— Diamondbacks are 5-16 since the All-Star break.
— Braves are 10-2 in Strider’s last 12 starts.
— Cubs are 22-14 in series openers; 12-5 at home, 10-9 on the road.
— Since All-Star break, Reds are 0-7 in games where game-winning run scored from the 7th inning on.
— Colorado is 1-16 in the last game of their home series.
— LA Dodgers are 24-11 in first game of a series, 16-19 in the last game.
— Marlins are 24-9 this season in one-run games.
— Milwaukee is 9-3 in the game after their last 12 losses.
Milwaukee is 0-6 in game after their last six wins.
— Mets are 39-34 vs right-handed starters, 11-26 vs lefty starters.
— Phillies are 22-14 in one-run games, also 22-14 vs AL opponents.
— Over is 13-3-2 in Pirates’ last 18 home games.
— St Louis is 6-12 in first game of a home series, 11-6 in last game of a home series.
— San Diego is 0-10 in extra inning games.
— Under is 15-3 in San Francisco’s last 18 games.
— Washington is 3-16 in home series openers, 9-9 in road series openers.
— Movie of the Day: The Gambler (2014)— A Literature professor/degenerate gambler is in serious debt; he borrows money from his mother and three loan sharks. He is also having an affair with one of his students.
Mark Wahlberg is the professor; Jessica Lange is his mother, Brie Larson the student, John Goodman is one of the loan sharks.
The scenes where he gambles make me queasy; why would a supposedly smart person take such outrageous chances? It is a good movie, though.
— College Football Trend of the Day: Since 2014, Ball State is 15-34 ATS at home.
— Orioles are 33-17 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs.
— Boston is 13-5 in road series openers, 14-23 in all their other road games.
— White Sox lost their series opener in 14 of their last 15 series.
— Cleveland is 15-20 in series openers, 20-15 in series finales.
— Detroit is 5-17 vs AL East teams, 45-44 vs everyone else.
— Houston is 1-7 in extra inning games this season.
— Royals are 4-14 in home series openers, 9-9 in home series finales.
— Angels are 45-38 vs right-handed starters, 11-18 vs lefty starters.
— Since All-Star break, Minnesota is 9-2 in games where winning run scored from the 7th inning on.
— Bronx is 8-12 in home series openers; under is 12-8 in those games.
— A’s started season 12-50, then they won seven games in a row; since then, they’re 12-30.
— Seattle is 15-20 in one-run games; previous two years, they were 67-41.
— Tampa Bay won its first 12 home series openers; they’re 1-5 in their last six.
— Texas is in first place with a 65-46 record, despite being 8-14 in one-run games.
— Blue Jays are 10-23 vs their AL East rivals, 52-27 vs everyone else.