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The Arizona Diamondbacks have posted an impressive 3.41 ERA so far this season, ranking third in the National League and fourth overall in MLB. The pitching has definitely been championship caliber, and offense hasn't been a problem in past seasons. However, the Diamondbacks have been a poor performer at the betting window mostly due to their flagging offense. Arizona ranks last in the majors with a .218 team batting average, and they've managed just 65 homers to rank in the bottom third of the league. In addition, Arizona ranks 26th in runs scored (240). It's a shocking number considering they're a first-place team in the National League West, while all of the other four teams behind them in runs scored are either in fourth or fifth place. In other words, if you bet the Diamondbacks, you have a good chance of winning. However, it is going to be a sweat shop and a low-scoring game.
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Saturday, June 9
The Houston Astros were expected to have dominant pitching this season, but not many thought Charlie Morton would be one of the best pitchers in the league. He is 7-1 with a 2.84 ERA while recording 92 strikeouts over 73 innings in an All-Star caliber campaign. He'll face a Rangers team he beat on May 12, allowing just one run and four hits while posting a season-high 14 strikeouts. He also had a quality start in a no-decision against the Rangers back on April 14, whiffing 12 over just six innings.
The Astros are 5-1 across their past six road games against a team with a losing record, and they're 8-3 in their past 11 away games against a left-handed starting pitcher. Houston has won 28 of their past 39 games inside the division while going 8-1 in Morton's past nine while working on five days of rest. The Rangers counter with Mike Minor, and they're just 1-4 over his past five outings and 1-4 in his past five inside the division. They're also a dismal 10-23 in the past 33 home games vs. RHP. Houston has owned this series, going 8-1 in their past nine in Arlington and 11-4 in the past 15 overall. The 'under' is 5-0 in the past five meetings.
As mentioned above, the Diamondbacks have struggled this season. However, they're 5-0 in their past five trips to Colorado, and 5-1 in the past six meetings overall with the Rockies. The Rox are using Chad Bettis, and the 'over' is 3-1-1 in his past five outings against Arizona. The over is 7-0-2 in the past nine overall for Colorado, while going 5-0-1 in their past six at home and 5-0-1 in their past six inside the division. While the under is 7-1 in Arizona's past eight on the road vs. RHP, the over is 4-1-1 in their past six inside the division.
The weather in the nation's capital will be ugly kicking off around noon time. That's bad news, as that's exactly when first pitch forthe Giants-Nationals game will be. The chances of thunderstorms will be 45 percent at 12, including to around 80 percent by 2pm. The chances of thunderstorms will remain in the forecast until the early evenings hours, so it might be a long day or potential cancellation in the nation's capitals.
In the Bay Area, there will be no precipitation in the forecast, but the winds will be blowing hard. The gusts will be blowing 19-23 mph from home plate to the right-center field power alley. The same forecast holds true for Beantown, as the White Sox-Red Sox game will see winds from 10-13 mph blowing out to Pesky's Pole in right field at Fenway Park.
In the Metroplex, the Astros-Rangers game will have warm temperatures in the low 90's and no rain. However, the winds will be blowing hard from 10-13 mph from right-center field into the face of the batters at home plate.
Sunday, June 10
The Mets and Yankees will do battle on ESPN in the national Sunday night game. If the Mets are going to have any measure of success they'll need production from the meat of their order. Unfortunately for the Mets they rank dead last in the majors with a .204 batting average, .276 slugging percentage and just two home runs over 59 games. That's not going to cut it against the Marlins, let alone the Yankees. The team might get an infusion of offense when Yoenis Cespedes (strained right hip flexor) is ready, but they'll have to wait until at least Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 0-for-2 as the designated hitter in a minor-league rehab outing for Double-A Binghamton.
The injury news gets worse for the Mets, as closer Jeurys Familia landed on the 10-day disabled list Friday due to a sore right shoulder. Noah Syndergaard was expected to start Sunday, but he will not be ready after experiencing swelling and discomfort in his finger while playing catch. Seth Lugo will make the start against the Yankees, and that's not likely to end well. The Yankees won the series opener on Friday by a 4-1 score, and they're 8-1 across their past nine interleague games. They're also 7-1 in their past eight interleague games on the road.
The Mets, meanwhile, are a mess. They are 0-9 in their past nine home games, whille going 0-4 in their past four at home against a right-handed starting pitcher. They're also just 3-15 across their past 18 interleague games.
In Texas, the winds will be blowing in hard from right field to home plate, so the 'under' trend in this series might continue. Entering play Monday the 'under' was 5-0 in the past five meetings. The under is also 5-2-1 in the past eight for Texas against AL West foes. The under is 8-3-1 in Houston's past 12 inside the division, too.
The Cardinals-Reds game should be able to start on time, but they'll be keeping an eye to the sky by the middle innings. The chances of thunderstorms will go from 30 to 50 percent from 2pm ET onward.
In Philadelphia, the Brewers and Phillies could be dodging the raindrops. There is a 30 percent chance of rain from 12pm ET throughout the early-evening hours. It might not be enough for a postponement, but we could have to deal with the tarpaulin and delays throughout the afternoon.
In Detroit, rain won't be a problem, but the winds will be blowing from 10-13 mph across from third base to first base. The same holds true for the series finale between the Angels and Twins. Rain won't be an issue, but the winds are blowing in from the scoreboard in right-center field to home plate at a 11-13 mph clip.
It will be windy in Arlington again, too, with clear conditions and the temperature gauge reading near 100 degrees fahrenheit. However, there will be a hot wind blowing from 12-15 mph in from right field to home plate, knocking down any power to right.
It won't be nearly as warm in the Bay Area, but the winds will be blowing out from 14-17 mph to the right-center field power alley.