to build on a 12-game streak of pitching five or more innings (he’s averaging 6.1 frames per outing). Cueto has a 3 ERA and a 1.667 WHIP while his opponents are batting .238.
Atlanta Braves (53-37) meet the Washington Nationals (30-60)
TAKE: BRAVES -220 WIN 5-4 TAKE: OVER 9.5 RUNS LOSS
The Braves’ Kyle Wright (10-4) will make his 18th start of the season. The right-hander gave up three earned runs and allowed eight hits in seven innings pitched against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The 26-year-old has an ERA of 2.97 and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .228 in 17 games this season. He has 11 quality starts in 17 chances this season. Wright has started 17 games this season, and he’s lasted five or more innings 15 times. He averages 6.0 innings per appearance. The 26-year-old’s 2.97 ERA ranks 19th, 1.155 WHIP ranks 29th, and 9.0 K/9 ranks 21st among qualified pitchers in the majors this campaign.
Aníbal Sánchez (NO RECORD) will make his first start of the season for the Nationals. It’s the first appearance this season for the 38-year-old right-hander, and his first outing in more than a year.