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Streaky Teams
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Baltimore 3-16 past 19 games overall Cleveland Over 10-0 past 10 games overall
L.A. Angels 4-0 past four games overall Detroit Under 7-2 past nine games overall
N.Y. Yankees 13-1 past 14 games overall Tampa Bay Under 4-0-1 past five games overall
San Diego 4-12 past 16 games overall Texas Over 6-1-1 past eight games overall
Washington 6-0 past six games overall Toronto Over 7-1-2 past 10 games overall

What's the Difference?
It's no surprise that the best and worst teams also rank among the best and worst in run differential. There are just four teams with a run differential over +50 and then there is a rather steep drop-off. The Oakland Athletics are neither plus nor minus, sitting with 153 runs scored and 153 runs allowed. It's no surprise that they're 16-16 through 32 games, too. There are nine teams in the National League with a positive plus differential, while in the American League there are just six teams in the plus. Betting against teams like the O's, Royals, Marlins, White Sox and Rangers has paid off for those who like to play the run line.

Run Differential - Best/Worst
Team Diff Team Diff
Houston +66 Baltimore -69
Boston +61 Kansas City -59
N.Y. Yankees +56 Miami -55
Atlanta +52 Chicago White Sox -45
Arizona +31 Texas -45

Road Warriors
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been road warriors this season, winning 12 of their 14 games away from home to check in No. 1 in the majors in road record. The defending champ Houston Astros have the second-best mark at 11-4, while the Boston Red Sox sit atop the AL East due to their 12-5 record away from the Fens. All but two teams in the National League have posted at least seven losses on the road. Only the Arziona Diamondbacks and New York Mets, each 10-5, have fewer than seven losses on the road already.


Looking Ahead

Saturday, May 5
The Royals have started to piece things together lately after a horrendous start. Kansas City is 4-0 in their past four home games, and 4-0 in their past four against teams with a losing overall record. In addition, they're 5-2 in their past seven overall, and 10-4 in the past 14 home games against teams with a road winning percentage under .400. It's another story with Jason Hammel on the hill, though, as the Royals are just 3-7 in his past 10 home starts and 11-27 in their past 38 games overall. They're also 1-6 in Hammel's past seven against AL Central opponents. The Tigers are just 1-4 in their past five against the Royals, while going 1-6 in their past seven trips to Kauffman Stadium. Total players might like the 'under', as it is 4-1 in K.C.'s past five home games and 5-1 in Hammel's past six starts overall. The 'under' is 5-1 in the past six overall for Detroit, while going 4-0 in their past four vs. RHP. The under is also 12-5 in their past 17 inside the division. However, the over is 6-2 in Jordan Zimmermann's past eight starts, including 16-5 in his past 21 vs. AL Central foes.

The Dodgers combined for a no-hitter in Friday's game against the Padres. They'll be looking to keep it going, but L.A. is just 2-5 in Kenta Maeda's past seven starts away from home. They're also 2-5 in his past seven starts inside the division, while going 1-4 in his past five working on five days of rest. The Padres counter with Bryan Mitchell, and he has been terrible. San Diego is 1-6 in their past seven at home, 1-5 in the past six inside the division and 1-10 in their past 11 home starts vs. RHP. The Padres are 0-4 in Bryan Mitchell's past four home outings and 1-5 in his past six overall.

The Astros opened their interleague series against the Diamondbacks with an 8-0 thumping of Arizona in their own home building. Arizona looks to bounce back with Zack Greinke on the bump. They're 23-8 in Greinke's past 31 starts at home, and 23-11 in his past 34 starts overall. They're also 8-3 in their past 11 interleague games at home, and 4-1 in their past five vs. RHP. The Astros roll out Charlie Morton looking to continue their success on the road. Friday's road victory marked their seventh straight win away from home. They're also 33-12 in their past 45 tries against NL West clubs.

Weather Report
The weather is finally starting to feel a little more like summer around the nation, and with it comes higher temperatures and a higher percentage of precipitation, too.

In Washington the Phillies and Nationals will likely be playing through the raindrops, or they'll be postponed since they play so frequently being division mates. There is a 40 percent of better chance for showers all throughout the afternoon and evening. In New York, the Rockies and Mets won't be expecting rain, but they will be battling winds blowing out from home plate to the left-center field power alley at a 10-13 mph clip. The same holds true for the Red Sox and Athletics from Oakland, as winds will be howling from 12-15 mph straight out to right-center field.

Other than those few trouble spots the weather looks rather tranquil across Major League Baseball, a rarity lately.

Sunday, May 6
Felix Hernandez takes on the Angels, but there are a couple of people he'll need to pitch around to be successful. Mike Trout has been a major thorn in King Felix's side, going 29-for-79 (.367) with four doubles, two triples, seven homers and 19 RBI with a 1.143 OPS in his career against the righty. Newly minted 3,000-hit member is 13-for-65 (.200) with six doubles, a homer and seven RBI against Hernandez, while Ian Kinsler is just 21-of-84 (.250) with four doubles, four homers and eight RBI with 12 walks. As such, the M's are just 2-5 in his past seven tries overall against the Halos, while the under is 7-2-1 in his past 10 home outings against the Angels.

The Sunday Night game between the Cubs and Cardinals will feature a chance of thunderstorms in the early evening, perhaps delaying the start of the game slightly. The winds will be blowing in from left field to first base at 9-12 mph, so a lower-scoring game could be expected.

Normally the Cubbies have pretty good luck with Jon Lester on the bump. They're 6-0 in his past six against NL Central foes, and 4-1 in his past five against teams with a winning overall record. They're also 40-19 in his past 59 starts overall, although they're inexplicably 0-7 across his past seven starts on a Sunday. For the Cardinals, they're 13-3 in their past 16 home games against a left-handed starter, while going 5-2 in their past seven overall vs. LHP. The Cubs are 4-0 in Lester's past four against the Cardinals. Heading into Saturday's games, the 'under' is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings, and 12-4 in the past 16 overall. The under is also 8-3-2 in the past 13 starts by Lester against the Cards, while going 9-4-1 in the past 14 meetings at Busch Stadium II.

Weather Report
The Indians and Yankees might have a difficult time squeezing in their series final on Sunday with a 30 percent chance of rain at first pitch, increasing to around 50 percent for the next few hours before the rains start to pull out in the early evening. If they are able to start this game, a lengthy weather delay should be expected. That can wreak havoc with the starting pitching and lead to a heavier load for the bullpen. As you might expect, the weather for Rockies-Mets is in the same boat.

The winds will be kicking up at 11-14 mph, blowing out to the left-center field power alley, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta for the game between the Giants and Braves. In Oakland the winds will be blowing out to right-center field at 11-14 mph.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain for the start of the Twins-White Sox battle at Guaranteed Rate Field, tailing off after just an hour or two. Winds will also be an issue, gusting from 16-20 mph to right field.

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