Updated: Jul 31
On this day in MLB history JULY 30, 1968 - Washington shortstop Ron Hansen pulled off an unassisted triple play, but the Cleveland Indians still won the game 10-1.
Seattle Mariners (54-47) at Houston Astros (66-35)
TAKE: MARINERS +165 WIN 5-4
I see a tight game and Flexen seems to have the astros number!
Framber Valdez (9-4) will take to the mound for the Astros and make his 20th start of the season. The left-hander gave up three earned runs and allowed eight hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The 28-year-old has an ERA of 2.74 and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .212 in 19 games this season. He’s going for his 17th straight quality start. Valdez has 16 starts in a row of five innings or more. The Mariners have scored 409 runs this season, which ranks 23rd in MLB. They are batting .235 for the campaign with 110 home runs, 12th in the league. The Mariners have gone 8-for-27 with a double, a triple and three RBI in one game against the left-hander this season. The 28-year-old’s 2.74 ERA ranks 14th, 1.134 WHIP ranks 26th, and 8.1 K/9 ranks 36th among qualified pitchers in the majors this season.
Chris Flexen (7-8) gets the starting nod for the Mariners in his 20th start of the season. He’s put together a 3.75 ERA in 105 2/3 innings pitched, with 75 strikeouts. The right-hander last appeared on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers, when he tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up four hits. The 28-year-old has a 3.75 ERA and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 19 games this season, while allowing a batting average of .262 to his opponents. Flexen has nine quality starts under his belt this year. Flexen enters the game with 16 outings of five or more innings pitched this season. In 24 2/3 innings over four appearances against the Astros this season, Flexen has a 2.55 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP while his opponents are batting .211. Among pitchers who qualify in MLB action this season, the 28-year-old ranks 39th in ERA (3.75), 55th in WHIP (1.372), and 54th in K/9 (6.4).
Oakland Athletics (39-63) at Chicago White Sox (49-50)
TAKE: OAKLAND +150 LOSS 2-3
This ex-Cincy Pitcher has so many issues putting together back to back quality starts. I don't see Johnny going past the 5th inning.
The White Sox will hand the ball to Johnny Cueto (4-4) for his 13th start of the season.
The right-hander’s last appearance was on Saturday, when he threw 7 2/3 innings against the Cleveland Guardians, giving up three earned runs while allowing eight hits. The 36-year-old has an ERA of 2.89 and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .248 in 13 games this season. He’s going for his sixth straight quality start. Cueto has 13 starts in a row of five innings or more.
Paul Blackburn (6-6) takes the mound first for the Athletics in his 20th start of the season. He has a 4.35 ERA in 101 1/3 innings pitched, with 82 strikeouts. The right-hander’s last time out was on Sunday against the Texas Rangers, when he threw 4 1/3 innings, surrendering 10 earned runs while allowing 10 hits. In 19 games this season, the 28-year-old has put up a 4.35 ERA and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while allowing a batting average of .253 to opposing hitters. Blackburn is trying to secure his fifth quality start of the season in this game. Blackburn has put up 13 starts this year where he pitched five or more innings.