The calendar flips to August as the non-waiver trade deadline left a lot of teams shifting pieces and parts around in hopes of improving for the stretch run or improving for the future. A couple of games will be broadcast on MLB Network on Friday night with regional coverage for Seattle at Baltimore and New York at Boston
Matchup: Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles
Date/Time: August 1, 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: SEA: Roenis Elias (8-8, 4.31) v. BAL: Wei-Yin Chen (11-3, 3.92)
Moneyline: Baltimore -134
Total: 8.5 105/-125
The Mariners were a partner in Thursday’s big transaction as Seattle was the third team in the David Price to Detroit deal. In that trade, the Mariners added Austin Jackson and sent Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay. The Orioles plugged a hole in their bullpen with the acquisition of Andrew Miller from the Red Sox. The new players should be in uniform for Friday night’s series opener between the Mariners and Orioles. The Orioles played their second extra inning game in three days on Thursday night, so their bullpen could be a little taxed.
Roenis Elias has given the Mariners some quality work in his 123.1 innings in his rookie season. His 4.31 ERA suggests some unfortunate luck with a 4.09 FIP and a 3.89 xFIP. Since Elias’s best start of his career, a complete game shutout against Detroit on June 1, he has a 5.47 ERA in his last nine starts. July was especially unkind to Elias, who posted a 6.27 ERA in just 18.2 innings of work. He’s pitched into the sixth inning just once over his last four starts.
Wei-Yin Chen has been the benefactor of a lot of run support this season. Only four pitchers have gotten more support than the 6.23 runs that Chen has enjoyed this season. As a result, Chen’s 11 wins are tied with a bunch of pitchers for the third-most in the league. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a season for Chen, whose 3.92 ERA has been between 4.50 and 3.76 since May 27. The Orioles were 4-0 in Chen’s four July starts, as he posted a 2.92 ERA. Chen has not made a start since July 24, so he will be working on extra rest.
Elias will be facing the Orioles for the second consecutive time and second time in his career. He threw five decent innings in a 3-2 loss, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts. The Mariners are 10-11 in Elias’s 21 starts for a loss of 0.32 units.
Like Elias, Chen will be facing the same team for the second consecutive time. It will be Chen’s sixth career start against the Mariners. Overall, Chen is 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA. He outpitched Hisashi Iwakuma in his last start, throwing eight shutout innings with just six baserunners allowed. The Orioles are 13-7 in Chen’s 20 starts for a profit of 6.57 units. That makes Chen the 13th-most profitable pitcher in MLB this season.
Free MLB Pick: Baltimore
The Orioles wrapped up a very successful month of July and they enter this series playing pretty well. Having seen Elias for the first time last week should give the Orioles an advantage and Chen has pitched pretty well at home this season.
Matchup: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Date/Time: August 1, 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: NYY: Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.30) v. BOS: Anthony Ranaudo (MLB Debut)
Moneyline: Boston -116
Total: 9 -105/-105
In a rare trade deadline scenario, the New York Yankees were buyers while the Boston Red Sox were sellers. The Yankees added Martin Prado and Stephen Drew, while the Red Sox traded away Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey, the aforementioned Stephen Drew, and reliever Andrew Miller. The Red Sox didn’t get the returns that sellers usually get, as they got Major League Baseball talent for their pieces, adding Yoenis Cespedes, Joe Kelly, and Allen Craig.
Chris Capuano will take the mound for his second start as a member of the Yankees and will be doing so against his former team. The Red Sox signed Capuano and used him in relief, but the Yankees scooped him up when the Rockies placed him on waivers after picking him up from the Red Sox after his release. Capuano went six innings in his first start with the Yankees and allowed two runs on five hits to the Toronto Blue Jays. Capuano had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances with the Red Sox.
With spots in the starting rotation thanks to the trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey, the Red Sox will promote 2010 first-round draft pick Anthony Ranaudo to make his Major League debut. In 21 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, the 6’7” righty posted a 12-4 record and a 2.41 ERA. Most scouts agree that Ranaudo has a back-end of the rotation projection as a ground ball guy that doesn’t miss a whole lot of bats. He only had 99 strikeouts in 119.1 innings, but he did locate well to only allow 88 hits.
Capuano will be facing the Red Sox for the just the second time in his 10-year career. That lone start came last season in an interleague matchup as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Capuano allowed three runs, two earned, over five innings and took a loss. The Yankees lost in Capuano’s only start for them this season. Ranaudo has never faced the Yankees and will be making his Major League debut.
Free MLB Pick: New York
Even though the Red Sox acquired mostly Major League talent, it’s still tough to see guys leaving at the trade deadline. The Yankees are still playing for something and Capuano certainly wants to pitch well against his former team. Ranaudo could be tough to get a read on early on because of the 6’7” frame, but a lot of contact at Fenway Park is a good way to play with fire and nerves are sure to be a factor.