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Weekend Watch

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Saturday, June 22
The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies battle at Citizens Bank Park in Saturday matinee action at 4:05 p.m. ET. These teams will face a stiff wind from 10-13 mph blowing in from left field to first base, knocking the ball down off the bats of right-handed power hitters.

RHP Elieser Hernandez takes the ball for the Fish, and while he is 0-2 through 13 2/3 innings, he has a respectable 3.95 ERA with 13 strikeouts and just two walks with a .293 opponent on-base percentage. That includes a quality start last time out in St. Louis when he allowed just two runs - one earned - and five hits in a 101-pitch outing over six innings in a no-decision. The Marlins have provided him with just one total run of offensive support over his two starts. Over his two starts he has a 0.71 groundball-to-flyball ratio, so that's something that could get him into trouble at a bandbox like 'The Vault'.

 The Phillies counter with RHP Vince Velasquez, who is 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 42 innings. He has gotten himself into trouble with walks, issuing 21 free passes with a .353 on-base percentage against. While he is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA at home this season, he has a 7.30 ERA in 12 1/3 innings with a 0-2 record in day appearances. His start isn't expected to last very long, as he has been operating in relief role until June 16 in Atlanta, just one of seven starts over 17 appearances.

The Marlins are just 14-37 over the past 51 road games vs. RHP, and they're 0-7 in the past seven starts by Hernandez, including 0-6 in his past six against teams with a winning record. For the Phillies, they're in a five-game slide, including 0-5 in the past five divisional games, but they are 6-1 over Velasquez's past seven home outings. They're also 4-0 in Velasquez's past four home outings against Miami, and 5-1 in his past six overall against the Marlins. The under is 5-1 in the past six meetings, and 4-1 in the past five at Citizens Bank Park.

The Astros are skidding, and they will face a tall order against RHP Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium at 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX. Houston has dropped six in a row, and they're 0-5 in the past five on the road, too. They turn to LHP Wade Miley to change their fortunes, and they're 8-3 over Miley's past 11 starts, including 5-2 over his past seven against winning teams.

The Yankees have managed to win 36 of Tanaka's past 52 stats, and they're 40-17 across the past 57 games. In addition, they're 5-1 in the past six against AL West clubs, and 45-14 in the past 59 at home against teams with a winning overall road mark. Interestingly, the Yankees are just 2-6 in the past eight outings by Tanaka against the 'Stros.

If you're playing the total, the under is 4-1 in Houston's past five, and 4-1 in the past five road outings, too. The under is also 5-1 in Miley's past six overall, and 4-0 in his past four against teams with a winning overall mark. Fort he Yankees, the over is 4-0 in the past four home games vs. LHP, and 9-4 in the past 13 overall.

The Rockies turn to RHP Peter Lambert to stay hot. They're 17-8 in the past 25 games overall, and 7-3 in the past 10 against left-handed starting pitchers. They're also 6-2 in the past eight against winning teams, while going 10-3 in the past 13 inside the division.

For the Dodgers, they're red hot at home, going 40-12 in the past 52 games at Chavez Ravine, while going 40-13 in the past 53 inside the division. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the ball looking to stay hot, too. They're 7-1 across his past eight outings, and 40-16 in his past 56 appearances at home. They're also 4-0 in the past four against teams with a winning record, and a ridiculous 10-1 in the past 11 starts inside the division.

Weather Report

Wind will be the story for the Twins-Royals afternoon battle at Kauffman Stadium. It will be hot, with temps hovering around 100 degrees. The winds will be blowing out from 12-15 mph to left field.

It's the opposite story for the Mets-Cubs battle at Wrigley, with the wind blowing in from right field at 11-14 mph. As mentioned, the wind will also be blowing in for Marlins-Phillies (see above), while the wind blows at 12-15 mph from left to right at Fenway for the Blue Jays-Red Sox afternoon battle.

In evening action, the Astros-Yankees will face 10-13 mph winds blowing left to right across the diamond, while the White Sox-Rangers see a wind howling in from right-center field into the face of the batters at 16-19 mph, likely keeping run totals down.

Sunday, June 23

In Sunday's series finale, the Astros roll out RHP Justin Verlander against Yankees LHP JA Happ. The Astros have won 21 of Verlander's past 26 road outings, and they're 9-4 in his past 13 against teams with a winning overall mark. They're also 37-15 in the past 52 road outings vs. LHP, and 36-17 in the past 53 overall against southpaws. Houston is also 8-1 in the past nine road outings by Verlander against teams with a winning overall mark.

For the Yankees, they're 7-2 in their past nine games on a Sunday. More importantly, they're 69-27 in the past 96 at home against right-handed starting pitchers, and 37-15 in the past 52 overall vs. RHP. They're also 4-0 in Happ's past four starts at home, and 20-7 in his past 27 overall while going a perfect 8-0 in the past eight overall when working on four days of rest. They're also 8-2 in his past 10 against teams with a winning overall mark.

The under is also 11-3 in the past 14 starts by Verlander, and 6-2 in his past eight road outings while going 8-1 in the past nine against teams with a winning overall mark. The under is 4-0 in Happ's past four at home, 4-0-1 in the past five overall and 5-1 in his past six at home vs. winning teams, while the under is 5-1 in New York's past six at home against righties, too.

In the final game of the day, the Halos and Cardinals wrap up their interleague series, the first return of Albert Pujols to St. Louis. He was greeted warmly in the series opener on Friday, but the Cards treated the Halos rudely in that one.

LHP Tyler Skaggs works for the Angels against RHP Miles Mikolas. The Angels are 8-2 in the past 10 starts by Skaggs when working on four days of rest, 9-3 in the past 12 road outings against winning teams and 4-0 in his past four overall against teams with a winning overall mark. The Angels are also 5-2 in the past seven vs. RHP.

For Mikolas, the Cardinals are an impressive 16-4 in his past 20 starts when he receives five days of rest, while going 12-4 across his past 16 at home. However, they're just 2-5 over his past seven overall. The Cards are also a dismal 1-4 in the past five interleague games vs. LHP, while going 9-23 in the past 32 interleague home games against southpaws. 

Weather Report

On Sunday, the early games will see variable winds and no precipitation, so enjoy!

The rains should clear out for the Twins-Royals finale at Kauffman Stadium, but the winds will be gusting 12-15 mph to left-center field. The Mets and Cubs will be racing against the clock, as the rains are expected to blow in during the mid innings. The wind will also be blowing, up to 11-14 mph to left field.

For the second straight day, the White Sox and Rangers will be facing stiff winds from 16-19 mph  blowing in from right field to home plate. Lastly, the Sunday night game might be slightly delayed, as there is a 40 percent chance of rain at first pitch. However, the rains are supposed to move out by 7 p.m. ET, down to 15 percent, so expect the game to be played.


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