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Best Western
The Angels and Mariners kick off a four-game series at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), and the Mariners are hoping that their pitching will be a little better. In the final two games of the series against the Texas Rangers they allowed 19 runs for a pair of 'over' results. The Halos know all about over results, cashing in four consecutive games overall, as well as four straight on the road. In the most recent four-game set in Anaheim on April 18-21, the over connected in three of the four games. However, in the earlier two-game mini series in Seattle, the under was 2-0.

 This game features a battle of two left-handers, as Tyler Skaggs toes the slab for the Angels, and rookie LHP Yusei Kikuchi takes the ball for the Mariners. On a side note, this will also be the first meeting in the United States between Kikuchi and Shohei Ohtani. The two attended the same high school back in Japan. Kikuchi will make a traditional start, too, as he has had an opener every fifth starter as the team looks to manage his workload.

The over is 4-0 in the past four inside the division for the Angels. However, the under is an impressive 8-1-2 in the past 11 starts for Skaggs, including 5-1 in his past six on the road against teams with a losing record. The under is 3-1-2 in his past six starts on the road overall. For the Mariners, the over is 4-1 in the past five at home, and 10-2 in the past 12 at home vs. LHP. In addition, the over is 13-4 in the past 17 overall vs. LHP. For Kikuchi, the over is 4-0-1 in the past five home outings, and 9-1-1 in his past 11 starts overall. The over is 5-0 in Skaggs' past five against the Mariners, and 4-0 in his past four in Seattle. However, the under is 4-1 in the past five meetings overall in Seattle.

Looking Ahead

Thursday, May 30
It's a lefty on lefty matchup for the Red Sox and Yankees, as LHP Chris Sale and LHP JA Happ lock horns. The under is 3-0-1 in Boston's past four on the road, and 4-1-1 in their ;ast six on the road vs. LHP. In addition, the under is an impressive 8-0 in the past eight against teams with a winning overall mark. The under has also hit in five of Sale's past six outings as he has rounded into form after a rough start. For the Yankees, the under is 7-1-1 in the past nine games at home, including 6-1-1 in the past eight at home vs. LHP. The under is 4-1-1 in the past six against winning teams, too, but the over is 7-2-2 in their past 11 overall. The over is also 9-4-1 in Happ's past 14 starts overall.

The Indians travel to meet the White Sox in the Windy City, and the over has cashed in four straight for the Tribe, and four in a row on the road, too. The under has dominated in starts by RHP Carlos Carrasco, however, going 7-1 in his past eight starts when working on four days of rest. The under is also 7-2 in his past nine outings against the White Sox, while going 8-3-1 in the past 12 meetings between these teams overall in Chicago. The under is 4-1 in Chicago's past five at home, 4-1 in the past five inside the division and 4-1 in the past five vs. RHP, too.

Wind Report
The wind won't play a factor in any of the games on Thursday, with the forecast calling for winds of 9 mph or less. The only trouble spot overall will be in the Bronx, as the Red Sox-Yankees game is threatened by a 70 percent or greater chance of rain.

Friday, May 31
The over has dominated for the Cubs recently, while it's all about the under for the Cardinals lately.

The over is 7-1 in Chicago's past eight overall, and 4-1 in their past five games inside the NL Central. The over is also 6-0 in their past six vs. RHP, while going 20-8 in the past 28 on the road against righties. The over is 4-1 in Yu Darvish's past five, too, while hitting in four of their past five on the road when he starts. The under is 4-1 in the past five for the Cardiinals, 4-1 in their past five vs. RHP and 5-0 in the past five outings by Miles Mikolas. The under is also a perfect 5-0 in his past five outings overall. The under is 4-0 in the previous four meetings in St. Louis, too.

Astros RHP Brad Peacock and Athletics RHP Mike Fiers tangle in Oakland on Friday night. The under is 2-0-2 in Peacock's past four outings overall, while going 8-3 in his past 11 inside the division. The under is also 7-3-1 in his previous 11 starts when working on five days of rest. For the A's, the over is a perfect 4-0 in his past four starts against AL West clubs while going 6-2 in his past eight games overall. In this series, the over is 11-4-1 in the past 16 meetings in Oakland, and 18-8-2 in the past 28 meetings overall in this series.

It's a battle of lefties in San Diego, as the Marlins use LHP Caleb Smith against LHP Joey Lucchesi of the Padres. The under is 4-0-1 in Miami's past five vs. LHP, and the under is 4-1 in his past five outings against winning teams. However, the over is 7-2 in his past nine starts on the road, and 4-0 in his past four when working on four days of rest. The under is 5-2 in Lucchesi's past seven home outings, and 5-1 in his past six at home against teams with a losing overall mark. However, the over is 4-0-1 in the past five following a day off, and 4-1 in Lucchesi's past five starts overall.

Wind Report
The wind will be blowing out to the left-center field power alley at SunTrust Park for the Tigers-Braves interleague series battle. The Indians and White Sox continue their series, and the winds will be blowing out steadily at 10 mph to left field. Those are the only weather trouble spots, as precipitation is not in the forecast at any of the venues, and the winds are 9 mph or less at all other parks.

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