Updated: Jul 16
This day in MLB history July 15, 1980 - Johnny Bench broke Yogi Berra's record for home runs by a catcher as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 12-7. Bench hit his 314th homer as a catcher off David Palmer. Bench had thirty-three home runs while playing other positions.
Los Angeles Dodgers (58-30) at Los Angeles Angels (39-51)
TAKE: ANGELS +175 LOSS 1-9
Superman isn't so super on the road and the Angels are ALWAYS his kryptonite
The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (6-2) will make his 12th start of the season. The left-hander’s last start was on Sunday, when he tossed 7 2/3 innings while giving up one earned run on five hits in a matchup with the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old has an ERA of 2.40, a 5.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.005 in 11 games this season. He’s looking to extend his two-game quality start streak. Kershaw has pitched five or more innings in two straight games and will look to extend that streak. Patrick Sandoval (3-4) gets the starting nod for the Angels in his 15th start of the season. He’s put together a 2.95 ERA in 76 1/3 innings pitched, with 84 strikeouts. The left-hander’s most recent time out came on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, when he threw 6 1/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up five hits. The 25-year-old has put up an ERA of 2.95, with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 games this season. Sandoval has recorded seven quality starts this year. Sandoval is trying for his sixth straight outing lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.1 frames per start.
Oakland Athletics (30-60) at Houston Astros (58-30)
TAKE: A's +180 WIN 5-1
Jake Odorizzi (4-2) will take the mound for the Astros, his 10th start of the season.
The right-hander’s last appearance was on Sunday, when he threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics while allowing four hits. The 32-year-old has pitched to a 3.37 ERA this season with 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 3.0 walks per nine across nine games. In nine starts this season, he’s earned three quality starts. In nine starts, Odorizzi has pitched through or past the fifth inning five times. He has a season average of 4.2 frames per outing. Cole Irvin makes the start for the Athletics, his 16th of the season. He is 3-7 with a 3.32 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings pitched. The lefty’s most recent appearance was on Sunday against the Houston Astros, when he tossed 6 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs while giving up five hits. The 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.32, with 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 15 games this season. Opposing batters have a .243 batting average against him. Irvin is trying to claim his third straight quality start in this matchup. Irvin will try to continue a 16-game streak of pitching five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.3 frames per outing). In 11 2/3 innings over two appearances against the Astros this season, Irvin has a 2.31 ERA and a 1.114 WHIP while his opponents are batting .239.