Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:58 AM
Editor's Note: Don't miss out on 30 days of Winning Baseball Picks from Joe Williams for the 2018-19 MLB regular season. Click to win!
Saturday, May 4
The Cardinals and Cubs square off at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET on national television. The Cards have rattled off 10 victories over their past 13 games, and they're also 10-3 in the past 13 against right-handed starting pitchers, too. In addition, they're 13-6 in the past 19 starts by RHP Michael Wacha, while going 7-2 in his past nine against National League Central Division foes. However, the Cards are just 1-4 in the past five road outings against teams with a winning overall mark, and 3-8 in the past 11 road outings overall against teams with a winning record. For the Cubs, they have picked up five consecutive victories, while going 4-0 in their past four vs. RHP. They're also 4-1 in the past five at home. However, the Cubbies have managed just one win over the past five starts by RHP Yu Darvish. In this series, the Cards have won just five times in the past 21 trips to Wrigley Field, while going 1-5 in the past five road outings by Wacha in Chicago. The 'over' is 8-2-1 in the past 11 meetings in Wrigley, and 5-1-1 in Wacha's past seven starts on the north side.
The Nationals and Phillies face each other on Friday night, as LHP Patrick Corbin and RHP Jake Arrieta do battle at 'The Vault'. Currently OF Bryce Harper's new team is five games above his old team in the NL East standings. Washington has won just twice in the past seven on the road, while going 1-4 in the past five overall. They're also 1-5 in the past six vs. RHP. For the Phillies, they're 5-1 in the past six starts, and 4-0 in the past four against NL East opponents. Philly has also won five of the past six at home, and they're 26-9 in the past 35 at home vs. LHP. In addition, they're 4-1 in Arrieta's past five starts against divisional foes.
On the south side, it's a battle of Sox, and a battle of southpaws, too, as LHP Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox battles LHP Manny Banuelos. Boston is starting to piece things together after a slow start, going 4-1 in the past five on the road, while going 4-1 in the past five overall, too. However, they're still just 1-5 in their past six tries vs. LHP, and 0-4 in the past four on the road against southpaws. E-Rod has been hot, and the BoSox are 4-0 in his past four against AL Central teams, 12-3 in his past 15 on the road and 22-5 in his past 27 against teams with an overall losing record. The White Sox are 4-1 in their past five vs. LHP, and 5-2 in the past seven overall, too. They're also 5-2 in the past seven on the south side. In this series the under is an impressive 10-2 in the past 12 meetings, while going 4-1 in the past five battles at Guaranteed Rate Field.
It's more lefty-on-lefty crime when the Dodgers battle the Padres at Petco as LHP Rich Hill and LHP Joey Lucchesi battle. The Dodgers have won six of their past eight overall, and they're 5-2 in the past seven road outings against a team with a winning record. They're also 8-1 in Hill's past nine starts, and 4-0 in his past four road outings. For the Padres, they're 7-3 in the past 10 vs. LHP, while going 5-1 in the past six at home against lefties. The Padres have dropped each of their past four against divisional foes. They're 4-1 in Lucchesi's past five home outings, but 3-13 in the past 16 against NL West foes. L.A. has won four of their past five trips to San Diego, and they're 6-2 in Hill's past eight starts against the Padres.
The weather report looks great all across the MLB venues on Saturday, with precipitation chances under 20 percent and wind under 10 mph. Weather won't play a factor.
Sunday, May 5
The Braves and Marlins will square off in South Florida. RHP Julio Teheran is on the bump, and the Braves are just 1-4 over his past five road outings, although they're 6-2 in his past eight outings against teams with a losing overall record. The Marlins are just 2-10 in RHP Pablo Lopez's past 12 starts, and they 0-7 in his past seven outings against divisional foes. The over is 5-2 in Teheran's past seven outings overall, while the under is 5-0 in Lopez's past five outings. The over is also 8-3 in the past 11 starts against the Marlins by Teheran.
RHP Zack Greinke and RHP German Marquez will do battle in the Mile High City, as the Diamondbacks and Rockies square off. Arizona has won six straight starts by Grinke, and they're 11-4 across his past 15 road outings. They're also 11-5 in the past 16 starts by Greinke against divisional opponents. The Rockies have won six of Marquez's past eight home outings, and they're 5-2 in the past seven starts overall by the righty. They're also 7-3 in the past 10 starts against NL West opponents by Marquez. The Rockies are 4-0 in Marquez's past four vs. the Diamondbacks, and the over is 5-0 across the past five starts by Marquez against Arizona.
The Cardinals and Cubs are the nationally televised game on Sunday night, with RHP Adam Wainwright and LHP Jose Quintana doing battle. St. Louis has won seven of the past 10 starts by Waino, and they're 38-17 in his past 55 inside the divisiion. The Cubbies have won each of Quintana's past four starts, and they're 4-1 in his past five at home against winning teams, 6-2 in his past eight overall against winning club and an impressive 20-7 in the past 27 starts by Q at home. The under is 4-1-1 in Quintanan's past six while working on six days of rest, and, for what it's worth, the under is 8-3-1 in his past 12 showings on a Sunday. The under is also 4-1-1 in his past six against the Cards. For St. Louis, the under is 4-0-1 in Waino's past five starts, 8-1-1 in his past 10 overall against teams with a winning overall record and 6-2-1 in Wainwright's past nine against the Cubs.
The Rays and O's will face a 50 percent chance of rain for the start of their 1:05 p.m. ET game on Sunday. However, the rain will taper off considerably and they'll get it underway, perhaps after a slight delay. The same holds true for the Nationals-Phillies battle, as their is a 35 percent chance of rain for the first hour of Sunday's game, but less than 20 percent after.
In the Bronx the rains will also be falling, potentially pushing back the Twins-Yankees battle by a few hours. However, they'll likely be able to get it in, as rain chances diminish to 25 percent by 4:00 p.m.
For the Blue Jays-Rangers battle in Arlington it will be the winds which affect the game. There will be a 9-12 mph wind blowing in from right field to home plate, knocking the ball down for left-handed hitters in particular. For Dodgers-Padres in San Diego, the winds will be blowing in from 9-12 mph from left field to home plate. Lastly, the Astros and Angels will face 10-13 mph winds blowing in from the left-center field power alley to home plate at Monterrey Baseball Stadium.