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Weekend Watch

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Saturday, June 15
The Mariners and the Athletics continue their series in Oakland on Saturday night with LHP Wade LeBlanc listed as the scheduled start against emerging ace RHP Frankie Montas. LeBlanc is 3-2 with a 5.31 ERA across six starts and two relief appearances, having been bumped for an 'opener' as recently as June 3. When he entered that game, he was impressive, allowing just one earned run, three hits and a walk with two strikeouts across eight innings of 'relief'. He needed just 11.1 pitches per inning in that outing, a season-best performance.

 The A's counter with Montas, who has posted an 8-2 record with a 2.84 ERA with 79 strikeouts across 76 innings in his 13 outings, posting a 1.18 WHIP. At home he has been a little more hittable iwht a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP as opposed to a 2.44 ERA and 1.10 WHIP on the road, but he is good nonetheless. The A's are 5-1 across his past six starts overall, and 4-1 across his five outings at O.co Coliseum. In addition, he is 9-3 over the past 12 starts against teams with a losing overall record, and 4-1 in his past five outings against American League West foes.

With Montas' stellar numbers you can forget about the fact the A's are 0-6 across their past six at home, 4-9 in the past 13 in the division and 1-4 in the past five Game 2s of a series. They are 8-1 in the past nine at home vs. LHP, while going 38-17 in the past 55 overall against southpaws. As far as LeBlanc is concerned, the M's are 6-2 over his past eight road outings, and 13-3 in his past 16 against teams with a losing overall record. However, they're 0-4 over his past four outings, and 1-4 in the past five inside the division. Seattle is also just 2-8 in the past 10 road games against a right-hander, and 4-17 in the past 21 road games against teams with a winning home mark, which the A's still own despite their recent skid.

The Padres and Rockies combined for 28 runs in a crazy extra-innings affair at Coors Field, which made the place famous for long balls and never-safe leads. Will the teams have anything left in Saturday's game which goes off at 8:10 p.m. ET?

The runs were actually not a season high for San Diego, as they had 19 runs in a game in Toronto back on May 25. The next day they produced just one run in a 10-1 loss. The time before that when they scored 11 in Atlanta on May 2, they posted just three runs in a loss the next day against the Dodgers at home. Those are the only two instances of the Padres scoring double-digit runs this season, but they followed both games up with a loss and a lack of offense. In fact, over the past two seasons they're just 1-8 in the following game after scoring double-digit runs, including a pair of shutout losses.

Colorado scored double digits and lost on Friday night. The last time they scored 10 or more runs was just this past week on Tuesday against the Cubs. They followed it up with a one-run stinker, falling 10-1 on Wednesday. That was a rarity, however, as the last eight times they scored 10 or more runs they have followed it up with a respectable 5-3 record, all this season.

The Padres roll with LHP Eric Lauer, and San Diego is 4-1 across his past five outings, and 5-2 in the past seven on the road when he starts. However, they're just 1-5 inthe past six vs. RHP, while going 2-5 in the past seven on the road against a righty. Colorado is 13-3 in the past 16 home outings by Marquez, and 4-1 in his past five overall. They're also 5-2 in the past seven vs. LHP, and 6-1 in the past seven inside the division.

Weather Report

Wind will be a factor all over MLB on Saturday. The Red Sox and Orioles will experience winds blowing 11-14 mph to straightaway center field at Camden Yards. The same holds true right down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Nationals Park, as the Diamondbacks and Nats have a stiff 11-14 mph wind blowing out to center as well.

It will be the opposite for the Royals and Twins at Target Field, as they face winds out of straightaway center field blowing into the batters' face at 10-13 mph. The Cardinals and Mets will see a 13-16 mph jetstream blowing out to straightaway center, while the Rangers and Reds see a wind blowing across the field from first to third base at 10-13 mph.

In Detroit, a light rain or drizzle will be falling. It doesn't sound too ominous, but the forecast does call for a 60 percent or greater chance of light precipitation. The Yankees and White Sox will also see a 50 percent chance of light precipitation for their battle.

Sunday, June 16

In matinee action in Motown, the Indians roll out RHP Trevor Bauer against Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull. The Indians have had a power outage when 'Bauer Outage' is on the bump lately, going 1-4 in his past five outings, and 0-4 in his past four starts against division opponents. Cleveland enters the weekend 4-10 in the previous 14 vs. RHP, too. The Tigers haven't been much better for Turnbull, going 1-5 in the past six starts overall, and 1-5 in the past six at Comerica, too. Detroit has been handcuffed by Bauer in the past, too, going just 1-4 in his past five starts against them.  The under is 4-0 in Bauer's past four road starts againts the Tigers, too, while going 4-0 in his past four outings against them overall, too.

The Royals roll with RHP Jakob Junis against LHP Martin Perez and the Twins at Target Field in the series finale. Kansas City has managed just a 2-5 mark over the past seven starts by Junis, while going 3-11 in his past 14 while working on four days of rest and 1-4 in his past five against winning teams, too. They're also 4-10 in his past 14 on the road. It's the complete opposite for the Twins, as are most of their trends as opposed to the Royals. Minnesota is 6-1 over Perez's past seven against teams with a losing record, while going 7-3 in his past 10 starts overall.

The Cubs and Dodgers wrap up their series on national television on Sunday night, and it's LHP Jose Quintana and LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu squaring off. Chicago is just 3-9 over his past 12 starts on the road, and 0-4 in Q's past four outings overall. In the past seven on the road vs. LHP the Cubs have won just twice, too. The Dodgers are 6-1 over Ryu's past seven outings, and 39-16 in his past 55 outings at home. He doesn't flash with lightning velocity, but he is crafty and manages to miss quite a few bats. They're also 5-0 across his past five home outings against winning teams, too, and L.A. is 23-5 in the past 28 overall at home against teams with a winning overall mark.

Weather Report

On Sunday, the Red Sox and O's do it again with winds blowing out to the right-center field power alley at 11-14 mph. The Cardinals and Mets also see a stiff 10-13 mph wind gusting to center.

It will be wet and humid for the Rangers-Reds series finale, with as much as a 60 percent chance of rain during the game. It will tail off by 5 p.m. ET, so expect them to get it in, especially since these interleague teams won't meet again this season and a reschedule is a hassle in those cases. All other venues look good, with no rain and/or wind concerns.


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