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Tuesday's betting tips: Reds scorching hot without Votto
Weather to watch
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals: A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms could spoil a fantastic pitching matchup between Cliff Lee and Stephen Strasburg.
The Atlanta Braves have won five straight heading into Monday’s contest with the Marlins. Atlanta pitchers have held opponents to three runs or fewer in each of the club’s last five victories.
The Kansas City Royals have lost five straight games and are 2-8 in their last 10 contests. The Royals begin a six-game home stand Tuesday when they host the Indians.
.141 – Josh Hamilton’s batting average in July. The Rangers slugger entered the month at a .319 clip with 25 home runs. His four straight games played without a hit matches the second-longest such streak of his career.
Game of the day
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Carl Crawford – The Red Sox outfielder said he’ll decide in the next 7-10 days whether or not to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.
- Pirates right-hander pitcher Kevin Correia asked the team for a trade Sunday. Correia was bumped from the starting rotation last week when the Bucs acquired lefty Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros.
- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman expects left-hander Andy Pettitte (ankle) to return sometime in September and be available for the playoffs. Pettitte was initially projected to miss six weeks when he suffered the fracture on June 27.
-The Reds are 11-2 without star 1B Joey Votto, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday but has not yet resumed baseball activities.
- Third baseman Chris Johnson was the latest to escape Houston as he was dealt to Arizona for two minor leaguers Sunday. He became the sixth player traded by the Astros this month.
Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds (9-6, 3.53 ERA)
Bailey is a major reason why the Reds are 17-2 since the All-Star break and riding a 10-game winning streak into Monday. The righty hasn’t taken a loss since June 27 and is 4-0 in his last five starts. The right-hander has a 1.43 ERA over five July starts and should continue to dominate in his next start against the lowly Padres.
Kyle Lohse, St. Louis Cardinals (10-2, 2.71 ERA)
Lohse has emerged as the staff ace in the absence of Chris Carpenter. The 33-year-old hasn’t given up more than two runs in any of his last seven starts and owns a 2.36 ERA in July. The right-hander hasn’t taken a loss since June 15, and the Cardinals are 5-1 in his last six starts. His next outing is on the road in Colorado.
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays (8-7, 4.52 ERA)
Shields continues to be the subject of trade rumors with the Tuesday deadline approaching. The Rays reportedly declined a trade offer for the big righty from the Angels on Thursday that would have sent speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos to Tampa Bay. Shields hasn’t responded well to the rumors, allowing 22 earned runs in 32 July innings. If Shields is still in a Rays’ uniform Tuesday, he’ll take the mound against the red-hot A’s.
Derek Lowe, Cleveland Indians (8-9, 5.09 ERA)
Since starting the season 6-1, Lowe is 2-8 with a 7.59 ERA over his last 12 starts. The sinker-baller has taken the loss in his last three outings, surrendering 16 earned runs in 15 innings pitched. With the Indians losing ground in the Wild Card race, manager Manny Acta is considering skipping Lowe’s next turn in the rotation if he doesn’t put together a strong performance against the Royals on Tuesday.
-- Strasburg is 2-0, 2.45 in his last three starts.
-- Bailey is 4-0, 2.15 in his last five starts. Padres won last three Marquis starts (3-0, 4.91), scoring 22 runs.
-- Burnett is 2-0, 1.80 in his last couple starts.
-- Lohse is 4-0, 2.22 in his last seven starts. Francis is 1-0, 1.69 in his last three home starts.
-- Miley is 2-1, 3.50 in his last three starts.
-- Rookie Harvey didn't allow a run in 5.1 IP (106 PT) in his major league debut at Arizona last week.
-- Tillman is 2-0, 2.12 in his last couple starts.
-- Verlander is 3-1, 2.25 in his last four starts.
-- Weaver is 7-0, 1.74 in his last seven starts. Holland is 2-1, 3.86 in his last four outings.
-- Milone has a 1.47 RA in his last five home starts.
-- Vargas is 4-0, 1.85 in his last six starts. Laffey is 2-0, 4.08 in his last three starts.
-- Lee is 1-3, 5.37 in his last eight starts.
-- Nolasco is 0-3, 7.56 in his last three starts. Medlen was
-- Dempster is 0-2, 5.25 in his last couple starts, after his scoreless streak.
-- Gallardo is 0-2, 9.28 in his last couple starts. Keuchel is 0-3, 9.60 in his last three starts.
-- Capuano is 1-3, 7.04 in his last four starts.
-- Lincecum is 1-3, 7.18 in five July starts.
-- Nova is 0-1, 5.09 in his last three starts.
-- Beckett is 1-2, 6.75 in his last four starts.
-- Lowe is 1-3, 9.23 in his last five starts. Hochevar is 0-1, 7.20 in his last three outings.
-- Liriano, who a Twin until this weekend, is 0-2, 7.02 in his last three starts. Blackburn is 0-2, 9.45 in his last four starts.
-- Shields is 0-2, 6.66 in his last four starts.
-- Washington won eight of its last nine games.
-- Reds' 10-game winning streak ended last night.
-- Braves won nine of their last eleven home games.
-- Padres are 16-10 in their last 26 games.
-- Cubs won ten of last 13 games at Wrigley.
-- Dodgers won eight of their last eleven games.
-- Red Sox won their last three games, scoring 18 runs.
-- Minnesota won its last four games, scoring 35 runs. White Sox won five of their last seven games.
-- A's won 19 of their last 23 games. Tampa Bay is 6-4 in last ten on road.
-- Mariners won eight of their last ten games.
-- Marlins lost nine of their last twelve games.
-- Phillies lost their last three games, scoring four runs.
-- Pirates lost their last two games, allowing 23 runs.
-- Astros lost 27 of their last 30 games. Brewers lost nine of their last 11.
-- Rockies lost six of their last seven games. St Louis lost four of its last five games on foreign soil.
-- Arizona lost seven of its last ten road games.
-- Mets lost 14 of their last 18 games. San Francisco lost its last five games, outscored 32-12.
-- Bronx lost seven of its last ten games. Baltimore lost five of its last eight.
-- Detroit lost five of their last seven games.
-- Rangers are 4-7 in their last 11 games. Angels are 3-8 in game following their last 11 wins.
-- Kansas City lost its last five games, allowing 32 runs. Indians lost their last three games, outscored 28-6.
-- Toronto is 6-7 in its last 13 games.
-- Seven of last ten Philly games went over the total.
-- Eight of last twelve Miami games stayed under.
-- 11 of last 16 San Diego games went over the total.
-- Under is 11-4 in Cubs' last fifteen games.
-- Over is 10-4 in Houston's last 14 games, 6-2 in Brewers' last eight.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in last seven Colorado games.
-- Under is 4-2-1 in last seven Arizona games.
-- Over is 15-7-2 in Mets' last 24 games, 9-4 in Giants' last 13.
-- Ten of last thirteen Baltimore games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Detroit games.
-- 18 of last 24 Texas games stayed under the total.
-- Over is 5-2-2 in Kansas City's last nine games.
-- Eight of last nine Minnesota games went over the total.
-- Eleven of last fourteen Tampa Bay games stayed under.
-- Under is 25-8 in last thirty-three Seattle games.
-- Phil-Wash-- Don't know who the umpires is here.
-- Mia-Atl-- Over is 10-4-1 in last fifteen Drake games.
-- SD-Cin-- Under is 8-3 in last eleven Marquez games.
-- Pitt-Chi-- Home side won nine of last twelve Nelson games.
-- Hst-Mil-- Knight's last three games all went over the total.
-- StL-Col-- Don't know who umpires are here.
-- Az-LA-- Underdogs are 5-4 in last nine Davis games.
-- NY-SF-- Last seven Miller games stayed under the total.
-- Blt-NY-- Seven of last nine Cousins games stayed under.
-- Det-Bos-- Six of last eight Layne games stayed under total.
-- LA-Tex-- Underdogs won six of last seven Reynolds games.
-- Cle-KC-- Don't know who umpires are here.
-- Chi-Min-- Under is 6-1-1 in last eight Muchlinski games.
-- TB-A's-- Underdogs won five of last six Hickox games.
-- Tor-Sea-- Four of last five Tichenor games went over total.