May 07, 2018
Ballpark Figures - Week 6
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The Boston Red Sox picked up their third consecutive road victory on Sunday in Texas, winning three out of four in Arlington. It's been the key to Boston's success this season, as they run neck-and-neck with the New York Yankees in the American League East. Boston has won five of their past six on the road, and they're 14-5 in 19 away games overall while posting an impressive +745 in those outings. All of that will be put to the test starting on Tuesday when the Red Sox and Yankees hook up for three games in the Bronx. Boston has won just four times in their past 14 battles at Yankee Stadium, while the 'under' has hit in four of the past five in New York. The 'over' is 3-0-1 in the past four overall in this series, however.
The Washington Nationals head to Southern California to battle the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Stephen Strasburg, who played his college baseball at San Diego State, will make his homecoming at Petco Park. The Nationals have won 24 of his past 30 starts on the road while going 17-5 in his past 22 road outings against teams with a losing overall mark. In addition, Strasburg doesn't get a case of the Mondays, as the Nats are 6-1 in his past seven starts on Mondays. The Padres are 4-10 in their past 14 games on Mondays, and they're 3-10 across their past 13 home games against a right-handed starter. The good news is that the Padres have Tyson Ross on the bump, and they're a perfect 7-0 in his past seven working on five days of rest. San Diego is also just 5-13 in their past 18 tries against teams with a winning overall record.
Monday, May 7
The Oakland Athletics certainly know Houston Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel well since they see each other very frequently. That doesn't mean the A's have any measure of success against him. Slugger Khris Davis is an ugly 1-for-18 with a solo home run, three walks and four strikeouts against the southpaw, while Chad Pinder is just 1-for-12 (.083) with a home and three strikeouts. Jed Lowrie is tearing the ball off the cover this season, but it might be a slow go against Keuchel. He is 12-for-44 (.273) with three doubles, no homers and just three RBI against the lefty. While the defending champs have dropped their past four games in Oakland, the Astros are an impressive 10-4 in Keuchel's past 14 starts against the A's and 21-8 in their past 29 overall against the Athletics. If you like to play totals, the 'over' is 5-0 in the past five at Oakland Coliseum, and 6-0-1 in the past seven meetings in the series overall.
In Cincinnati, the Mets are looking to warm up after a slide recently. RHP Homer Bailey might be the elixir to cure their ills. The active roster is hitting .304 (24-for-79) against Bailey, led by Adrian Gonzalez. The left-handed hitting first baseman is 11-for-25 (.440) with two doubles, six homers and 10 RBI with a 1.702 OPS. While the Mets have dropped their past six in a row, the Mets are 19-7 in their past 26 games against teams with a winning percentage under .400. They're also 7-1 in their past eight road outings against teams with a home winning percentage under .400. The Mets might be ready to get well at Great American Ball Park.
For the first time in recent memory the weather is perfect across the board, with no chance of precipitation and the wins at all seven Major League ballparks will have winds of 10 mph or less.
Tuesday, May 8
James Paxton of the Mariners struck out 16 batters last time out, but he had to settle for a no-decision after the bullpen ruined his win. Marcus Stroman is still searching for his first win of the season, as he enters 0-4 with a dismal 7.52 ERA across 32 1/3 innings. Last season he didn't suffer his fourth setback until June 22, so he is obviously well behind. He has faced the Mariners just twice since the start of the 2015 season, but he is a solid 1-0 with 15 strikeouts over 13 innings in his two outings against Seattle. Of course, he was pitched well against a lot of teams in the past, but this year not so much.
The Diamondbacks and Dodgers will kick off a new series at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday night. Rest has been doing Arizona good, as they're 5-1 in their past six after a scheduled day off. The Snakes have posted seven wins across their past 10 road outings, and they're 21-10 in the past 31 overall. They also have started off well lately, going 39-19 in the first game of their past 58 series. Los Angeles hasn't been quite as effective recently, going 4-9 in their past 13 games overall, while going just 1-5 in their past six follwoing a day off. Arizona has won seven of the past 10 between these NL West rivals, but the D-Backs are only 12-30 in their past 42 trips to Dodger Stadium.
On Tuesday, the weather is going to be almost as pleasant was it was on Monday night. However, the winds will be gusty at Globe Life Park in Arlington anywhere from 13-16 mph blowing in from right field to home plate. On the flip side, the winds will be blowing out at Oakland Coliseum from 12-15 mph from home plate to the right-center field power alley. Other than that, there should be no precipitation hindering any of the games which is a very nice change from April when we had plenty of interruptions. It looks like that April showers, May flowers thing has some validity.
Wednesday, May 9
The run of fair weather will come to a close on Hump Day. Speaking of closed, the roof at Miller Park will be closed for the afternoon battle between the Indians and Brewers with thunderstorms forecast all afternoon.
In Arlington, the winds will again be howling in from right field to home plate anywhere from 13-17 mph, and it will be a hot wind with temperatures in the upper 80's. In Chicago, the forecast calls for overcast skies until the final third of the game when a line of thunderstorms is expected to roll in. The winds at Guaranteed Rate Field will also be humming in from right field to home plate at a 15-18 mph clip. On the north side, they'll also experience the same forecast, with thunderbumpers in the area. The winds, however, will be blowing out to left field at Wrigley Field from 14-17 mph. The two Chicagoland contests are the only potential games where an interruption or postponement is possible.