MLB on Sling TV: Rockies vs. Giants, Tigers vs. Indians on ESPN; Regional Action on Fox Sports Networks

Jul 04, 2016 by Scott Ross

(All times Eastern, starters subject to change)

Colorado Rockies (Anderson 0-2, 2.66) at San Francisco Giants (Peavy 4-7, 5.33) 4pm ET on ESPN

Tyler Anderson made his big league debut on June 12 against the Padres, and in each of his four starts he has pitched at least 5 ⅔ innings (23 ⅔ total), surrendered a total of one homer, and struck out 24 while walking only 5. But in his first two starts, the offense failed him, scoring just 2 runs total, and in the other two games, the bullpen coughed up 10 runs. In his last start, Wednesday against the Blue Jays, he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walk in 6 innings, while striking out 6, en route to a 5-3 loss.

After three solid starts in a row, during which he posted a 1.42 ERA over 19 innings, Jake Peavy lost the plot on Wednesday, giving up 7 runs (to be fair, only 3 earned, but runs are runs…) 5 hits – 2 homers – and 2 walks, while K’ing no one over 3 and a third. It marked the 8th time this year that Peavy’s given up 4 or more runs in a start.

Detroit Tigers (Norris 1-0, 4.09) at Cleveland Indians (Salazar 10-3, 2.22) 7pm ET on ESPN, FOX Sports Detroit & SportsTime Ohio

This will be Daniel Norris’ third start of the year, and 16th of his career. In his first start of the year, gave up 3 solo shots in 5 innings, while striking out 5 and walking none. Incredibly, the homers were the only damage, and he left the game with a 1-run lead, but settled for a no-decision in a 5-4 victory. In his second start, Wednesday against the Marlins he kept the ball in the park, but gave up 8 hits in just 5 innings, but somehow managed to give up just 2 runs, thanks largely to 8 strikeouts.

Danny Salazar leads the AL in wins, OPS allowed, and WAR, has won his last nine decisions, including three times as the winning pitcher during the Indians’ recent 14-game winning streak. His last start, against the admittedly hapless Braves, may have been his best of the year: 7 IP 5 H 0 R 0 BB 8 SO. And he’s getting all this done despite a jump in his walk rate from 2.7 per 9 for his career to 4.1 this season.

Watch the Colorado Rockies vs. the San Francisco Giants at 4pm ET, and the Detroit Tigers vs. the Cleveland Indians at 7pm ET Monday on ESPN by subscribing to the Best of Live TV package..

And here’s the action from the FOX Sports regional networks across the land…

Los Angeles Angels (Tropeano 3-2, 3.25) at Tampa Bay Rays (Moore 4-5, 4.67) 1:10pm ET on Fox Sports Sun & FOX Sports West

Texas Rangers (Martinez 1-1, 5.00) at Boston Red Sox (Porcello 9-2, 3.78) 1:35pm ET on FOX Sports Southwest

New York Yankees (Sabathia 5-5, 3.17) at Chicago White Sox (Shields 3-9, 5.85) 2:10pm ET on YES

Pittsburgh Pirates (Niese 6-6, 5.07) at St. Louis Cardinals (Martinez 7-5, 2.83) 2:15pm ET on FOX Sports Midwest

Cincinnati Reds (Reed 0-2, 9.00) at Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 6-6, 2.76) 2:20pm ET on FOX Sports Cincinnati

Atlanta Braves (De La Cruz 0-1, 4.50) at Philadelphia Phillies (Eickhoff 5-9, 3.38) 4:05pm ET on FOX Sports Southeast

Miami Marlins (Koehler 6-7, 4.45) at New York Mets (Harvey 4-10, 4.55) 4:10pm ET on FOX Sports Florida

Kansas City Royals (Volquez 7-7, 4.80) at Toronto Blue Jays (Sanchez 8-1, 3.08) 7:07pm ET on FOX Sports Kansas City

San Diego Padres (Perdomo 2-3, 8.49) at Arizona Diamondbacks (Bradley 3-3, 4.50) 9:10pm ET on FOX Sports Arizona & FOX Sports San Diego

Watch baseball on FOX and FOX Sports Regional Networks by subscribing to the Sling Blue.

All stats courtesy of ESPN and Baseball Reference

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