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Weekend Watch

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Streaky Teams (through Friday's games)
Wins and Losses Streak Over/Under Streak
Baltimore 3-11 past 14 games overall Cincinnati Under 7-3 past 10 games
Cincinnati 5-0 past five games overall Colorado Over 18-3-1 past 22 games
Houston 13-2 past 15 games overall Kansas City Under 11-4 past 15 games
Kansas City 2-15 past 17 games overall Miami Over 5-0 past five games
Texas 6-0 past six games overall Philadelphia Over 10-3 past 13 game

Haves and Have Nots
There have been plenty of haves and have nots in baseball this season. There are four teams in particular who are awful, and great fade candidates night in and night out. It's no surprise that some of the worst teams in terms of run differential are also the worst in the majors as far as winning percentage. The Royals, Marlins, Orioles and Rangers are each in last place in their respective divisions, and the White Sox would also be in the basement in each of the other five divisions. Texas has actually been showing some signs of life in the win-loss column lately, chopping down their differential. But the other four teams are awful and showing no signs of turning things around. Enjoy!

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Team Average Team Average
Houston +160 Kansas City -142
Boston +112 Miami -120
N.Y. Yankees +105 Baltimore -114
Chicago Cubs +92 Chicago White Sox -111
Atlanta +73 Texas -64




Looking Ahead

Saturday, June 23
The Padres and Giants will continue their series in San Francisco. San Diego has had magic in the third game of a series, going 10-2 across their past 12 Game 3 of a series. However San Diego will be hard pressed to pick up the victory, as they're just 7-20 in the past 27 road games against a left-handed starter. They're also 0-4 in the past four vs. LHP. The Giants counter with Andrew Suarez, but they're 1-4 in his past five starts at home and 2-6 in his past eight overall. San Francisco is 10-3 across their past 13 at home while going 12-2 in their past 14 vs. RHP. The 'over' has connected in five of the past seven in this series.

If the Dodgers and Mets are able to get their game in (see below), the Dodgers could stay hot against the scuffling Mets. Los Angeles has posted a 9-1 record over the past 10 road games against a right-handed starting pitcher. They're also 8-3 in the past 11 overall vs. RHP while going 23-9 in the past 32 overall. After a slow start L.A. is rolling along and finally living up to preseason expectations. The Mets started out red hot but have been a dumpster fire lately. They're just 16-36 over the past 52 games while going 9-24 in their past 33 home games against a team with a winning record. They're also 7-20 in the past 27 home games. The Mets have really let down Jacob deGrom, as they're just 2-10 in his past 12 starts at home, and 1-5 in the past six overall. Citi Field has been a second home for the Dodgers, as they're 6-0 in their past six visits while going 11-1 in the past 12 meetings overall against the Dodgers. The 'under' has cashed in deGrom's past six starts against L.A., while going 4-1 in the past five battles in Queens.

In the only west coast game, the Blue Jays look to right the ship after a 2-1 setback to the Angels. The Jays haven't fared well on Saturday, going 2-8 in their past 10 on the day. They're also just 1-10 across the past 11 road outings while going 0-4 in the past four against American League West foes. They have also struggled with Marcus Stroman on the hill, going 0-4 in his past four starts while going 1-4 in his past five on the road. On the flip side, the Halos have been hot with a 7-1 mark across the past eight home outings. They're also 6-0 in the past six home games against a team with a losing record and 8-1 in their past nine home games vs. RHP. The 'under' is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings, while going 5-2-2 in the past nine in Anaheim.

Weather Report
The weather will affect the Steel City all afternoon, finally clearing up around 7 p.m. ET or so. The Diamondbacks and Pirates could have their 4:05 p.m. start delayed or interrupted by rain if they can get started. The winds will be blowing out to lft field at a 11-14 mph clip. Rain will also rear its ugly head in the nation's capital, affecting the Phillies and Nationals. There is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms until 6 p.m., with a 30 percent chance for the following two hours. There could be delay in this one, too.

Rain won't be an issue in Atlanta and Cincinnati, but both parks will experience winds blowing out to left field from 10-13 mph.

The nationally televised games on Saturday night between the Mariners-Red Sox and Dodgers-Mets will experience thunderstorms. There are 50 percent or greater chances of rain in both cities well into the night. It wouldn't be surprising to see each battle pushed back to Sunday as part of a potential day-night doubleheader.

Sunday, June 24
Luke Weaver and Jhoulys Chacin will lock horns on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals have posted an impressive 9-3 record across his past 12 road starts, while going 10-4 in his past 14 inside the division. However, they're 1-4 in his past five when working on four days of rest. Milwaukee has been on fire with Chacin on the bump, going 10-2 in his past 12 starts, including 5-0 in his past five starts at home. They're just 10-2 on his past 12 starts on grass, while going 4-1 in the past five inside the division. The 'under' is 4-0 in Weaver's past four on four days of rest, but the 'over' is 4-0 in his past four on the road. The under is the prevailing trend for Chacin and the Brewers. The under is 21-5-1 in the past 27 Sunday games, while going 5-1 in Chacin's past six starts at home and 7-2 in his past nine overall.

The Royals wrap up their set against the Astros and they'll face a familiar face, Justin Verlander. He hasn't faced the Royals this season, but he is 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 10 starts against Kansas City since the start of the 2015 season. The Royals are batting just .238 against Verlander over those 10 outings, walking 11 times and striking out 67 times across 71 1/3 innings. Kansas City is just 1-5 in the past six Sunday games, and they enter Saturday with a 5-21 mark in the past 26 against AL West foes. They're also 2-9 in the past 11 starts by Jason Hammel against AL West clubs.

The Phillies and Nationals will be playing under the lights in the nation's capital, and it could be the second end of a doubleheader if Mother Nature washes out Saturday's contest. The Phillies have closed out a series very well lately, going 4-0 in the past four in Game 3 of a series. While they're 1-4 in Nick Pivetta's past five starts, and 0-5 in his past five when working on five days of rest, they're 5-1 in his past six on a Sunday. They're also 8-2 in Pivetta's past 10 starts against a team with a winning record. Washington has managed a 1-4 mark across their past five on Sunday, while entering play Saturday with a 15-7 mark in the past 22 against a winning side. 

Weather Report
The weather will be tricky for the M's-Red Sox game on Sunday afternoon, with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms from 2 p.m. ET through the early-evening hours. In Atlanta, there is a 30 percent chance of rain from 2-4 p.m. ET for the O's-Braves finale.

In Cleveland rain won't be an issue, but the wind will be the biggest factor. Gusts from 11-14 mph will be blowing from left to right field. Winds will also be howling at a 15-18 mph clip from home plate to the left-center field power alley in San Francisco for the Padres-Giants battle.

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