Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE MLB REPORT: HERE'S SOME KEY WEEKEND SERIES
Hey, everyone, Baseball's Back! The All-Star Game break is in the rear-view mirror for all 30 Major-League Baseball teams as of today, Friday, July 12th and so we're gonna take a few minutes to examine a batch of key weekend series but first this important reminder:
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MLB WEEKEND SERIES
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (60-32) at BOSTON (49-41) - The long-awaited rematch of last year's World Series (see Red Sox winning it four games to one last fall) is the best weekend set of 'em all but check it out: The Dodgers are not scheduled to pitch either All-Star Game starter LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (MLB-best 1.73 ERA) nor All-Star RHP Walker Buehler (0.99 WHIP) while Bosox lefties Chris Sale (Saturday night) and fellow lefty David Price (Sunday night) will get twirls on the hill. Note the Dodgers lead the bigs with a + 129 run differential.
Series Price: Boston - 140; LA Dodgers + 120
WASHINGTON (47-42) at PHILADELPHIA (47-43) - The Nationals really caught fire in the weeks leading up to the All-Star Game break and suddenly a wild card berth (and maybe even the National League East crown) don't seem so far-fetched for a club that was about to wave the white flag after that ragged 19-31 start. Let's see if the Washington hurlers go "right at" Phillies RF Bryce Harper who has struck out 105 times already this year. Has the ex-Nats star given Philadelphia its "money's worth" with his 16 HRs and 62 RBI?
Series Price: Washington - 145; Philadelphia + 125.
MINNESOTA (56-33) at CLEVELAND (50-38) - Well, there shouldn't be any more talk of the Indians "trading off" some key pitching pieces now that Tito Francona's club has climbed back into the American League's playoff picture. In fact, Cleveland RHP Trevor Bauer (8-6, 1.17 WHIP) - a supposed "trade chip" -- is slated to go in the middle game of this weekend set while All-Star MVP RHP Shane Bieber (8-3, 1.01 WHIP) is scheduled to start Sunday. P.S., a Tribe sweep and Cleveland would then be only 2.5 games back of the Twins ... yikes.
Series Price: Cleveland - 145; Minnesota + 125.
Here's a few more Series Prices this weekend:
Chicago Cubs - 225; Pittsburgh + 185
Colorado - 140; Cincinnati + 120
San Diego - 125; Atlanta + 105
Oakland - 330; Chicago White Sox + 260
In other MLB News / Notes ... Okay, so we brought you our MLB Report Card Grades these past few days but let's go on the record and give you at "midway point" award winners:
In the NL ...
MVP - Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Cy Young - Luis Castillo, Cincinnati
Rookie of the Year - Pete Alonso, New York Mets
Manager of the Year - Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers
In the AL ...
MVP - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Cy Young - Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
Rookie of the Year - Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay
Manager of the Year - Rick Renteria, Chicago White Sox