After starting July with a five-game losing streak, the Rangers look as though they have returned to form just in time for series against the
3 Nationals 51-36
Can’t say enough about the Nationals’ pitching. They are the only team in the majors with three starters with a sub-3.00 ERA.
4 White Sox 49-40 +2
Kevin Youkilis returns to Fenway, but the first-place White Sox are more concerned about how they fare against the
Red Sox and
Tigers on the road.
5 Angels 49-41 -1
Tough scheduling for the Angels to start the second half. After a weekend series in the Bronx, the Halos headed to Detroit for four before they host the Rangers this weekend.
6 Reds 50-39 +2
The Reds were finally playing at a high level and now must face three to four weeks without the cornerstone of their offense, as Joey Votto undergoes minor knee surgery.
7 Pirates 49-40 -2
Andrew McCutchen’s numbers over the past month are as impressive as any in the history of the Pirates organization. It’s time for the front office to get him some help.
8 Braves 49-39 +2
Ben Sheets got a win with a six-inning, two-hit debut performance that came almost exactly two years after his last major league start.
9 Giants 49-40 +2
The Giants swept through the
Houston Astros but must prove they can win on the East Coast.
10 Dodgers 48-43 -3
Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp make successful returns from the disabled list, but an ailing Chad Billingsley could complicate things in the City of Angels.
11 Tigers 47-43 +3
Forget his All-Star Game performance; Justin Verlander has been dominant this month. In his first two July starts, the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner went 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 17 innings.
12 Athletics 46-43 +5
The red-hot A’s take the league’s best July record into this week. Let’s see if that is the same story next week after they host the Rangers and Yankees.
13 Orioles 46-43 -1
Jason Hammel’s trip to the disabled list for knee surgery is the latest blow for a struggling pitching staff.
14 Mets 46-43 -5
In their past two starts each, R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana have allowed a combined total of 23 earned runs.