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Thursday, Aug. 22
The Nationals will use RHP Max Scherzer against the Pirates and LHP Steven Brault on Thursday evening in the Steel City. The over has connected in four of the past five for the Nationals, and the over is 4-1 in their past five against National League Central Division foes, too. However, with Scherzer on the hill, the under is 6-2-1 across his past nine outings, while going 3-0-1 in the past four road outings. The under has also cashed in 15 of the past 22 road contests while going 4-1 in the past five against a left-handed starting pitcher, and 4-1-1 in the past six starts by Scherzer against a team with a losing record. The under has also connected in seven of the past 10 meetings in this series.
For the Pirates, it's been all over all the time lately. The over is 33-15-3 across their past 51 games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, while going 7-2 in the past nine at home against teams with a winning road record. The over is also 24-10-2 in the past 36 at home against a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has connected in six of the past seven against NL East goes, while going 4-1 in the past five against a starting pitcher with a WHIP under 1.15. The over is 5-2-1 in the past eight starts at home by Brault, while going 3-0-1 in his past four outings against NL East clubs.
The Marlins and Braves battle at SunTrust Park with All-Star RHPs Sandy Alcantara and Mike Soroka locking horns again. These two pitchers battled on Aug. 10 in Miami with the over connecting in a 7-6 Braves victory. The over is 10-3-2 across the past 15 outings for the Marlins against teams with a winning overall record, while goiing 10-4-2 in the past 16 vs. RHP. However, the under is 4-1 in Miami's past five overall, 4-1-1 in the past six road outings against a right-hander. The under is also 3-1-1 in the past five road outings by Alcantara, too.
For the Braves, the under has hit in four in a row, including Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the Marlins. The under is also 4-0 in the past four at SunTrust Park, while going 3-1-2 in the past six inside the division. However, the over is 5-1 in Soroka's past six home outiings while going 5-2-1 in his past eight contests against a team with a losing overall mark. The under is 9-1-1 in the past 11 meetings between these teams in Atlanta, although the over is 4-0 in the past four starts by Soroka against the Marlins. As an added bonus, the Marlins have won just five of the past 26 trips to Atlanta, while going 16-39 in the past 55 meetings overall.
The Yankees and Athletics wrap up their series in the Bay Area, as RHP Masahiro Tanaka battles RHP Tanner Roark. This will be the fourth start for Roark since joining the A's after a trade from the Reds at the MLB trade deadline. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of the past three starts while the 'under' is a perfect 3-0 during the span. The under is 3-1-1 in Oakland's past five outings while going 3-1-1 in the past five at home and 7-3 in the past 10 at home vs. RHP. The under is 12-3-1 in the past 16 during Game 3 of a series, too.
For the Yanks, the under is 5-0 in Tanaka's past five outings against the A's. However, the over is 23-8-1 in the past 32 games overall for the Yankees, and 5-2-1 in the past eight vs. RHP. The over is also 12-4-1 in New York's past 17 against teams with a winning record, including 4-0 in Tanaka's past four on the road against winning teams. The over is 34-14-3 in the past 51 road outings vs. RHP. The over has also been an impressive 26-6-2 in the past 34 road contests for the Yankees against teams with a winning overall mark.
Winds will be gusting in at 11-14 mph from right field into the face of the batters in Thursday's afternoon battle between the Giants and Cubs at Wrigley Field. On the south side of Chicago, the Rangers and White Sox will also experience 11-14 mph winds blowing in, but they'll be coming from the left-center field power alley to home plate at Guaranteed Rate Field. Outside of those two games, the winds will be light and variable with no positive or negative factors.
Friday, Aug. 23
The Braves and Mets will have a battle of RHPs when Mike Foltynewicz and Jacob deGrom lock horns. The over is 4-1-1 in the past six starts by Foltynewicz, while going 3-0-1 in his past four inside the NL East. In addition, the over is 6-2 in Folty'z past eight on the road against winning teams and 12-4-1 in his past 17 in Game 1 of a new series. The over is 4-1-1 in deGrom's past six outings at home, including 3-1-1 in his past five at home against a team with a winning overall mark. The over is 9-1-1 in deGrom's past 11 inside the division, too. However, the under is 5-0-1 in deGrom's past six aat home against the Braves, while going 6-2-1 across his past nine overall vs. Atlanta.
The Red Sox use LHP Eduardo Rodriguez against the Padres and RHP Chris Paddack. The over has connected in 13 of the past 16 road outings by Rodriguez, while going 9-2 in the past 11 in Game 1 of a new series. While the over is 20-7 across the past 27 starts overall, and 8-2 in the past 10 against teams against teams with a losing record. The under is 10-3 in his past 13 interleague starts, however, while going 5-1-1 in the past seven interleague road games overall for Boston against a team with a losing record.
As far as Paddack is concerned, the over has hit in each of his past four outings, while going 4-0 in his past four at home, too. The over is 34-16-2 in the past 52 interleague home games for San Diego, while going 18-7-2 in the past 27 against the AL East. The under is 10-4 in the past 14 games for the Padres against a left-handed starter, while the over is 5-2-1 in the past eight home games vs. LHP and 13-3 in the past 16 interleague home contests vs. LHP. The under is 8-1 in the past nine meetings in San Diego, while going 6-1 in the previous seven meetings.
RHP Trent Thornton pitches for the Blue Jays against LHP Justus Sheffield of the Mariners. The over has hit in each of the past seven road starts by Thornton, while going 8-3 in his past 11 games overall. The over is also 4-0 in Game 1 of a new set for Thornton. The over is 16-7-1 in the past 24 games overall for the Mariners against AL East teams while going 20-7-2 in the past 29 at home vs. RHP.
On Friday afternoon, the Nationals and Cubs will face a stiff 11-14 mph wind blowing in directly from center field to home plate at Wrigley Field. The Rangers and White Sox will tussle at Guaranteed Rate Field with winds blowing 11-14 mph from left to right. Chicago will be the only trouble spot in MLB, as far as the winds are concerned.