All-Star break next week. Stitches will be emptying the mailbox, so if you want to have your voice heard, send your love/hate mail to [email protected]
The Blue Jays finish the first half of their season at Tampa Bay. The record suggests the Jays are better on the road, but really every game Toronto/Buffalo/Dunedin has played has been on the road. Ross Stripling (3-4, 4.06 ERA) two-hit the Rays for 5 ²/₃ innings on July 3. Stripling has limited opponents to four runs over his past 17 innings.
The next day, July 4, Ryan Yarbrough (5-3, 4.34 ERA) four-hit the Jays for five frames. He has been tagged for 19 runs over his past 38 innings but is 3-0 during the span. Play 10 units on the Blue Jays.
Wade Miley pitched his way out of trouble for eight innings and the Reds blanked the Brewers 2-0. Four wins in a row. Debt shaved to -993 berniecarbos.