SUNDAY BASEBALL

Updated: Jul 25

Today in MLB history, July 24, 1979 - Carl Yastrzemski hits his four-hundredth career home run in Boston's 7-3 win over Oakland, off Mike Morgan, in the seventh inning at Fenway Park.



Oakland Athletics (35-62) at Rangers (42-51)

TAKE: OAKLAND +135 LOSS 8-11


Oakland's LHP Martin Perez (7-2, 2.68 ERA) makes his 19th start. He has a 1.19 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9 and 7.7 K/9 in 111 IP. Has allowed 1 ER on 6 H and 3 BB with 11 K’s in 13 IP against the A’s this season. His road numbers: 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Texas RHP Paul Blackburn (6-5, 3.62 ERA) makes his 14th start. He has a 1.20 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9 and 7.1 K/9 in 97 IP. Allowed 5 ER on 3 H and 4 BB with 4 K’s in 6 IP in a July 13 loss to the Rangers. Surprisingly, he has been awful at home with a 6.75 ERA and 1.47 WHIP vs. 1.88 ERA and 1.04 WHIP on the road.



Seattle Mariners (51-44) AT Houston Astros (63-32)

TAKE: MARINERS +120 LOSS 5-8


Houston’s LHP Framber Valdez (8-4, 2.66 ERA) makes his 19th start. He has a 1.13 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9 and 8.0 K/9 in 115 IP. First start vs. the Mariners this season. The Astros are 11-7 in games he’s started. Has given up just 6 ER in his last 3 starts covering 20 IP. His 2 complete games leads the majors. Mariners LHP Robbie Ray (8-6, 3.54 ERA) makes his 20th start. He has a 1.09 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9 and 10.4 K/9 in 117 IP. He led MLB in games started (pitchers), IP, and ERA last season. He has a career 29.1% strikeout rate. In his lone start against Houston this season, the Mariners won 7-4, but Ray did allow 4 ER on 8 hits. Seattle is 12-7 in his starts.


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