Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:58 PM
Ballpark Figures - Week 9
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Q Is For Quality
The Chicago Cubs roll out LHP Jose Quintana for Tuesday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies and RHP Zach Eflin. The Phils opened the series with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings at Wrigley Field on Monday, as J.T. Realmuto delivered an extra-innings homer to help the Phils to the extra-innings win. In addition, the late rally in the ninth and the run in the 10th helped the 'over' (8.5) connect.
The Phillies enter on a four-game heater, and they're 5-1 across the past six games on the road, too. In addition, they're 4-1 in the past five on the road against a winning team. However, Philadelphia has also managed just two victories across the past eight outings against a left-handed starting pitcher, while going just 2-19 in Eflin's past 11 on the road. They're also 1-5 in Eflin's past six assignments against teams with a winning overall record. Also, Philadelphia has managed just three victories across the past 11 visits to Wrigley Field, while the over is 6-2 across the past eight in Chicago.
The Cubs are still 15-6 across the past 21 gams despite their series-opening setback, and they're 11-4 over the past 15 games at Wrigley Field. Chicago is also an impressive 19-7 over the past 26 games against right-handed starting pitchers, while going 39-18 in the past 57 at the friendly confines vs. RHP. They're also 20-7 across Quintana's past 27 home outings, and 5-2 in his past seven at home against teams with a winning overall record. They're also 8-3 in the past 11 oiutings against NL East foes.
As far as the total, the under is 8-2-1 in Philly's past 11 road games, and 8-2-1 in their past 11 on the road vs. LHP, too. The under is also 21-9-1 in the past 21 overall for Philly, and 4-1-1 over Eflin's past six outings overall. The under is also 5-1 across the past six home games for the Cubbies, while going 16-5 in the past 21 home outings against teams with a winning road record. The over has cashed in six of the previous eight meetings in Chicago.
Tuesday, May 21
The Rockies and Pirates will kick off a new series in the Steel City. Colorado will be looking to turn things around after a four-game nosedive. They're also 0-4 in the past four on the road, and 0-4 in the past four against teams with a winning overall record, too. They turn to RHP German Marquez to pull them out of their skid, and Colorado is 5-2 across his past seven outings. The Pirates have won seven of their past 10 games, and tgey're 16-5 in the past 21 at home against teams with a losing road record while going 5-1 in the past six vs. RHP. However, the Bucs are just 3-7 in the past 10 on the road, and 0-4 in RHP Chris Archer's past four starts overall.
The Mariners nearly erased a 10-2 deficit in the final two innings, falling 10-9 in Arlington on Monday night. The left run-line bettors of the Rangers crying themselves to sleep after a terrible beat. LHP Tommy Milone and RHP Lance Lynn will square off on Tuesday. The M's are a dismal 2-12 across the past 14 road games, while going 7-19 in the past 26 games overall. They're also just 2-7 across the past nine road games vs. RHP. The Rangers have won five of the past six voerall, and they're 5-1 in the past six at home and 4-1 in the past five at home vs. LHP, too. They're also 5-2 in the past seven starts by Lynn, as well.
The Phillies and Cubs will be battling a stiff wind from 18-21 mph blowing in from the right-field bleachers into the face of the batters. The Nationals and Mets will also be dealing with strong winds gusting from 12-15 mph from the left-center field power alley into the home-plate area.
In Arlington, the Mariners and Rangers will be battling stiff winds from 11-14 mph blowing right to left, knocking down balls off the bats of left-handed hitters. For the Interstate 70 interleague series, the Royals and Cardinals will be playing a game of beat the clock. Winds will be gusting right to left anywhere from 17-22 mph, but the big story is the rain moving in by 9pm CDT.
The Braves and Giants will also be dealing with a stiff wind from 18-21 mph, blowing out to the right-center field power alley. Winds will also affect the Twins and Angels, blowing out 12-15 mph to right field. The Diamondbacks and Padres will be facing winds of 15-18 mph blowing in from left-center field to home.
Wednesday, May 22
The Reds and Brewers conclude their NL Central set on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. The Reds are 5-1 in their past six against right-handed starting pitchers, and 6-2 in the past eight starts by Castillo against teams with a winning overall mark. For the Brwers, they're 4-1 in the past five outings by RHP Zach Davies, and 18-6 across the past 24 outings at home against teams with a losing overall mark. They're also 7-3 in his past 10 outings overall.
In Queens it's a tremendous pitching matchup with RHPs Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom squaring off. Oddly enough, the Nats are just 1-6 over Scherzer's past seven outings, while going 2-7 in the past nine road games overall for Washington. The Nats are struggling, but they're still 39-16 in Scherzer's past 55 inside the division, so perhaps he'll pull them out of their slide. New York enters this one just 1-10 across the past 11 during Game 3 of a series. They're also struggling with their ace on the hill, cashing in just seven of deGrom's past 25 starts, mostly due to a lack of offensive support.They're also 1-6 over his past seven starts overall.
The Braves and Giants do battle, and Atlanta looks to improve on their 6-2 mark over the past eight road games vs. RHP. They're also 5-1 in the past six starts by LHP Max Fried while working on four days of rest. San Francisco enters just 1-8 over RHP Jeff Samardzija's past nine outings against NL East clubs, and 7-16 in his past 23 overall. The Giants have also cashed in just 11 of Samardzija's past 40 starts overall against winning clubs.
In the matinee affair between the A's and Indians, the winds will be blowing out 12-15 mph to the left-center field power alley. In St. Louis, the Royals and Cardinals will be facing gusting winds 15-18 mph blowing out to left field. The M's and Rangers will face humid and partly cloudy conditions, with winds humming from 15-18 mph from right field to home plate.
For the day action in San Diego, the Diamondbacks and Padres will be facing 16-19 mph winds blowing in from the left-field seats into the first-base dugout. The opposite will be the case at Wrigley Field, gusting 14-17 mph out to the left-center field power alley for the Phillies and Cubbies.
In California, the Twins and Angels will see a 11-14 mph wind blowing out to the right-center field power alley, whle the Braves and Giants see winds howling 11-14 mph out to straightaway center field.