Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:03 PM
Ballpark Figures - Week 12
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|Streaky Teams (entering Monday)|
South Side of the Total
The Chicago White Sox are on quite the 'under' streak lately, going 14-1-1 in the past 16 games against the total. They suffered a 3-1 loss against the Tigers on Sunday, and they have averaged just 2.7 runs per game across the past 10 outings. Chicago's pitching has stepped up lately, as they have yielded just 3.2 runs per outing. That's going to help the 'under' come in quite frequently. Their Windy City brethren, the Cubs, have also had the 'under' hit quite frequently lately. Outside of a 13-run explosion in the series-opening win on Friday, the under is 7-3 across the past 10 outings. The Cubs have been shut out three times in the past five outings, and they have scored three or fewer goals in five of their past 13 outings.
The Chicago Cubs will roll out RHP Tyler Chatwood against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. He hasn't faced L.A. this season, but he is very familiar with the Dodgers from his time with the Colorado Rockies. Chatwood is 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA over seven starts and one relief appearances against Los Angeles since the start of the 2015 season with 34 strikeouts and 27 walks over 37 1/3 innings while the Dodgers are hitting .250 against him during the span. It won't be easy for Chatwood to turn things around against L.A., as RHP Kenta Maeda is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four starts and a relief appearance on the road this season.
Monday, June 18
As mentioned above, the Dodgers and Cubs will battle on Monday night at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers roll into the game with a 10-1 record over their past 11 road games against a team with a winning record while going 9-1 in their past 10 road games overall. They have also been starting series very hot lately, going 7-0 in their past seven series openers. L.A. is also an impressive 17-5 in the past 22 against teams with a winning overall mark, as they look to turn things around after a slow start to the season. The Dodgers are also Maeda's past seven against NL Central foes. The Cubs are looking for revenge against the Dodgers for a loss in the National League Championship Series last season. While Chatwood has struggled against the Dodgers in recent seasons, the Cubs are 4-1 in his past five home outings while goling 14-6 in their past 20 games overall. The Dodgers have dominated, going 7-1 in the past eight meetings between these sides, while the 'under' is 14-3 in the past 17 meetings at Wrigley Field.
The Pirates and Brewers renew their National League Central rivalry on Monday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Brewers have been getting very good results from veteran Jhoulys Chacin lately, going 10-1 over his past 11 starts, including 5-1 over his past six road contests. They're also an impressive 4-0 in his past four against divisional foes, while going 5-0 in the past five road outings against teams with a losing record. The Bucs have struggled, going 9-19 over his past 28 voerall while posting a 2-6 record in the past eight against teams with a winning record. The Pirates counter with Trevor Williams, and the Bucs are just 1-4 in his past five outings, 2-5 in his past seven at home against teams with a winning mark and 1-5 in his past six against winning teams overall.
The weather is expected to hold off in the Steel City for the series opener between the Brewers and Pirates, but thw winds will be kicking up 10-13 mph blowing out from home plate to left field. Across the Keystone State in Philadelphia the Cardinals and Phillies will be locking horns. The precipitation will also be nil, but winds will be blowing out from 10-13 mph from home plate to straightaway center field at Citizens Bank Park.
In Cleveland, the tarpaulin is likely to come out at Progressive Field, as there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms at first pitch, increasing to 70 percent by 9pm through midnight. If they are able to squeeze the game in, the winds will be howling from 10-13 mph from home plate to right field.
In Chicago there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms, dying down to 30 percent or less by 9pm CDT. The winds will be blowing in from left field to first base, knocking down any fly balls.
In Kansas City, it will be a hot wind from 11-14 mph blowing balls out of Kauffman Stadium from home plate to left field. It will be much cooler at Coors Field for the Mets-Rockies battle, with thunderstorm chances of 40 percent from 8pm MDT through the wee hours.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the Marlins and Giants will be dealing with winds from home plate to the left-center field power alleys from 13-16 mph. The 'over' is 5-1 in the past six meetings between Miami and San Francisco, and 7-2 in the past nine battles altogether. It will be a battle of lefties, and the over is 6-2 in Miami's past eight on the road vs. LHP, while the over is 5-2 in San Francisco's past seven at home vs. LHP.
Tuesday, June 19
The Orioles and Nationals will renew acquaintances in their interleague rivalry on Tuesday night. Baltimore has struggled all across the board, but they're particularly poor lately in interleague games. They're 0-9 in their past nine interleague games against teams with a winning record, 0-5 in their past five interleague road outings against a team with a winning mark and 2-7 in their past nine interleague road assignments overall. Washington hasn't fared well in interleague games lately, either, going 1-4 in their past five heading into Monday's continuation of a game against the Nationals. However, Washington has taken advantage when playing the dregs of the league, going 48-23 in the past 71 games against teams with a winning percentage under .400. Washington has won five straight meetings against Baltimore, while going 'under' has hit in four in a row.
The Athletics and Padres will do battle in interleague play, as the A's look to hang around in the playoff chase. They enter the new week at 36-36, while the Padres are six games under .500 at 34-40. Oakland has stumbled in series openers, going 2-6 in their past eight Game 1s of a new series. They're also just 7-16 in their past 23 interleague games against a team with a losing record. San Diego has won four of their past five at home, but they're just 1-5 in their past six against the American League west, while winning just once in the past six interleague battles. Oakland has rattled off five wins in the past six trips to Petco Park, while going 8-3 in the past 11 meetings overall. Total bettors will like the fact the 'over' is 6-1 in the past seven at Petco, and 9-3 in the past 12 meetings overall.
The weather looks pretty good for most of the country outside of the Midwest. In Cincinnati, the Tigers and Reds will be looking at 40 percent chances of thunderstorms from 8-10pm ET. The same holds true for the Dodgers and Cubs at Wrigley Field, with 50 percent chances of storms dying down to 40 percent by 9pm CDT. If and when they do start, those west-southwest winds will be blowing in from left field to home plate again from 9-12 mph.
The winds will be gusting again in Kansas City, blowing 12-15 mph with temperatures flirting with the 100-degree mark. No precip in San Francisco, either, but the Marlins-Giants will again experience gusts from 14-17 mph to the left-center field power alleys.