MLB Thursday points, highlights, live team updates, News: Astros wins the eighth consecutive game

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Thursdays are usually travel and / or rest days in baseball and as a result there are only nine games on the schedule today. Some of them are competitions in the afternoon. Here's what you need to know about Thursday's MLB action.

Results on Thursday

Astros Cruise for the Eighth Straight Victory

The Astros jumped 2-0 in the lead of Oakland's first innings on Thursday afternoon and never looked back. They would build a 7: 1 lead in a game that was never really in question and complete the swing.

This was the eighth victory in a row for the defending champions, and it gives them two clear sweeps on the road (four games in Texas, three in Oakland). The latter should not be too surprising, as the Astros were absolute road warriors this season. They are now 26-11 minutes from Minute Maid Park, good for most street wins and the best win percentage in the majors.

The Astros also have the longest current winning streak in the big ones.

Justin Verlander got another win with another good start and continued his great run at 35. He is now 9-2 with 1.61 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings this season.

In the other dugout, the A & # 39; s fall under .500 (34-35) for the first time since they were 21-22 on May 16.

Mariners, Red Sox open four-game set

Two of the best teams in baseball will begin at Safeco Field on Thursday night with a four-game series. The second place ) Red Sox, fresh from the Orioles three-round, travels to Seattle to face the Mariners, who just swept three games from the Angels and won their last four in total.

After winning a percentage, these are two of the top three teams in baseball:

  1. Yankees: 43-20 (.683)
  2. Red Sox: 47-22 (.681) [19659013] Mariners: 44-24 (.647)
  3. Astros: 45-25 (.643)
  4. Brewers: 41-27 (.603)

Thursday's pitching matchup would have been a great four years ago: Felix Hernandez against David Price. Felix is ​​5-7 with a 5.70 ERA this season and last time he allowed six runs (five earned) in three innings against the rays. Meanwhile, price is 7-4 with a 4.00 ERA on the year. He's better than Hernandez, but neither is the launcher they were a few years ago.

The Mariners, of course, come home from the high-altitude flight of Mitch Haniger's walk-off twin run:

Haniger is second in baseball with 52 RBI. The league leader? J.D. Martinez with 55 RBI. Safeco Field will feature two great teams and two great run producers this weekend.

McCutchen begins to find power punch

Andrew McCutchen's first months with the Giants have gone very well overall. He went into Thursday's game with Marlin's total of .262 / .351 / .447 overall, which is very good, but still a notch below what McCutchen did during his time with the pirates. This is a guy who is .313. / 404 / .523 from 2012-15, remember.

It has taken a last hot streak to get McCutchen's numbers where they are now – he hit .212 / .339 / .364 on the morning of May 1st – and this hot series continued Thursday. McCutchen hit a first-inning two run-home run against Dan Straily in the series final against the Marlins.

McCutchen has now heated in back-to-back games, and he has five home runs in his last 11 games overall. He only went down three times in his first 55 games of the season. The increase in electricity has also come at a good time, as Brandon Belt is on the disabled list after an emergency appendectomy.

Despite McCutchen's heroic exploits, the Giants dropped the first three games of the four-game series to the Marlins. They had a 3-0 win on Thursday, before finally outshining Miami for a 16th inning.

Rockies & # 39; skidding continues

Lately things have been bad for the Rockies. Before Wednesday's win, they lost five games in a row and nine of their last eleven games to finish third in the NL West. Six of these nine defeats came against the D-Backs and Dodgers, the two teams ahead of them in the division.

On Thursday, the Rockies failed to win any series against the Phillies, largely thanks to Vince Velasquez, who broke a no-hitter in the seventh inning before Trevor Story broke it with a run-scoring double to the left. Velasquez was still excellent.

Jake McGee faced three penalties in retirement and ran in the late innings of Thursday, which is notable because the club's offseason bullpots frenzy did not work out as hoped . Some numbers:

  • Wade Davis (three years, $ 52 million): 3.42 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 26 1/3 innings
  • Bryan Shaw (three years, $ 27 million): 7, 09 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 33 innings
  • Jake McGee (three years, $ 27 million): 4.81 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings

Davis was good, though not as good as the last few seasons. McGee went up and down. Shaw has been a mess for the most part since the opening day. These three supporters signed $ 106 million in guaranteed money and combined them to allow 55 runs in 83 2/3 innings. Definitely not what the Rocky Mountains had in mind when they signed.

The good news is that the Rockies welcome set-up man Adam Ottavino for the series finale against Citizens Bank Park. He did not play on Thursday, although he had dropped out of the disabled list the day before after missing just under three weeks with an oblique injury. Ottavino has been ridiculous this season and has pitched with 45 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings to 0.95 ERA and 0.64 WHIP. He was supposed to alleviate some of the team's bullpen problems.

Lynn, Fulmer Comes to Strong Performances

It seems pretty clear that Michael Fulmer will be one of the best trading candidates by July 31. Gemini go every now and then, it's possible that Lance Lynn is also on the Market is coming. Fulmer and Lynn faced each other on Thursday afternoon and both made good exits.

Lynn started the season terribly and hit an 8.37 ERA with almost as many walks (23) as Strikeouts (26) in five starts and 23 2/3 innings in April. In his last eight starts and 45 innings he has a 3.20 ERA with 42/18 K / BB. This is much more like the Lance Lynn we have seen over the years.

As far as Fulmer is concerned, he has not allowed more than one run in three of his last five games, having started very strongly into the season. He had to undergo surgery to treat a nerve near his elbow over the winter, and it may take him only a few weeks to get back to normal. However, Fulmer, who pours well in the weeks leading up to the close of trading, would be a very welcome sight for the Tigers, who want to hear all trading offers this summer.

Rapid Achievements

  • National's ownership was transferred to his son Mark by Ted Lerner, reports the Washington Post . The move was unanimously approved by the other 29 owners. Mark has been involved in ownership decisions for years and it will be a seamless transition.
  • The Dodgers have won 19 of their last 26 games to climb back into the NL West Races and have helped three surprise players they do it . However, the team still has no injuries, including Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
  • Commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledged that talks about a universal DH " are likely to have shifted a bit. " MLB is not particularly close to the DH in NL, though it's a conversation that has the league ,
  • The twins have demoted the battles against 3B Miguel Sano down to high class A . He beats .203 with 66 strikeouts in 37 games this season. It seems that the twins want Sano to work with specific teachers in their spring training complex.
  • Tiger RHP Jordan Zimmermann is expected to return to the rotation Saturday, [MLV] reported . He has been injured with a shoulder injury since 7 May. Zimmermann allowed nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in three rehab starts. 19659040 The Indians activated OF Brandon Guyer from the 10-day DL and, in a similar move, which is directed by Melky Cabrera for the job, reports Cleveland Plain-Dealer . Guyer missed three weeks with a neck injury.

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