Baltimore Orioles:The O’s are knee deep in the worst stretch of their season, suffering through a week-long losing streak at the hands of the Twins and Astros. As a result, they have fallen into third place in the ever-relentless AL East and are closer to fourth place Tampa Bay than to the Yankee club they have been intertwined with throughout the year. The week ahead offers a tremendous chance for the Orioles to either sink or swim, as they will head home for back-to-back series with both teams ahead of them in the standings. Boston Red Sox: The BoSox enter the new week on an encouraging note, having put together a six-game win streak (their longest run on the year) and finally gaining ground in the AL East standings.
A bad outing from Patrick Corbin sealed the Diamondbacks’ fate here, as he was tagged for seven runs in only four innings of work, including a grand-slam. The Brewers tattooed Corbin for ten hits and three walks with three strikeouts, as the series that started so promisingly, ended with a wet squish. T.J. McFarland helped save the bullpen - particularly necessary with Randall Delgado starting tomorrow - by throwing three innings of relief, allowing an unearned run, though J.J. Hoover was tagged for a run in the ninth. Despite falling 8-1 down here, the Arizona batters did finally show up to make things interesting. They actually got the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring four
As June lurks right around the corner and the Nationals’ lead in the NL East continues to grow, the aura around the New York Mets isn’t so great. Entering the 2017 season with their highest-ever Opening Day payroll, the Mets had World Series aspirations. Sitting at 20-26 heading into Saturday’s matchup against the Pirates, coming off a series where they lost two our of three to the worst team in baseball, people have started to question if the Mets would even be buyers at the Trade Deadline. However, there are reasons for optimism. Take the 23-5 blowout loss out to the Nationals out of the Mets’ -16 run differential and you have a team that should be closer to .500 than their actual record suggests.