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Weekend Watch

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Streaky Teams (entering play Friday)
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Baltimore 0-6 past six overall Baltimore Under 6-1 past seven overall
Detroit 7-2 past nine overall Cleveland Over 8-0-1 past nine overall
Milwaukee 11-4 past 15 overall Colorado Over 3-0-1 past four overall
Seattle 10-3 past 13 overall St. Louis Under 8-3-1 past 12 overall
Washington 6-2 past eight overall Seattle Under 9-2 past 11 overall

Capital Punishment
The Washington Nationals haven't fared very well in the nation's capital this season, going just 12-14 in 26 battles at Nationals Park, while posting a stellar 20-10 record in 30 contests away from home. Perhaps they should request a move to the National League Central or the American League, as they're a perfect 7-0 in seven tries against Central foes while going 3-0 in three interleague battles. For those who enjoy betting totals, Washington has been a friend at the betting window. The 'under' has connected in seven straight battles, all on the road, and the under is 9-1 across the past 10 games overall.

Home Records - Best/Worst
Team Record (winning pct) Team Record (winnng pct)
Boston 20-8 (.714) Kansas City 9-20 (.310)
N.Y. Yankees 22-9 (.710) Cincinnati 9-19 (.321)
Philadelphia 19-9 (.679) Chicago White Sox 9-18 (.333)
Cleveland 18-11 (.621) Miami 10-18 (.357)
Houston 18-11 (.621) Baltimore 10-17 (.370)




Looking Ahead

Saturday, June 2
The Dodgers and Rockies hooked up in a wild affair on Friday night, as L.A. posted an 11-8 win and an easy 'over' result. Will the big offense continue with RHPs Walker Buehler and German Marquez doing battle? L.A. has picked up the pace with five straight wins, and they're 6-0 in their past six road outings against a team with a winning reocrd. They're also 5-1 in their past six inside the division, and 9-3 in their past 12 overall against winning sides. The Rockies are a perfect 6-0 in Marquez's past six home starts against a team with a losing record, but they're just 2-5 in his past seven starts at home. While the over hit on Friday, the under is 4-1 in Buehler's past five starts. The over is 3-0-1 in Colorado's past four overall, but the under is 34-16-1 in their past 51 at home and 9-2 in Marquez's past 11 home assignments. The under is also 5-1-1 in the past seven meetings between these division rivals, and 5-2 in the past seven at Coors Field.

In late-night action, the Phillies and Giants square off at AT&T Park. The Phillies have won six of their past eight against NL West foes, while going 20-7 in their past 27 against a left-handed pitcher. They counter with Vince Velasquez, however, and Philadelphia is just 11-24 over his past 35 starts, and 2-6 in his past eight tries against NL West foes. San Fran is 0-4 in the past four outings by Andrew Suarez, while going 1-5 in their past six overall vs. RHP. The Phillies saw their six-game winning streak against the Giants broken on Friday night. They're now just 3-10 in their past 13 trips to San Francisco.

Weather Report
In early-afternoon action, the A's and Royals could be delayed slightly by passing thunderstorms. It will be a soggy morning in Kansas City, with the chance of thunderstorms dwindling down to 45 percent by first pitch. The chances decrease from 30 percent to 2pm, and 15 percent by 3pm, so the game will go on. The question is whether or not there will be a delay or interruption.

The chances of precipitation is quite heavy in Baltimore, and there is a good chance the game between the Yankees and Orioles gets rained out. There is a 75 percent chance or greater for the entire afternoon and into the evening. It's likely this is made up as part of a day-night doubleheader either on Sunday, or sometime deeper into the season. Of course, as you can see below, rain will be sticking around in Charm City through the weekend.

The other New York team will be battling showers, too, as overcast conditions start out in the early innings, but the chances of rain pick up from 35 to 50 percent by 9pm ET. 

Sunday, May 20
The Cubs and Mets will have a southpaw battle, as Jon Lester and Steven Matz square off. The Cubs are 14-3 in Lester's past 17 road starts against a team with a losing record, while going 28-6 in the past 34 against a team with a losing overall mark. The Cubs are 9-2 in Lester's past 11 against the NL East, although inexplicably, the Cubs are 0-8 in Lester's past eight on Sundays. The Cubs are also just 3-13 in their past 16 road games vs. LHP. For the Mets, they're 1-4 in their past five against southpaws, and 2-5 in their past seven tries when Lester is on the bump for the Cubbies.

In Sunday night action, the Red Sox and Astros do battle in a potential playoff preview. It will be a well-pitched game, too, if Rick Porcello and Charlie Morton can continue their good work. Porcello is 7-2 with a 3.65 ERA and 70 strikeouts over 74 innings. Morton is a perfect 7-0 with a 2.26 ERA and 85 strikeouts across just 67 2/3 innings, but he'll have stern test. Of course, it helps his cause that Mookie Betts is on the 10-day disabled list, and the team jettisoned Hanley Ramirez. Boston is 7-3 in Porcello's past 10 road outings, while going 11-5 in his past 16 assignments overall. The Red Sox are just 4-10 in his past 14 starts against a team with a winning record, while going 2-6 in his past eight road outings against a winning squad. The Astros are 9-3 in Morton's past 12 starts, while going 8-3 in Morton's past 11 against AL East foes.

Weather Report
The rains will stick around in Baltimore through the weekend, as the chances range from 60 percent from first pitch (1:05pm ET) through 5pm, when it dies down to around 40 percent. It's unlikely the league will schedule a day-night doubleheader, should Saturday's game get wiped out, as the chances of a doubleheader seem rather remote for Sunday.

In Detroit, the thunderstorm chance hovers at 50 percent through first pitch until 3pm, when the weather starts to move out. The Cubs and Mets won't have to deal with rain, but wind will wreak havoc with the contest. The winds will be gusting from 13-16 mph blowing in from right field to home plate.

It's summertime, or almost summer, and that usually means rain in Atlanta. The game between the Nationals and Braves should go off just fine, but there will be a 40 percent chance of precip in the later innings. The weather should move out by 5-6pm ET.

On the south side of Chicago, the winds will be gusting from 15-18 mph with a jetstream blowing directly out from home plate to straightaway center field. The same holds true for Target Field in the Twin Cities, as the Indians and Twins do battle. Precipitation won't be an issue, but the winds will be howling from 17-20 mph from home plate to the power alley in right-center field.

The winds will also be gusting from 15-18 mph blowing out to right field at Busch Stadium II, so the left-handed hitters on the Pirates and Cardinals should see a nice jetstream blowing out to aid their power strokes. Across I-70 in Kansas City, the A's and Royals will be experiencing winds from 11-14 mph blowing across from left field to first base.

In west coast action, the Phillies and Giants will be battling winds gusting from 13-17 mph blowing out to the left-center field power alley. 

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