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Jun 01, 2019

Weekend Watch

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Saturday, June 1
It's a lefty-lefty battle at T-Mobile Park (still weird not calling it Safeco Field), as the Angels use LHP Andrew Heaney in his second outing of the season against LHP Tommy Milone, who makes just his third trip to the mound for the M's. Heaney debuted against the Rangers on May 26, allowing two earned runs, two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision. The last time he faced the Mariners he allowed two earned runs, eight hits and four walks over five innings in a no-decsion on Sept. 15, a game which the M's eventually won. Milone faced the Rangers twice, striking out 13 batters over 10 2/3 innings, and he enters with a 3.38 ERA. The Halos enters 5-12 across the past 17 vs. LHP, while the M's are 2-9 in their past 11 against southpaws, so something's gotta give.

 The Astros will send RHP Justin Verlander out to face LHP Brett Anderson. Houston has cashed in 23 of Verlander's past 28 road starts, while going 19-6 across his past 25 outings inside the division. Houston is 20-6 in the past 26 games overall against AL West foes, too. For the A's, they have won 10 of the past 13, although they were cooled off on Friday night. They're 6-1 over Anderson's past seven at home, and 4-1 in his past five outings overall. However, Oakland is just 1-4 in his past five against winning teams, and 2-7 in his past nine at home against winning sides.

In Los Angeles it's a lefty vs. lefty battle as the Phillies trot out LHP Cole Irvin to face Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers have won each of Kershaw's past eight regular-season games, and 16 consecutive regular-season starts by the lefty dating back since the Giants beat the Dodgers on Aug. 13 when he took a no-decision. His last loss came back on July 21 in Milwaukee, and his last regular-season setback at Dodger Stadium came April 25, 2018.

The Phillies are just 4-9 across the past 13 games against National League West teams, while going 3-8 in the past 11 road games against a left-handed starter. For the Dodgers, they're 17-4 in the past 21 games against teams with a winning record, while going 36-17 in the past 53 games overall. They're also 41-10 in Kershaw's past 51 outings against National League East teams, while going 19-7 in the past 26 home games against teams with a winning overall mark. The under has also cashed in each of Kershaw's past five outings against the Phillies, while the Dodgers are 5-2 across his past seven starts vs. Philadelphia. The Phils have won just three of their past 13 overall at Dodger Stadium, too.

Weather Report

The precipitation and wind forecast are all favorable. Precip calls for a 20 percent or less chance, and winds at all MLB venues will be 10 mph or less, so basically no factor.

Sunday, June 2

The Mets and Diamondbacks wrap up their series in the desert with LHP Steven Matz working for the visitors against RHP Merrill Kelly. New York has won nine of Matz's past 12 outings, including 5-1 in his past six against NL West clubs. The Mets are 1-6 over his past seven road outings against teams with a losing record, however. The Diamondbacks are just 1-4 over Kelly's past five outings, and they're 1-4 in his past five against teams with a losing overall mark. The under is 9-4 in Matz's past 13 starts against teams with a losing record, and 3-1-1 in Matz's past five home outings and 4-1 in the past five against teams with a losing record.

Sunday's nationally televised game on ESPN features the Red Sox and Yankees, as LHP David Price and LHP CC Sabathia hook up. The Red Sox enter just 2-7 in the past nine road games against LHP, and they're 1-4 in Price's past five outings. However, Boston is an impressive 16-6 in his past 22 outings against winning sides, and 13-4 in the past 17 inside the AL East. The Yankees are just 6-2 across the past eight starts by Sabathia, while going 28-9 in his past 37 outings at home. The under is 6-0 over Price's past six against winning teams, while goiing 8-3-1 in his past 12 overall and 5-2-1 in the past eight road outings by Price. For Sabathia, the under is 34-16-3 in his past 53 at home, including 18-7-1 in his past 26 at home against winning sides. The under is a perfect 11-0 in Sabathia's past 11 home starts vs. Boston, and 15-5-1 in his last 21 overall aginst Boston.

Weather Report

The battle between the Brewers and Pirates will feature wins blowing out to right field at 10-13 mph. Wind will also be a factor for the Indians-White Sox battle, blowing from third base to first base at a 11-14 mph clip. The Cubs and Cardinals will also be contending with winds blowing 11-14 mph from the left-center field power alley to home plate.

The only trouble spot for rain will be the Sunday night affair, as there is a 35 percent chance of ran at first pitch, dwindling to 30 percent by 8 p.m. ET, and 25 percent by 9 p.m. ET. The game should get in, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the tarpaulin come out.

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