Zack Greinke hasn’t been the answer for the Angels since they acquired him from Milwaukee. The 2009 AL Cy Young winner has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his starts and is 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA. Greinke looks to turn things around in the opener of a big series in Detroit on Friday. Bet on Angels-Tigers and every game at WagerWeb.com.
LA Angels at Detroit – Angels RHP Zack Greinke (10-5, 4.01) vs. Tigers RHP Rick Porcello (9-8, 4.67): Greinke has struggled since being traded to the Angels, going 1-2 with a 6.19 ERA in five starts. He allowed six runs in six innings in his last outing against the Rays, but struck out eight. The right-hander has not faced the Tigers this season. … Porcello had a gem of an outing for six innings Saturday, striking out six O’s, before two singles and a Chris Davis home run on a down-and-away sinker ruined it. His use of his slider and curveball for outs was a bright spot for the sinkerballer.
NY Yankees at Cleveland – Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (12-3, 3.56) vs. Indians RHP Corey Kluber (0-2, 6.27): Sabathia will be activated from the disabled list for his start Friday after missing two weeks with a sore left elbow. The ace is 3-0 with a 3.89 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. … In his last start, Kluber allowed four unearned runs over five innings in a loss to the A’s on Saturday. The rookie has a 22.50 ERA in the first inning compared to a 1.84 ERA in all other innings.
Toronto at Baltimore – Jays RHP Carlos Villanueva (6-3, 3.10) vs. Orioles LHP Zach Britton (2-1, 6.23): Villanueva has lost his past three decisions despite establishing himself as Toronto’s most reliable starter. Since entering the rotation on June 29, he has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of his nine starts. … Britton makes his seventh start of the season and third at home. He has struggled at Camden Yards for two starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. He has allowed four home runs in the two home starts.
Kansas City at Boston – Royals LHP Bruce Chen (9-10, 5.45) vs. Red Sox LHP Jon Lester (7-10, 5.03): Chen pitched very well against the White Sox his last time out, allowing just two runs and five hits to pick up his ninth win of the season. He is 4-6 in his career against Boston, with a 5.76 ERA. … Lester had his second strong start in a row during Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Yankees. Lester lasted seven innings, and while he only struck out four batters, he also held the Yankees to one run on five hits and two walks
Oakland at Tampa Bay – A’s RHP Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.48) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57): After going 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA over his previous four outings, Parker fired eight shutout innings in a victory over the Indians on Sunday, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out two. … Moore allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Angels on Sunday. In the process, the rookie moved to 9-2 since June 1 while racking up his 10th win of the season. He is 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA in one career start vs. the A’s.
Minnesota at Texas – Twins RHP Samuel Deduno (4-1, 3.33) vs. Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (14-7, 3.19): Deduno again had trouble with his control against the Mariners on Sunday, walking six and hitting a batter in six innings. He limited the damage, allowing just two runs on five hits. He’s walked 36 batters in 46 innings, but it hasn’t cost him yet. … Harrison was dominant in his last outing against Toronto on Sunday, allowing just two runs on two hits over eight innings to pick up his 14th win. It was the lefty’s second consecutive quality start and the fewest hits he’s allowed all season.
Seattle at Chicago White Sox – Mariners LHP Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.53) vs. White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.11): Vargas continued his run of excellent starts on Saturday, throwing two-run ball into the seventh. Vargas is 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA in his last 10 starts. … Peavy was hurt by shoddy defense last time out, as the Sox committed a season-high four errors against the Royals on Saturday. He needed 110 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings and took the loss after allowing nine hits and five runs (three earned).