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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018

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Betting news, trends, odds and predictions for Sunday, April 22, 2018 from various handicappers and websites
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Preview: Indians at Orioles
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Apr 21, 2018

Corey Kluber won his second American League Cy Young Award in four years in 2017 and is off to an outstanding start this season, but he'll have a tough time matching Saturday's performance by teammate Mike Clevinger. Kluber takes the mound for the rubber match of the three-game series at the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday trying to duplicate Clevinger's two-hit shutout.

Kluber has surrendered only five earned run through his first four starts, striking out 33 and walking only six in 29 2/3 innings. After scoring one run in each of its last two games, Cleveland halted the mini-skid by clubbing three solo home runs in Saturday's 4-0 win, including one by Jose Ramirez as part of a 3-for-4 day. Baltimore lost for the seventh time in eight games and was without left fielder Trey Mancini, who had a two-run double before hurting his knee in the series opener. "I’m hoping the next day or two he’s moving toward getting back in the lineup," Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters. "We’ll see. He’s pretty sore today."

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Corey Kluber (2-1, 1.52 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Andrew Cashner (1-2, 3.00)

Kluber made it 4-for-4 in quality starts last time out against the Minnesota Twins in Puerto Rico, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. He was dominant in his previous turn, overpowering the Detroit with 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Kluber faced the Orioles once last year and breezed through the lineup with a three-hit shutout, striking out 11.

Cashner lost his season opener at Minnesota, giving up five runs -- four earned -- over five innings, but he has rattled off three straight quality starts since, beginning with six innings of one-run ball at Yankee Stadium on April 5. He tossed seven scoreless innings in a no-decision versus Toronto and yielded three runs in six innings in a loss at Detroit last time out. Yonder Alonso is 3-for-7 with three RBIs against Cashner.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles SS Manny Machado had one of the team's two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine.

2. Indians LF Michael Brantley has hit safely in six in a row, though his string of multiple-hit games ended at five.

3. Orioles closer Zach Britton (torn Achilles) went through fielding drills Saturday for the first time since the injury.

PREDICTION: Indians 3, Orioles 2
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Umpire Trends - John Tumpane

Home team is 7-1 in Tumpanes last 8 games behind home plate vs. Baltimore.
Home team is 5-1 in Tumpanes last 6 games behind home plate.
Home team is 4-1 in Tumpanes last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Cleveland.
Under is 4-1 in Tumpanes last 5 games behind home plate vs. Cleveland.
Over is 4-1 in Tumpanes last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Cleveland.
Over is 6-2 in Tumpanes last 8 Sunday games behind home plate.
Home team is 8-3 in Tumpanes last 11 games behind home plate vs. Cleveland.
Under is 5-2-1 in Tumpanes last 8 games behind home plate.
Indians are 1-4 in their last 5 games with Tumpane behind home plate.
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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018 4 weeks 1 day ago #481053

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Preview: Blue Jays at Yankees
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Apr 21, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton can take all the time he needs to find consistency at the plate as long as Aaron Judge keeps raking. Judge will try to lead the New York Yankees to a series win when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a four-game series on Sunday.

Judge bashed his sixth home run to highlight a 2-for-4 outing with three RBIs and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-1 triumph - his second homer of the series and the fifth time in the last 10 games that he recorded multiple hits. Stanton snapped an 11-game homer drought with a blast on Friday but could not keep the momentum going as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Saturday to drop his batting average to .195. The Blue Jays managed only four hits on Saturday in a rare poor performance offensively as first baseman Justin Smoak, who leads the team with 12 RBIs, received his first day off after starting the first 19 contests. Toronto could find hits hard to come by again on Sunday against New York ace Luis Severino, who opposes lefty Jaime Garcia.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Sportsnet (Toronto), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Luis Severino (3-1, 2.63)

Garcia got eight full days off between starts due to weather issues before finally toeing the rubber against Kansas City on Tuesday, and he earned a win by limiting the Royals to three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. The Mexico native has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing and owns 17 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. Garcia, who made eight starts for New York last season and was with the team in the playoffs, is making his first career start against the Yankees.

Severino bounced back from his first loss with a dominating effort against the Miami Marlins on Monday, when he struck out eight and yielded one hit across six scoreless innings. The Dominican Republic native was ripped for five runs in as many innings and eight hits in Boston on April 10 but yielded a total of two runs and seven hits over 19 innings in his other three turns. Severino started at Toronto on Opening Day and struck out seven while allowing one hit in 5 2/3 frames to earn the win.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis (foot) sat out his second consecutive game on Saturday and is day-to-day.

2. New York 3B Miguel Andujar is 9-for-20 with six runs scored and six RBIs over the last five games.

3. Toronto OF Teoscar Hernandez went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts on Saturday after driving in seven runs over the previous three contests.

PREDICTION: Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1
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Umpire Trends - Tom Woodring

Yankees are 7-1 in their last 8 games with Woodring behind home plate.
Over is 5-1 in Woodrings last 6 Sunday games behind home plate vs. New York.
Home team is 4-1 in Woodrings last 5 Sunday games behind home plate.
Home team is 4-1 in Woodrings last 5 games behind home plate.
Road team is 4-1 in Woodrings last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. New York.
Over is 4-1 in Woodrings last 5 games behind home plate vs. New York.
Over is 6-2 in Woodrings last 8 Sunday games behind home plate.
Over is 20-8-2 in Woodrings last 30 games behind home plate.
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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018 4 weeks 1 day ago #481054

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Preview: Twins at Rays
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Apr 22, 2018

The Tampa Bay Rays are starting to warm up with the bats and the victories are piling up as they go for a three-game sweep of the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon after scoring 18 times in the first two contests. Veteran Denard Span boasts six RBIs during the series and 17 in 17 games this season for the Rays while C.J. Cron belted a pair of two-run homers on Saturday in a 10-1 victory - their third straight and fourth in the last five outings.

“We’re not going to score 10 runs every game. Nobody does. … But we’ve got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark, we’ve got guys who can hit doubles and we should - in theory - have some guys that complement them and spray the ball all over the diamond,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash told reporters. Rookie Yonny Chirinos, who was officially named the team’s No. 4 starter Saturday, will get the ball Sunday, while fellow right-hander Phil Hughes makes his season debut for the Twins. Minnesota, which gave up eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings Saturday while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position overall, has lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season. Brian Dozier has hit safely in all 15 games for the Twins, tying the franchise record for a hitting streak to start a season set by Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1994) and Josh Willingham (2012).

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Phil Hughes (2017: 4-3, 5.87 ERA) vs. Rays RH Yonny Chirinos (0-1, 2.70)

Hughes was placed on the disabled list to start the season with a strained left oblique and returns to the rotation after two strong rehab appearances, allowing three runs over 10 innings. The California native, who was limited to 20 starts and 26 outings the previous two years due to injuries, struck out nine and walked just one in the two starts for Single-A Fort Myers earlier this month. Carlos Gomez is 2-for-6 with a double against Hughes, who is 5-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 appearances (13 starts) versus the Rays.

Chirinos did not give up a run in his first three major-league appearances (two starts) this season before getting rocked in his fourth against Texas on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old Venezuelan yielded six runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings versus the Rangers, but he has 15 strikeouts versus five free passes in 20 frames overall. Chirinos, who went 12-5 with a 2.74 ERA with Triple-A Durham last season, allowed just seven hits combined in his first two starts with the Rays.

WALK-OFFS

1. Twins OF Eddie Rosario has hit safely in 14 of 16 career contests against the Rays (20-for-53) and is 8-for-26 during a current six-game hitting streak overall.

2. Tampa Bay SS Adeiny Hechavarria has not committed an error in 69 straight contests and is 9-for-18 during a current five-game hitting streak.

3. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer is 0-for-8 in the series after hitting .364 with 12 walks in his first 12 games this season.

PREDICTION: Rays 6, Twins 4
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Umpire Trends - Quinn Wolcott

Home team is 4-0 in Wolcotts last 4 games behind home plate vs. Tampa Bay.
Over is 6-1 in Wolcotts last 7 Sunday games behind home plate.
Over is 4-1 in Wolcotts last 5 games behind home plate vs. Tampa Bay.
Home team is 8-3 in Wolcotts last 11 games behind home plate vs. Minnesota.
Home team is 5-2 in Wolcotts last 7 games behind home plate.
Under is 5-2 in Wolcotts last 7 games behind home plate vs. Minnesota.
Home team is 11-5 in Wolcotts last 16 Sunday games behind home plate.
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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018 4 weeks 1 day ago #481055

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Preview: Royals at Tigers
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Apr 21, 2018

After watching their lineup held in check during a series-opening doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers' boom-or-bust offense broke out in a 12-4 rout Saturday. Already assured of no worst than a split in the four-game set, the resurgent Tigers go for their sixth win in seven games against the visiting Royals in Sunday's series finale.

Nicholas Castellanos was a triple shy of the cycle and drove in three runs Saturday for Detroit, which has scored at least six runs nine times but has been limited to one run or fewer on six occasions. Shortstop José Iglesias matched Castellanos by going 3-for-5 as the Tigers piled up 16 hits after they were limited to 11 in the doubleheader. The Royals failed in their bid to win back-to-back games for the first time after snapping a nine-game losing streak in the nightcap of Friday's twin bill. Kansas City's bullpen entered the series with a major league-worst 7.94 ERA and showed why by allowing six runs on six hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings Saturday.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Eric Skoglund (0-2, 9.31 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.55)

Skoglund has labored through his first two starts, primarily due to his lack of success against right-handed hitters, who are batting a robust .382 against him. He was tagged for five runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings in his season debut against Seattle before allowing five runs and eight hits over five innings at Toronto on Tuesday. Skoglund won his only start against Detroit with 6 1/3 scoreless innings last season.

Liriano makes his fourth start of the season and his second against the Royals, having beaten them in his season debut with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. He turned in another quality start in his next outing but took the loss despite six innings of two-run ball before beating Baltimore last time out by yielding two runs in five innings. Liriano is 8-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 20 career appearances (17 starts) versus the Royals.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera is 8-for-16 in his last five games.

2. Royals CF Abraham Almonte is 5-for-10 during a three-game hitting streak.

3. Tigers RHP Warwick Saupold earned his first career save Saturday with 2 1/3 perfect innings.

PREDICTION: Tigers 5, Royals 4
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Umpire Trends - Kerwin Danley

Road team is 4-0 in Danleys last 4 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Detroit.
Home team is 14-3 in Danleys last 17 games behind home plate vs. Kansas City.
Home team is 4-1 in Danleys last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Kansas City.
Home team is 10-3 in Danleys last 13 games behind home plate vs. Detroit.
Under is 6-2 in Danleys last 8 games behind home plate.
Under is 19-7 in Danleys last 26 games behind home plate vs. Kansas City.
Under is 10-4 in Danleys last 14 games behind home plate vs. Detroit.
Under is 19-8 in Danleys last 27 Sunday games behind home plate.
Royals are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games with Danley behind home plate.
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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018 4 weeks 1 day ago #481056

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Preview: Mets at Braves
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Apr 22, 2018

It is only 20 games, but the Atlanta Braves are making quite the impression in the National League East entering the finale of a four-game home series Sunday against the New York Mets. The Braves, who have suffered three consecutive 90-loss seasons, rallied from a 3-0 eighth-inning deficit on Saturday by scoring a pair of runs in each of the final two frames to topple their division rival 4-3 and boost their record to 12-8.

Atlanta, which started the day leading the NL in runs scored and batting average, finished with just eight hits - four coming in the final two innings, including Ender Inciarte’s bunt single to score Johan Camargo with the game-winning run. The Mets received two hits and two RBIs from second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, raising his average to .354 and giving him nine RBIs in 12 career games at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. The Mets have dropped five of their past eight games after starting the season 11-1. New York closer Jeurys Familia, who is second in the majors with eight saves, could not close out the four-out save.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), FS South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. Braves RH Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.53)

Wheeler has touched 97 mph with his fastball while reporting no health issues through two starts, an encouraging sign given he struggled with injuries last season and he missed all of 2015 and 2016 after Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old held Miami to two hits and one run with seven strikeouts in seven outstanding innings April 11, then followed six days later with a loss to Washington after giving up three runs on seven this with three walks across six innings. Wheeler is 4-2 lifetime against Atlanta with a 2.94 ERA, but has not faced the Braves since 2014.

Foltynewicz has increased usage of his slider through four starts (26.3 percent, compared to 21.2 percent a season ago) and the results have been positive, as he has not allowed more than two earned runs in a start while striking out seven or more in three of four outings. The 26-year-old walked a season-high four hitters in six innings Tuesday against Philadelphia, but surrendered just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in a no-decision. Foltynewicz, who has topped 100 pitches in each of his past two outings, is 0-1 in three career appearances against the Mets with a 10.45 ERA and six homers allowed in 10 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Braves LHP Jesse Biddle earned the victory in his major league debut Saturday, pitching a scoreless ninth.

2. New York optioned RHP Gerson Bautista to Double-A Binghamton before Saturday’s game, recalling RHP Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas.

3. The Braves made a pitching transaction for the third consecutive day, designating for assignment RHP Josh Ravin - who took the loss Friday - and promoting RHP Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Gwinnett.

PREDICTION: Braves 4, Mets 3
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Umpire Trends - Gerry Davis

Braves are 7-0 in their last 7 games with Davis behind home plate.
Home team is 5-0 in Davis' last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. New York.
Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games with Davis behind home plate.
Road team is 6-2 in Davis' last 8 games behind home plate vs. Atlanta.
Under is 5-2 in Davis' last 7 Sunday games behind home plate.
Under is 5-2-1 in Davis' last 8 games behind home plate.
Home team is 18-8 in Davis' last 26 games behind home plate vs. New York.
Mets are 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games with Davis behind home plate.
Mets are 1-7 in their last 8 games with Davis behind home plate.
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Preview: Pirates at Phillies
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Apr 21, 2018

The Pittsburgh Pirates began the season 11-4 but have since seen their offense go very cold during a stretch of five losses in six games. The Pirates will try to string together some hits and avoid a four-game sweep when they visit the Philadelphia Phillies for the series finale on Sunday.

Pittsburgh scored two or fewer runs in each of its last five losses and totaled three runs in dropping the first three games to the Phillies. The Pirates finally got some production from the top third of the lineup on Saturday as Sean Rodriguez, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte combined to go 4-for-12, but those three also accounted for five of the team's 11 strikeouts. The Phillies improved to 8-1 at home with Saturday's 6-2 triumph, moving six games over .500 behind a thriving pitching staff and a young offense led by Rhys Hoskins - who homered and drove in four runs on Saturday. Philadelphia will try to polish off the sweep behind right-hander Nick Pivetta while the Pirates counter with Trevor Williams.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (3-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49)

Williams absorbed his first loss last time out, when he was reached for two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings against the Colorado Rockies in a 2-0 setback. The 25-year-old, who worked six hitless innings in his first start on April 1 at Detroit, has yet to allow more than two earned runs in an outing. Williams lost his only start against Philadelphia last season, surrendering three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 frames.

Pivetta is rolling along as well and allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last three turns. The Canada native did not factor in the decision in either of his last two turns despite holding the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves to a total of three runs in 12 frames and owns 21 strikeouts with just two walks in 21 2/3 total innings. Pivetta is making his first career start against the Phillies.

WALK-OFFS

1. Phillies CF Odubel Herrera reached base safely in 22 straight games dating back to last season.

2. Pittsburgh RHP Kyle Crick has yet to allow a run in four appearances covering 3 2/3 innings.

3. Philadelphia 1B Carlos Santana scored a pair of runs on Saturday but is batting .159.

PREDICTION: Phillies 5, Pirates 1
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Umpire Trends - Nic Lentz

Road team is 7-0 in Lentzs last 7 Sunday games behind home plate.
Over is 4-0 in Lentzs last 4 games behind home plate.
Under is 4-0 in Lentzs last 4 games behind home plate vs. Philadelphia.
Home team is 6-0 in Lentzs last 6 games behind home plate vs. Philadelphia.
Under is 4-1 in Lentzs last 5 Sunday games behind home plate.
Road team is 7-2 in Lentzs last 9 games behind home plate.
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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday, April 22, 2018 4 weeks 1 day ago #481058

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Preview: Astros at White Sox
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Apr 22, 2018

The Houston Astros ended last season as World Series champions, but they struggled to figure out the riddle of the 67-win Chicago White Sox along the way. The Astros are having no such problem with the White Sox in 2018, however, and attempt to keep rolling Sunday as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep in Chicago.

Houston dropped four of its six meetings with Chicago last year, managing a total of only 16 runs against a pitching staff that finished third-to-last in the American League in ERA. The Astros opened this series against the White Sox on Friday with a 10-0 rout and cruised to a 10-1 victory a day later as Josh Reddick homered twice and drove in five runs to back a strong six-inning effort from Dallas Keuchel. While Houston has outscored the opposition 40-5 during its five-game winning streak, Chicago has been pummeled 54-15 (11 of which came in one game) during its six-game slide and has dropped 11 of 12 overall. The recently acquired Trayce Thompson proved to be the only bright spot of another dismal offensive performance for the White Sox, belting a solo homer in the fifth inning to avoid what would have been their fourth shutout loss of the season.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston), WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 5.57 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 1.42)

McCullers recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in a victory on Tuesday, as Robinson Cano's first-inning solo homer was the only offense Seattle could muster against him in seven frames. The former All-Star, who has fanned 34 across 21 innings, was coming off a rough outing at Minnesota in which he was pounded for eight runs in 3 2/3 frames. McCullers hasn't faced Chicago since doing so twice as a rookie in 2015, when he went 0-1 despite posting a 3.18 ERA.

Lopez's mostly dominant start to the season continued to go unrewarded Monday in Oakland, as he took the loss despite giving up two runs and four hits while striking out 10 across six innings. The 24-year-old Dominican has given up only three runs and eight hits while fanning 21 over 19 frames, but his 11 walks rank as the second-highest total in the AL for any pitcher with three or fewer starts. Right-handed batters are hitting .071 versus Lopez, who will face Houston for the first time in his career.

WALK-OFFS

1. White Sox RHP Danny Farquhar, who was rushed to the hospital after passing out in the dugout on Friday, is in stable but critical condition after being diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage.

2. Reddick is the first Astro to hit two grand slams in the same calendar month since Hall-of-Famer Jeff Bagwell accomplished the feat in May 2001.

3. Chicago is in danger of becoming the first team since the 1929 Philadelphia Phillies to give up double-digit run totals in five consecutive games.

PREDICTION: Astros 5, White Sox 2
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Umpire Trends - Manny Gonzalez

Over is 7-1 in Gonzalezs last 8 Sunday games behind home plate.
Road team is 13-3 in Gonzalezs last 16 Sunday games behind home plate.
Over is 6-2-2 in Gonzalezs last 10 games behind home plate vs. Houston.
Home team is 9-3 in Gonzalezs last 12 games behind home plate vs. Houston.
Over is 46-18-4 in Gonzalezs last 68 games behind home plate.
White Sox are 0-5 in their last 5 games with Gonzalez behind home plate.
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review: Marlins at Brewers
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Apr 22, 2018

Less than 24 hours after rallying from a deficit to post their fifth consecutive victory, the Milwaukee Brewers attempt to complete a sweep of their four-game series against the visiting Miami Marlins on Sunday. Milwaukee trailed by as many as four runs early on Saturday evening but scored in the fifth and eighth innings to forge a tie before Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat by belting a leadoff homer off Junichi Tazawa in the ninth.

The 6-5 triumph was a bit of a departure for the Brewers, who allowed a total of three runs over the first four games of a winning streak that features three shutouts. Travis Shaw has gone 5-for-8 in the series, scoring five runs and going deep in each of the last two contests. Starlin Castro collected three hits while Lewis Brinson launched a three-run shot for the Marlins, who have lost 13 of their last 16 games. Brinson also homered twice in the series opener against the team from which he was acquired in the deal for Christian Yelich in January.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Miami), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins LH Caleb Smith (0-2, 6.89 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Junior Guerra (1-0, 0.82)

Smith is hoping to solve his problems on the road, where he has surrendered eight runs on seven hits and a whopping 11 walks over only 5 1/3 innings in two starts - both losses. The Sam Houston State product lasted on 2 1/3 frames against the Yankees in New York on Monday as he was tagged for five runs on five hits and as many walks. Smith, who remains in search of his first major-league victory despite making 13 appearances (six starts), will be facing Milwaukee for the first time in his career.

Guerra has been superb in two starts since being recalled from the minors, allowing one run and five hits with 11 strikeouts across 11 innings. The 33-year-old Venezuelan settled for a no-decision against Cincinnati on Tuesday despite giving up just one hit over 5 2/3 scoreless frames. Guerra, who already has matched his win total over 21 games last season, is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in one start and one relief appearance against Miami.

WALK-OFFS

1. Brewers SS Orlando Arcia missed Saturday's game after rolling his ankle the previous night and is day-to-day.

2. Miami RHP Dan Straily (forearm) is expected to make the third start of his rehab assignment - and first for Double-A Jacksonville - on Tuesday.

3. Milwaukee, which is 5-1 on its seven-game homestand, has scored a total of 26 runs over the first three games of the series.

PREDICTION: Brewers 7, Marlins 3
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Umpire Trends - Bruce Dreckman

Under is 4-0 in Dreckmans last 4 Sunday games behind home plate.
Home team is 5-0 in Dreckmans last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Milwaukee.
Under is 5-0 in Dreckmans last 5 games behind home plate vs. Milwaukee.
Under is 6-0 in Dreckmans last 6 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Milwaukee.
Under is 14-3 in Dreckmans last 17 games behind home plate.
Brewers are 4-1 in their last 5 games with Dreckman behind home plate.
Over is 8-2 in Dreckmans last 10 games behind home plate vs. Miami.
Road team is 8-3 in Dreckmans last 11 games behind home plate vs. Miami.
Home team is 7-3 in Dreckmans last 10 games behind home plate.
Home team is 9-4 in Dreckmans last 13 Sunday games behind home plate.
Home team is 11-5 in Dreckmans last 16 games behind home plate vs. Milwaukee.
Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 games with Dreckman behind home plate.
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Preview: Reds at Cardinals
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Apr 22, 2018

The St. Louis Cardinals have taken advantage of the dismal Cincinnati Reds in the first month of the season en route to the early lead in the National League Central. The Cardinals will aim for their second sweep of the Reds in the past 11 days - the first being a four-gamer - when the teams finish a three-game set in St. Louis on Sunday.

Yadier Molina's solo homer in the seventh inning snapped a tie and the Cardinals escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth in Saturday's 4-3 triumph, their 10th straight victory between the divisional foes. Six of those wins have come in 2018 and the Reds are averaging just 2.5 runs in their matchups this season. Cincinnati slugger Joey Votto drew four walks in Saturday's loss but is 1-for-15 against St. Louis pitching this year after hitting .418 with six homers and 17 RBIs versus the Cardinals last season. Votto is hitless in three career at-bats against St. Louis right-hander Miles Mikolas, who gets the start in the series finale opposite Luis Castillo for the Reds.

TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, FS Ohio (Cincinnati), FS Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Luis Castillo (1-2, 6.75 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (2-0, 4.26)

Castillo helped Cincinnati snap an eight-game slide by allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 10-4 victory at Milwaukee. He struck out eight batters and has 119 punchouts in 112 innings in the majors. The 25-year-old faced St. Louis once last season, limiting the Cardinals to four runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 frames despite five walks.

After giving up four runs in each of his first two starts, Mikolas buzzed through the Reds' lineup in a 6-1 victory on April 14, allowing a run and four hits across seven innings. "It's nice to kind of put that in your back pocket," Mikolas told reporters after the win. "I'll be in a good mood the next couple of days." The Florida native has an ERA of 8.00 in 19 career games (five starts) while pitching at home for San Diego, Texas and St. Louis.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cardinals OF Tommy Pham was left out of the starting lineup Saturday due to a groin issue.

2. Reds RF Jesse Winker has five hits and five walks over his last five games.

3. St. Louis SS Paul DeJong also homered Saturday and six of his 16 hits in April have left the yard.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Reds 3
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Umpire Trends - David Rackley

Over is 5-0 in Rackleys last 5 Sunday games behind home plate.
Over is 4-1-1 in Rackleys last 6 games behind home plate vs. Cincinnati.
Home team is 6-2 in Rackleys last 8 games behind home plate vs. St. Louis.
Over is 19-7 in Rackleys last 26 games behind home plate.
Home team is 5-2 in Rackleys last 7 games behind home plate.
Home team is 5-2 in Rackleys last 7 games behind home plate vs. Cincinnati.
Under is 7-3-1 in Rackleys last 11 games behind home plate vs. St. Louis.
Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 games with Rackley behind home plate.
Cardinals are 2-7 in their last 9 games with Rackley behind home plate.
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Preview: Mariners at Rangers
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Apr 22, 2018

The Seattle Mariners were stuck in neutral offensively for the better part of their recent seven-game homestand, but a trip to Texas appears to be all they need to round back into form. Riding high after a pair of late-inning surges this weekend, the Mariners seek their first sweep of the season on Sunday, when they conclude a three-game set with the host Rangers.

Seattle scored fewer than three runs in every contest during a 1-4 stretch prior to hitting the road for the first leg of a three-city, 10-game trek. However, the Mariners used a four-run surge in the ninth inning on Friday to break open a tie game en route to a 6-2 victory before receiving homers from Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger during a five-run seventh to grab the lead on Saturday and hold on for a 9-7 win. Texas has lost four of five since taking two of three from the Astros in Houston last weekend, causing it to drop into last place in the American League West. The Rangers find themselves in that position mostly due to their inability to win at home, where they are 2-10 overall and have dropped six straight.

TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Erasmo Ramirez (2017: 5-6, 4.39 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Martin Perez (1-2, 13.14)

Ramirez will make his season debut after going 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts with the club last year after being acquired from Tampa Bay in late July. The 27-year-old Nicaraguan, who has been on the disabled list since March due to a lat injury, went 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two minor-league stops during his rehab assignment. Joey Gallo is 2-for-3 with a pair of solo homers against Ramirez, who is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 15 career appearances (six starts) versus the Rangers.

Perez's spot in the rotation figures to be in jeopardy after his last two outings, including Monday's loss in Tampa Bay during which he surrendered eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks in four frames. The 27-year-old Venezuelan, who is allowing opponents to bat .455 with runners in scoring position, was even less effective six days earlier as he permitted eight runs over three innings versus the Los Angeles Angels. Perez has fared well against the Mariners in 17 career games (15 starts), however, going 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mariners DH Nelson Cruz, who played for Texas from 2006-13, homered for the 100th time at Globe Life Park on Saturday.

2. The Rangers' home ERA is a league-worst 6.64, while its 3.10 mark on the road ranks seventh in the majors.

3. Seattle has registered at least 10 hits in 11 of its last 19 meetings with Texas.

PREDICTION: Mariners 7, Rangers 4
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Preview: Cubs at Rockies
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Apr 22, 2018

The Colorado Rockies will try to earn their first series win at home this season when they host the Chicago Cubs on Sunday for the finale of their three-game set. The Rockies are 3-5 at Coors Field following Saturday's 5-2 victory that evened the series.


Colorado used a five-run inning and a strong pitching effort to even the series, as Chicago was unable to maintain the momentum on offense after posting a 16-5 victory in the opener. The Cubs continued their boom-or-bust trend at the plate – they’re averaging 9.4 runs in their nine wins and 1.8 in their nine losses. Chicago will have to try to solve German Marquez, who faced the club twice last season and recorded one victory while allowing two runs - one earned - over 11 innings. Chicago's Jose Quintana will make his third career start at Coors Field, where he is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA.

TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)


PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.16 ERA) vs. Rockies RH German Marquez (1-1, 4.34)

Quintana has been hit hard in two of his first three outings of the season, with a dominant start mixed in between. The 29-year-old Colombian lasted just 2 1/3 innings last time out against Atlanta, allowing seven runs and seven hits. He has struggled with his command, issuing 10 walks in 14 1/3 frames.

Marquez has allowed fewer than three runs in three of his four outings to begin the season. The 23-year-old Venezuelan recorded a season-high six strikeouts over six innings in a win at Pittsburgh on Monday, as he yielded two runs and two hits. Marquez walked 10 batters in his first two starts but has issued only two free passes over nine frames in his last two turns.


WALK-OFFS

1. The Cubs placed INF-OF Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with tightness in his back and recalled INF David Bote, who doubled in his first major-league at-bat, from Triple-A Iowa.

2. Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado is 5-for-8 with a homer and three RBIs since returning from his five-game suspension.

3. Chicago CF Albert Almora Jr. is 11-for-21 during his five-game hitting streak and 13-for-31 in seven contests in which he hit in the leadoff position.


PREDICTION: Rockies 6, Cubs 4
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Under is 5-0-1 in Blasers last 6 games behind home plate vs. Chicago.
Under is 5-1 in Blasers last 6 games behind home plate.
Road team is 5-1 in Blasers last 6 games behind home plate vs. Colorado.
Home team is 10-4 in Blasers last 14 games behind home plate.
Rockies are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games with Blaser behind home plate.
Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 games with Blaser behind home plate.
Rockies are 1-4 in their last 5 games with Blaser behind home plate.
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Preview: Red Sox at Athletics
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Apr 22, 2018

Considering their outstanding start this season, it was only fitting that the Boston Red Sox had their eight-game winning streak end in historic fashion. Boston looks to bounce back from being on the wrong end of a no-hitter when it visits the Oakland Athletics on Sunday for the rubber match of their three-game series.

The Red Sox struck out 10 times against Sean Manaea in Saturday's 3-0 loss as they were victims of a no-hitter for the first time since April 22, 1993, when Seattle's Chris Bosio mastered them. Boston is 4-1 on its nine-game road trip, scoring a total of 34 runs while belting 13 homers in the victories, while Oakland improved to 5-1 in its last six contests thanks to Manaea's masterpiece - the 12th no-hitter in franchise history and first since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game on May 9, 2010 against Tampa Bay. Jed Lowrie is on a tear as he has gone 15-for-32 during his seven-game hitting streak. The 34-year-old has driven in at least one run (12 total) during the string and has collected 16 RBIs over his last nine contests.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), NBCS California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Daniel Mengden (2-2, 4.50)

Price limited the Los Angeles Angels to one run despite giving up three hits and four walks in five innings on Tuesday after working just one frame against the New York Yankees in his previous turn due to a "sensation" he felt in his left hand. The 32-year-old native of Tennessee has been superb on the road this year, going 2-0 while allowing one run and striking out 11 over 12 innings in two outings. Price has made nine career starts against Oakland, going 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA.

Mengden finally broke through at home on Monday, as he held the Chicago White Sox to one run over eight innings to record his first win in 11 career decisions at Oakland Coliseum. It was the longest outing of the season for the 25-year-old Texan, who has issued only three walks in 24 frames this year. Mengden made his only career start against Boston on Sept. 3, 2016, when he was battered for seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings en route to a loss.

WALK-OFFS

1. Athletics OF Stephen Piscotty delivered an RBI double on Saturday after having his eight-game hitting streak snapped in the series opener.

2. Boston SS Xander Bogaerts (ankle) is expected to begin a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

3. Oakland activated C Josh Phegley (fingers) from the disabled list and optioned him - along with RHP Josh Lucas - to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday while reinstating RHP Yusmeiro Petit from the family medical emergency list.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 6, Athletics 4
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Umpire Trends - Adrian Johnson

Over is 8-0-1 in Johnsons last 9 games behind home plate vs. Oakland.
Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 games with Johnson behind home plate.
Over is 6-1 in Johnsons last 7 games behind home plate vs. Boston.
Over is 5-1 in Johnsons last 6 games behind home plate.
Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 games with Johnson behind home plate.
Road team is 4-1 in Johnsons last 5 games behind home plate.
Home team is 4-1 in Johnsons last 5 games behind home plate vs. Oakland.
Under is 3-1-1 in Johnsons last 5 Sunday games behind home plate.
Road team is 15-6 in Johnsons last 21 games behind home plate vs. Boston.
Home team is 7-3 in Johnsons last 10 Sunday games behind home plate.
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Preview: Giants at Angels
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After tying a franchise record by giving up eight or more runs in four consecutive games, the Los Angeles Angels settled things down to halt their losing streak. The Angels look to put together another complete performance on Sunday, when they host the San Francisco Giants for the rubber match of their three-game series.

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Jefry Marte each homered in Saturday’s 4-3 win for the Angels, who were outscored 35-4 during their four-game slide. Trout has been happily overshadowed early on by his new teammate, Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani, but the two-time MVP is quickly heating up with six home runs in his last 12 games. The Giants have not won consecutive contests since beginning the season with two victories but have received a much-needed spark from Mac Williamson, who homered in his season debut on Friday and went 1-for-4 the following day. Buster Posey was a late scratch on Saturday with back stiffness but was available for pinch-hitting duty and is expected to start the series finale.

TV: 4:07 p.m. ET, NBCS Bay Area (San Francisco), FS West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.45 ERA) vs. Angels RH Jaime Barria (1-0, 1.80)

Cueto came off the disabled list on Tuesday and turned in a dominant performance against Arizona, allowing two hits while registering 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. The two-time All-Star has given up one earned run over 20 frames in his first three starts of the year. Justin Upton is 6-for-20 with two home runs against Cueto, who is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two career turns versus the Angels.

Barria will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his second career start and first at Angel Stadium. The Panamanian made his major-league debut on April 11 at Texas and recorded the win after allowing one run on one hit - a solo homer by Ryan Rua - in five innings. Barria has made two starts for Salt Lake this season, surrendering two runs and five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Angels are 4-7 at home and 9-1 on the road.

2. Giants 1B Brandon Belt has homered in three consecutive games, collecting five RBIs during that stretch.

3. The Angels designated Luke Bard for assignment and recalled fellow RHP Eduardo Paredes from Salt Lake.

PREDICTION: Giants 6, Angels 3
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Road team is 6-0 in Eddings' last 6 games behind home plate.
Under is 3-0-1 in Angels last 4 interleague games with Eddings behind home plate.
Under is 3-0-1 in Eddings' last 4 interleague games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
Giants are 4-0 in Cuetos last 4 starts with Eddings behind home plate.
Over is 4-0 in Cuetos last 4 starts with Eddings behind home plate.
Home team is 6-1 in Eddings' last 7 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
Under is 6-1 in Eddings' last 7 games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
Over is 6-1-2 in Eddings' last 9 games behind home plate vs. San Francisco.
Under is 4-1 in Eddings' last 5 Sunday games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
Road team is 4-1 in Eddings' last 5 games behind home plate vs. San Francisco.
Over is 7-2-1 in Eddings' last 10 Sunday games behind home plate.
Under is 6-2 in Eddings' last 8 games behind home plate.
Home team is 11-4 in Eddings' last 15 games behind home plate vs. Los Angeles.
Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 games with Eddings behind home plate.
Under is 29-14-2 in Eddings' last 45 interleague games behind home plate.
Angels are 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games with Eddings behind home plate.
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Preview: Padres at Diamondbacks
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Apr 22, 2018

An intriguing pitching matchup highlights the rubber game of a three-game series between the visiting San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. The Padres will turn to rookie standout Joey Lucchesi, who has been scintillating over his first four career starts, while the Diamondbacks aim for the series win behind fellow southpaw Patrick Corbin, who is coming off his first career shutout.

The Padres took the series opener before falling 6-2 on Saturday, as A.J. Pollock homered and added an RBI single to pace a 10-hit attack for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have won a team-record six straight series to begin the campaign and Sunday offers up an opportunity for another from a team that has gone 32-13 against divisional foes since Aug. 25, 2017. The Padres have dropped four of five since winning a season-high three in a row and scored four runs or fewer in every game during the 1-4 swoon. Signed to a $144-million deal this offseason, Eric Hosmer was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Saturday's loss and is 3-for-29 over a seven-game stretch.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, FS San Diego, FS Arizona

PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres LH Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.65)

Lucchesi has 25 strikeouts and four walks in 21 2/3 innings after punching out nine batters over six solid innings of a win over San Francisco last Sunday. The 24-year-old has surrendered only one home run so far in his first taste of the majors and it came at Coors Field two starts ago. Opponents are batting .221 with a .253 on-base percentage against Lucchesi.

Corbin struck out eight and yielded one hit in his shutout of the Giants on Tuesday, improving to 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA at home this year. He has 28 strikeouts and nine hits allowed in 22 innings at Chase Field after going 9-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 17 home starts last year. Wil Myers is 9-for-19 with a home run and Jose Pirela is 4-for-5 with two doubles against Corbin, who has a 4.48 ERA in 16 career games (11 starts) against San Diego.

WALK-OFFS

1. Hosmer struck out 104 times in 162 games last season with Kansas City but is on pace for over 200 strikeouts this year.

2. Pollock is batting .342 with six homers and 16 RBIs over his last 20 games against the Padres.

3. San Diego CF Franchy Cordero has a home run, a double, a single and a walk through the first two games of the series.

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2
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Home team is 23-8 in Whitsons last 31 games behind home plate.
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