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MLB Betting News and Trends For Wednesday 5/23/18

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Wednesday’s games
National League
Braves (29-18) @ Phillies (27-19)
Gohara was 1-3, 4.91 in five MLB starts LY; he is 0-3, 6.89 in four AAA starts this year, 0-0, 1.29 in three MLB relief stints (7 IP). This is his first ’18 MLB start. Team in his starts: 0-0.
5-inning record: 0-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-0

Arrieta is 0-2, 4.95 in his last four starts (over 6-2). Team in his starts: 3-5, lost last four.
5-inning record: 3-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-8

Braves won 10 of last 14 games; under is 5-2 in their last seven games. Philadelphia won six of its last eight home games; under is 5-1-1 in their last seven home tilts.

Padres (20-30) @ Nationals (26-21)
Ross is 1-1, 3.38 in his last four starts; under is 7-1 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 4-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Fedde is making his first ’18 start; he is 1-1, 4.35 in eight AAA starts this year, was 0-1, 9.39 in three MLB starts LY. Team in his starts: 0-0.
5-inning record: 0-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-0

Padres won three of their last five games; under is 14-8-2 in their road games. Washington lost three of its last five games; four of their last six games went over.

Marlins (18-30) @ Mets (24-20)
Straily is 2-0, 2.25 in his last two starts (over 3-1). Team in his starts: 4-0.
5-inning record: 3-0-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-4

deGrom is 2-0, 0.34 in his last five starts, which all stayed under. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 5-1-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Marlins are 5-10 in last 15 games; under is 6-3 in their last nine games. Mets won five of their last seven games; under is 8-3 in their last 11 games.

Pirates (26-21) @ Reds (17-32)
Kuhl is 1-0, 3.63 in his last three starts (over 8-0-1). Team in his starts: 6-3.
5-inning record: 5-2-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-9

Bailey is 1-3, 9.64 in his last four starts (under 7-3). Team in his starts: 1-9.
5-inning record: 1-8-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-10

Pirates lost their last four games; under is 4-2-2 in their last eight games. Cincinnati lost five of its last eight games; under is 5-1-1 in their last seven home games.

Diamondbacks (25-23) @ Brewers (30-19)
Godley is 0-2, 4.50 in his last four starts; over is 4-2-1 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 4-5. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-9

Suter is 1-1, 4.02 in his last three starts (over 4-3-1). Team in his starts: 3-5.
5-inning record: 3-5. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-8

Diamondbacks are 1-12 in their last 13 games; over is 12-6 in their last 18 road games. Milwaukee won seven of its last nine games; under is 5-0-1 in their last six home games.

Rockies (26-23) @ Dodgers (21-27)
Freeland is 4-1, 1.59 in his last five starts; under is 7-1 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 4-2-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Maeda is 0-2, 7.43 in his last three home starts; under is 3-1-1 in his last five starts overall. Team in his starts: 3-5.
5-inning record: 3-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-8

Colorado is 9-4 in its last 13 road games; under is 10-5-2 in their last 17 road games. Dodgers won five of their last six games; under is 4-0-2 in their last six home games.

American League
Angels (26-22) @ Blue Jays (23-25)
Skaggs is 1-2, 2.12 in his last five starts; over is 4-2-1 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 4-5
5-inning record: 5-2-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-9

Sanchez is 0-2, 7.82 in his last three starts; over is 2-0-2 in his last four. Team in his starts: 3-6
5-inning record: 1-6-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-9

Angels lost six of their last seven games; under is 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Toronto lost six of its last seven home games; over is 4-2-1 in their last seven games.

Red Sox (33-15) @ Rays (22-24)
Price is 2-0, 2.51 in his last two starts (under 5-4). Team in his starts: 5-4
5-inning record: 3-3-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Archer is 2-2, 3.66 in his last five starts; under is 3-0-1 in his last four. Team in his starts: 5-5
5-inning record: 3-6-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-10

Boston won five of its last six games; under is 5-1-2 in their last eight road games. Rays won six of their last eight games; under is 4-1-1 in their last six games.

New York (31-14) @ Texas (19-31)
Sabathia is 0-1, 4.80 in his last three starts (under 4-3-1). Team in his starts: 4-4
5-inning record: 4-3-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-8

Fister is 0-2, 3.77 in his last five starts (under 6-2). Team in his starts: 3-5
5-inning record: 4-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-8

New York is 22-5 in its last 27 games; over is 7-2-1 in their last ten games. Rangers lost seven of their last ten games; under is 8-4 in their last 12 games.

Orioles (15-33) @ White Sox (14-31)
Cobb is 1-2, 4.13 in his last four starts (over 5-2). Team in his starts: 1-6.
5-inning record: 1-5-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-7

Covey allowed four runs in six IP (101 PT) in his first ’18 start, on April 28. He is 0-8, 7.58 in 19 MLB games (13 starts). Team in his starts: 0-1.
5-inning record: 0-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-1

Orioles lost five of their last seven games; under is 6-2 in their last eight road games. White Sox won four of their last six games; under is 8-1 in their last nine games.

Tigers (20-28) @ Twins (21-23)
Fulmer is 0-1, 7.72 in his last three starts (over 3-0). Team in his starts: 3-6.
5-inning record: 4-4-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-9

Gibson is 0-1, 3.72 in his last five starts (under 5-4). Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 4-4-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Tigers lost six of their last seven games; under is 8-4 in their last 12 road games. Minnesota lost five of its last eight games; under is 3-0 in their last three games.

Mariners (28-19) @ A’s (25-23)
Gonzales is 0-1, 4.58 in his last three starts (over 6-3). Team in his starts: 5-4
5-inning record: 5-3-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-9

Gossett is 0-1, 11.05 in two starts, last of which was April 6. Over is 2-0. Team in his starts: 0-2.
5-inning record: 0-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-2

Mariners won six of their last eight games; over is 7-5 in their last 12 road games. Oakland won won six of its last eight games; under is 5-1 in their last six home games.

Interleague
Indians (23-23) @ Cubs (25-20)
Plutko allowed three runs in 7.1 IP (104 PT) in his first ’18 start, a win over Toronto. Team in his starts: 1-0.
5-inning record: 1-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-1

Lester is 2-0, 1.99 in his last four starts; under is 4-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 7-2.
5-inning record: 6-0-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Cleveland is 4-8 in its last 12 road games; over is 6-4 in their last ten games. Cubs won three of their last five games; over is 7-2 in their last nine home games.

Giants (24-25) @ Astros (31-18)
Samardzija is 0-2, 7.56 in his last five starts (over 4-0-2). Team in his starts: 2-4.
5-inning record: 2-3-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-6

Verlander is 5-2, 1.31 in ten starts this year (under 8-2). Team in his starts: 6-4.
5-inning record: 6-1-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-10

Giants lost seven of their last eight road games; over is 8-2-3 in their last 13 games. Houston won seven of its last nine games; under is 8-3 in their last 11 home games.

Royals (15-33) @ Cardinals (26-20)
Junis is 2-1, 3.75 in his last four starts; under is 5-2 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 6-3.
5-inning record: 6-1-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Wacha is 3-0, 2.31 in his last six starts; under is 3-1 in his last four. Team in his starts: 7-2.
5-inning record: 4-4-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-9

Royals lost eight of their last ten games; over is 8-5 in their last 13 road games. St Louis lost five of its last eight home games; under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games.

Umpires
SD-Wsh: Four of last five Cederstrom games stayed under.
Pitt-Cin: Underdogs won four of last six Gonzalez games.
Atl-Phil: Five of last six Randazzo games stayed under.
Mia-NY: Five of last six Danley games went over.
Az-Mil: Over is 7-2 in Vanover games this season.
Colo-LA: Under is 7-2 in Holbrook games this season.

LAA-Tor: Under is 6-3 in Wegner games this season.
Bos-TB: Under is 6-2 in Bellino games this season.
NY-Tex: Road team won 11 of last 14 Lentz games.
Balt-Chi: Six of last seven Tichenor games went over.
Det-Minn: Under is 5-2-1 in last eight Whitson games.
Sea-A’s: Six of last seven O’Nora games stayed under.

KC-StL: Over is 5-2-1 in Ripperger games this season.
SF-Hst: Four of last five Drake games went over total.
Clev-Chi: Underdogs are 12-7 in last 19 TBarrett games.
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

the milwaukee brewers have won four straight series to ascend to the top of the national league central while also knocking the arizona diamondbacks out of first place in the nl west. milwaukee won two of three in arizona as part of its current 9-3 streak and looks to complete a three-game sweep of the stumbling diamondbacks on wednesday afternoon.

after mashing three home runs in a 4-2 series-opening win, the brewers could only muster a sacrifice fly by domingo santana on tuesday that stood up as a 1-0 victory. corey knebel, back in his closer's role, has earned both saves in the series after following a pair of scoreless innings by strikeout machine josh hader. the diamondbacks were 24-11 on may 8 but have dropped 12 of 13 since, scoring a total of nine runs during their current six-game slide. in fact, arizona has failed to score more than two runs in 10 of its last 12 games and had scraped together only six hits over the past two nights against milwaukee.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, mlb network, fs arizona, fs wisconsin (milwaukee)

pitching matchup: diamondbacks rh zack godley (4-3, 3.78 era) vs. brewers lh brent suter (3-3, 4.72)

godley's winless streak stretched to four starts last time out at the new york mets when he permitted three runs (one earned) on only four hits over six innings. the 28-year-old continued to struggle with his control, walking four batters, and has allowed 22 free passes over his last seven turns. godley has been superb in four appearances (three starts) against arizona, posting a 2-0 record and 1.42 era.
suter is coming off his longest outing, picking up the victory at minnesota on friday by holding the twins to one run on five hits while striking out a season-high six in 5 2/3 innings. his previous three appearances -- two in relief and a start on short rest -- came in a span of nine days. suter is allowing the opposition to hit .321 with runners on base and .304 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

walk-offs

1. diamondbacks 1b paul goldschmidt is 2-for-22 with 10 strikeouts in his past six games.

2. brewers rhp zach davies will come off the disabled list to start against the mets on thursday in his season debut.

3. diamondbacks of steven souza jr. (pectoral strain) went on the 10-day disabled list on tuesday.

prediction: brewers 5, diamondbacks 3
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Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

23rd May 2018 by Gracenote

the minnesota twins aim to continue their dominant run against the detroit tigers when the american league central foes wrap up a three-game series in minneapolis on wednesday afternoon. brian dozier's three rbis and a strong start from lance lynn led the twins to a 6-0 win in tuesday's matchup, giving them a 9-1 record against the tigers over the last 10 meetings.

minnesota has outscored detroit 68-25 in that span and dozier has reached base safely in 20 consecutive contests against the tigers. detroit, which left eight runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in tuesday's loss, has scored 10 total runs during a five-game slide. it will take aim at twins right-hander kyle gibson, who has a 5.59 era in 16 career starts against the tigers. michael fulmer gets the nod for the visitors as they try to improve upon an 8-18 mark away from home.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, fs detroit, fs north (minnesota)

pitching matchup: tigers rh michael fulmer (1-3, 4.35 era) vs. twins rh kyle gibson (1-2, 3.96)

fulmer is winless over a span of seven starts, although he posted a quality outing in a no-decision at seattle on friday - limiting the mariners to three runs and three hits with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. the former first-round pick won his major league debut at minnesota in 2016 and is 3-0 with a 3.50 era in three career meetings. dozier has a home run and a double in eight career at-bats against fulmer.

gibson gave up five runs and a season-high eight hits - two home runs - in 5 1/3 frames in a loss to milwaukee on friday. it left the 30-year-old with a 6.16 era and a 2.00 whip in four home starts in 2018. gibson has had his way with tigers right fielder nicholas castellanos, who is 6-for-32 with 10 strikeouts against him.

walk-offs

1. twins 1b logan morrison has five walks and three hits over his last four games.

2. castellanos has three straight two-hit games.

3. minnesota ss ehire adrianza owns three doubles over his last two contests after going 12 consecutive games without an extra-base hit.

prediction: twins 5, tigers 4
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Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

23rd May 2018 by Gracenote

the kansas city royals hope to build off their second victory in 10 contests when they visit the st. louis cardinals on wednesday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game interleague series. alex gordon snapped out of a slump with a homer among three hits as the royals halted a five-game losing streak against the neighbor cardinals with a 5-1 victory tuesday and earned their first win in four interleague contests.

catcher salvador perez also went deep in the middle contest of the series and has seven homers in 28 games since starting the season on the disabled list for kansas city, which scored more than three runs tuesday for just the third time in 10 outings. jake junis, who leads the royals with five victories, gets the call in the series finale while red-hot michael wacha makes his 10th start of the season for the cardinals. st. louis has lost six of its last 10 contests after going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and leaving eight runners on base in tuesday's setback. rookie tyler o'neill saw his three-game home run streak come to an end, but had a single tuesday and has hit safely in five straight contests for the cardinals (8-for-16, three homers, six rbis).

tv: 1:15 p.m. et, mlb network, fs kansas city, fs midwest (st. louis)

pitching matchup: royals rh jake junis (5-3, 3.15 era) vs. cardinals rh michael wacha (5-1, 3.08)

junis permitted two runs on seven hits and one walk over 5 1/3 innings to get the victory against the new york yankees last friday. the 25-year-old illinois native allowed two or fewer runs in four of his last six outings and six of nine overall on the season, but has surrendered 11 homers - five in one game against the chicago white sox - across 56 1/3 innings overall. junis faces the cardinals for the first time in his career and is 2-0 with a 2.95 era in three interleague starts.
wacha has given up two or fewer runs in six straight outings and won five consecutive decisions since opening the season with a loss to the new york mets. the 26-year-old texas a&m product held philadelphia to two runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings of a 12-4 victory last friday. jorge soler is 4-for-7 with two homers against wacha, who is 3-1 with a 2.81 era in five starts versus st. louis and 5-6 with a 3.86 mark in 16 interleague appearances.

walk-offs

1. st. louis inf yairo munoz went 4-for-4 on tuesday after starting his major league career with two hits in 20 at-bats.

2. kansas city of jon jay has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games, going 21-of-61 during that stretch.

3. cardinals inf greg garcia left monday's game with lower back tightness and is considered day-to-day after missing tuesday's contest.

prediction: cardinals 4, royals 3
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San Francisco Giants vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

23rd May 2018 by Gracenote

the houston astros' offense is so potent, even a five-rbi performance by their ninth-place hitter can go relatively unnoticed. the surging astros are a season-high 13 games over .500 and conclude a brief two-game interleague series against the visiting san francisco giants on wednesday afternoon before heading out on a seven-game road trip.

with tony kemp leading the way from the bottom of the order with two hits and a career-high five rbis, the astros rolled to an 11-2 victory on tuesday, giving them five wins in their last six games. alex bregman and jose altuve drove in two runs apiece for the astros, who lead the majors in run differential at plus-107 - which is 28 runs better than the second-place new york yankees. gerrit cole worked six strong innings tuesday, with his only mistake being a two-run homer he served up to brother-in-law brandon crawford. brandon belt doubled in three at-bats for the giants in his first contest since being named the national league player of the week after batting .444 with five homers and 11 rbis in seven games.

tv: 2:10 p.m. et, nbcs bay area (san francisco), at&t sportsnet-southwest (houston)

pitching matchup: giants rh jeff samardzija (1-2, 6.30 era) vs. astros rh justin verlander (5-2, 1.05)

samardzija did not factor in the decision against colorado on thursday after allowing three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. the 33-year-old native of indiana is winless in his last five starts, giving up 21 runs while issuing 14 walks in 25 frames. altuve is 7-for-25 with five strikeouts against samardzija, who owns a 6-3 record and 3.51 era in 22 career games (seven starts) against houston - including a 1-1 mark and 3.51 era in six contests (three starts) at minute maid park.
verlander recorded the eighth shutout of his career last wednesday, when he held the los angeles angels to five hits while registering seven strikeouts in a 2-0 victory. "pretty much a clinic on how to pitch," manager a.j. hinch told reporters. "i mean, it's just an epic performance by a really good pitcher." the six-time all-star, who is making his second career start against the giants, leads the majors in era (1.05), whip (0.72), opponents' batting average (.148) and opponents' ops (.449).

walk-offs

1. san francisco lhp madison bumgarner (finger) threw 30 pitches on tuesday and could begin a rehab assignment at triple-a sacramento on saturday.

2. kemp is 6-for-14 with six rbis in five games since being recalled from triple-a fresno last wednesday.

3. the giants placed rhp jose valdez (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled lhp josh osich from sacramento.

prediction: astros 6, giants 1
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San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

juan soto has played only two full games in the major leagues and the san diego padres already have seen enough of the washington nationals' star rookie. after hitting a three-run homer monday night, soto reached base in all four at-bats and scored the winning run tuesday, putting washington in position for a three-game sweep wednesday versus the visiting padres.

soto was the first 19-year-old to homer in the majors since bryce harper in 2012, and joined his teammate as the only teenagers with three walks in a game since robin yount in 1975. harper is 4-for-8 in the series and has homered in each game to boost his national league-leading total to 15. erick fedde, a first-round draft pick in 2014 and rated washington's no. 4 prospect, is expected to be called up from triple-a syracuse to face padres right-hander tyson ross in the series finale. second baseman josé pirela collected two hits in tuesday's 2-1 loss to extend his hitting streak to five for san diego, which fell to 3-3 on its 10-game road trip.

tv: 4:05 p.m. et, fs san diego, masn (washington)

pitching matchup: padres rh tyson ross (3-3, 3.35 era) vs. nationals rh erick fedde (2017: 0-1, 9.39)

ross ended a five-start winless drought last time out at pittsburgh, overcoming a season-worst four walks to limit the pirates to two runs and five hits over six innings. it marked the eighth time in nine outings in which ross has pitched at least six innings this season and was his sixth quality start. matt adams is 5-for-9 with a homer and four rbis off ross, who is 2-2 with a 5.34 era against washington.
fedde made his first three major-league starts for the nationals a year ago and was hit hard in each of them, giving up 16 runs and 25 hits over 15 1/3 innings. he surrendered five homers in the final two starts, but has done a better job of staying away from the long ball this year. fedde is 1-1 with a 4.35 era in eight starts at triple-a syracuse, striking out 42 and giving up zero homers in 41 1/3 innings.

walk-offs

1. nationals cf michael a. taylor had a walk-off double and threw out a running at the plate in tuesday's win.

2. padres lf franchy cordero his a 449-foot homer tuesday, which was only his fourth-longest blast of the season.

3. nationals lhp sean doolittle has 33 strikeouts versus three walks in 20 2/3 innings after fanning the side tuesday.

prediction: padres 5, nationals 4
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New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

gleyber torres has joined legendary company just 25 games into his major-league career, and the new york yankees have used his powerful bat to make some history of their own. with the help of their exciting rookie second baseman, the yankees aim for a fourth consecutive victory tuesday as they continue their three-game series against the host texas rangers.

torres went deep in the second and sixth innings of monday's 10-5 victory over texas to become the second-youngest player (21 years, 159 days) in club history to hit at least two home runs in one game, trailing only hall-of-famer mickey mantle (20, 296). new york belted five shots in all, marking the first time in team history it has connected on at least four long balls in three straight contests and the first time since the 2011 rangers any team had done so. texas managed to get three homers from the bottom of its lineup, but that production was not nearly enough to keep it from falling to 7-17 at home. the rangers, who have dropped three straight and seven of nine, already have lost 12 games by at least five runs.

tv: 8:05 p.m. et, yes (new york), fs southwest (texas)

pitching matchup: yankees rh domingo german (0-1, 4.26 era) vs. rangers lh cole hamels (2-4, 3.48 era)

german will make his first career start on the road after producing two drastically different results at home over his last two turns. the 25-year-old dominican struck out nine over six hitless innings against cleveland on may 6 before surrendering six runs on six hits and three walks in another no-decision on may 12 versus oakland. german, who did not give up a run in two road relief appearances spanning seven innings, is holding left-handed hitters to a .163 average as he faces texas for the first time.
hamels was scratched from his last scheduled start due to neck stiffness but is expected to take the mound for the first time since may 11, when he yielded one hit and three walks over six scoreless innings in a win at houston. the four-time all-star seemingly has settled into a bit of a groove after beginning the season 1-3 with a 4.76 era, as he has gone 1-1 with a 1.93 over his last four outings. giancarlo stanton is 13-for-51 with three homers against hamels, who is 1-2 with a 3.24 era in four career starts versus new york.

walk-offs

1. the yankees have connected on 14 homers over the last three games to increase their major league-leading total to 72.

2. nine of texas' 18 wins this season have come in the second game of the series (9-6).

3. new york ss didi gregorius halted a 1-for-48 slide with an rbi double in the sixth inning on monday.

prediction: rangers 5, yankees 3
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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

ozzie albies has scored more runs than any player in the national league during his first full season with the atlanta braves, and the 21-year-old looks to lead his team to a series victory in the finale of a three-game set wednesday against the host philadelphia phillies. albies scored all three atlanta runs in a thrilling 3-1 victory tuesday, as the braves topped philadelphia for the seventh time in 11 meetings this season to extend their lead over the phillies in the nl east to 1 ½ games.

in a tight game tuesday between two teams that have surpassed expectations to rise to the top of the division, the braves handled the pressure better. albies (who leads the nl with 45 runs scored) belted his 14th homer in the third inning and, after collecting a ninth-inning single and moving to second on a passed ball, scored a critical insurance run on 20-year-old ronald acuna's base hit. albies scored his second run in the fifth inning with the help of carlos santana's throwing error - the fourth consecutive game in which the philadelphia first baseman has recorded an error. philadelphia second baseman cesar hernandez drove in the phillies lone run with a fifth-inning single, extending his on-base streak to 26 consecutive games.

tv: 7:05 p.m. et, fs southeast (atlanta), nbcs philadelphia

pitching matchup: braves lh luiz gohara (0-0, 1.29 era) vs. phillies rh jake arrieta (3-2, 2.82)

gohara impressed in making five starts last september, but endured a miserable offseason in which his father died and his mother fell ill, then suffered groin and ankle injuries that scuttled his spring training. but after four rough rehab starts in the minors in which he posted a 6.89 era, the fourth-ranked prospect in the organization by mlb pipeline has posted a 1.29 era with five strikeouts across seven innings in three relief appearances. gohara, who will return to his native brazil to be with his mother after the start, struck out 31 in 29 1/3 innings last season.
arrieta has provided the phillies exactly what they hoped when they signed the 32-year-old to a three-year deal, giving up two earned runs or fewer seven times in his first eight starts. he lost friday at st. louis, allowing four runs (two earned) in three innings with two walks, seven days after firing 7 1/3 shutout innings in a no-decision against the new york mets. arrieta, who has walked two hitters in each start this season, is 3-1 with a 2.76 era in five career starts against atlanta.

walk-offs

1. philadelphia 3b maikel franco snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a fifth-inning single, and added a single in the seventh.

2. atlanta struck out three times with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and 14 times overall tuesday - four by ss dansby swanson - just two off its season high of 16 set april 11 at washington.

3. the phillies are 17-7 with a plus-50 run differential at home, but three of those home defeats have come against the braves.

prediction: phillies 6, braves 3
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Los Angeles Angels vs. Toronto Blue Jays Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

kendrys morales hadn't done much to distinguish himself this season before a productive start to his week saw him excel in an impromptu pitching performance and notch back-to-back multi-hit efforts. morales aims to continue his recent surge against his former team as the blue jays (23-25) bid for their first series victory in over a month when they host the los angeles angels (26-22) on wednesday.

morales did his best to silence the masses that are clamoring for top prospect vladimir guerrero jr. to cut into his at-bats by belting a two-run homer to highlight a five-run first inning in tuesday's 5-3 triumph. the 34-year-old cuban has answered a career-worst 0-for-29 stretch earlier this month by collecting five hits in his last three games heading into wednesday's tilt versus left-hander tyler skaggs, against whom he is 2-for-6 in his career. while toronto had lost four in a row and eight of 10 prior to the opener of the three-game series, los angeles opened a 10-game road trip with its eighth loss in 11 outings while mustering just 29 runs in that stretch. mike trout has scored five of those runs in the last four games heading into a matchup versus right-hander aaron sanchez, against whom he is 1-for-4 in a small sample size.

tv: 7:07 p.m. et, fs west (los angeles), sportsnet (toronto)

pitching matchup: angels lh tyler skaggs (3-3, 2.88 era) vs. blue jays rh aaron sanchez (2-4, 4.47)

skaggs turned in his fifth straight strong outing on thursday but saw his winless skid extend to four games after allowing just one run in six innings of a 7-1 setback versus tampa bay. the 26-year-old has permitted just seven runs on 25 hits with 32 strikeouts in his last five outings (29 2/3 innings). skaggs picked up the win against toronto last season after permitting two earned runs in seven-plus innings, improving to 2-2 with a 3.86 era in four career starts.
sanchez permitted four runs for the third time in four outings on thursday, as he allowed four walks to drive up his pitch count to lead to an exit after four innings in a 10-5 setback versus oakland. the 25-year-old has struggled with his control, issuing multiple walks in each of his nine trips to the mound for a total of 29 in 50 1/3 innings this season. justin upton is 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles against sanchez, who owns an 0-1 mark in two career meetings with the angels despite limiting the club to a .200 batting average.

walk-offs

1. los angeles ss andrelton simmons has reached base safely in 27 of his last 28 games.

2. toronto owns a 14-6 mark this season when scoring the game's first run.

3. angels c martin maldonado has two extra-base hits in his last two games to improve to 17-for-44 in may after going 7-for-56 last month.

prediction: angels 4, blue jays 2
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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

mookie betts had a terrific april and he has been even better in may as his boston red sox visit the tampa bay rays on wednesday night for the middle contest of a three-game series between the american league east rivals. betts, who leads the majors with a .368 batting average and 16 homers, is at .395 in may after going 2-for-4 with a three-run blast in tuesday's series-opening 4-2 victory.

betts is 12-for-25 with three long balls during a six-game hitting streak for the red sox, who have won five of six overall and eight of 11 against the rays this season after stranding three runners on base in the ninth inning tuesday. boston's david price will get the start in wednesday's contest versus his former team - against whom he is 4-4 overall - and tampa bay's chris archer hopes to improve on a 2-12 record and 5.49 era against the red sox in 20 career games. shortstop willy adames, who was acquired by the rays from detroit in the trade for price in 2015, made his major league debut tuesday and the 22-year-old prospect went 1-for-4 with a solo homer off chris sale. tampa bay is 6-2 since getting routed 17-1 at baltimore, but catcher wilson ramos left tuesday's game with a left hand contusion and starting pitcher jake faria came out of the contest in the third inning with a left oblique strain.

tv: 7:10 p.m. et, nesn (boston), fs sun (tampa bay)

pitching matchup: red sox lh david price (4-4, 4.38 era) vs. rays rh chris archer (3-3, 5.01)

price comes in off his first complete game since 2016 and 17th of his career when he limited baltimore to two runs on five hits and zero walks with eight strikeouts last thursday. the 32-year-old vanderbilt product has earned two straight wins after a three-game losing streak - one against tampa bay - in which he allowed 19 runs in 17 innings combined. ramos is 4-for-11 with a homer versus price, who blanked the rays in his first two starts of 2018 while yielding seven hits in 14 innings.
archer registered his first scoreless outing of the season last thursday, giving up two hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings against the los angeles angels. the 29-year-old north carolina native has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his last six trips to the mound after permitting at least four in his first four starts of 2018. betts is 12-for-34 with four homers and 10 rbis versus archer, who gave up four runs over six innings in a no-decision against boston on march 29 in the season opener.

walk-offs

1. adames, who is batting .311 at triple-a durham, was recalled after inf joey wendle was placed on the paternity list.

2. the red sox boast 70 homers, a franchise record through 48 games, and have gone deep in 13 consecutive contests.

3. rays of johnny field had a single in the series opener and is 8-for-19 during a five-game hitting streak.

prediction: rays 5, red sox 3
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

scooter gennett didn't make much of an impact in the cincinnati reds' first series with the pittsburgh pirates, but he sure packed a punch to start the next encounter. the cincinnati native looks to follow up his season-high six-rbi performance on wednesday when the reds (17-32) vie for a series victory against the pirates (26-21) at great american ball park.

gennett, who went 1-for-16 as cincinnati dropped three of four to pittsburgh in april, launched his fifth grand slam in two seasons to highlight tuesday's 7-2 romp. the 28-year-old has 23 hits - including six homers - to go along with 19 rbis and 11 runs scored in his last 14 games overall heading into a meeting with wednesday starter chad kuhl, against whom he is just 1-for-12 with five strikeouts. pittsburgh has answered an 8-1 stretch with losses in four straight, which is one shy of its season high for losses set from april 19-25. austin meadows went deep for the second time in as many outings to highlight a 6-for-15 run with three rbis in his first four career games.

tv: 7:10 p.m. et, at&t sportsnet-pittsburgh, fsn ohio (cincinnati)

pitching matchup: pirates rh chad kuhl (4-2, 4.53 era) vs. reds rh homer bailey (1-6, 6.11)

kuhl recorded his second straight no-decision on thursday after allowing four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings against san diego. the 25-year-old struggled with his control by tossing just 50 strikes on 85 pitches to drive up his pitch count. kuhl also received a no-decision in his last meeting with cincinnati on april 7, although he yielded just two runs and struck out seven in five innings.
bailey has taken his lumps of late to the tune of surrendering 24 runs on 41 hits in his last five outings, during which he owns a 1-3 mark while seeing his era balloon from 3.68 to 6.11. the 32-year-old surrendered six runs for the second time in three trips to the mound despite keeping the ball in the park for the first time since april 10. bailey was blitzed for five runs while issuing three walks in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-2 setback at pittsburgh on april 5.

walk-offs

1. pittsburgh 3b colin moran belted a solo homer on tuesday to hit safely in eight of his last 10 games.

2. reds 3b eugenio suarez had a pair of hits in the opener to improve to 7-for-17 against the pirates this season.

3. pittsburgh 2b josh harrison has four hits in two games since returning from a month-plus-long absence due to a hand injury.

prediction: pirates 7, reds 2
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Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

23rd May 2018 by Gracenote

aside from one abbreviated start due to a hyperextended elbow, new york mets right-hander jacob degrom is on an incredible roll. the surging degrom will try to keep his hot streak alive when he leads the mets into the rubber match of a three-game series against the visiting miami marlins on wednesday.

degrom has allowed one run in 26 1/3 innings over his last five outings and he struck out a season-high 13 in a dominant win against arizona his last time out. that was the beginning of a four-game winning streak for new york that came to a halt with tuesday's 5-1 loss to the marlins, who snapped a three-game slide with the victory. derek dietrich slugged a two-run homer and scored twice while j.t. realmuto had three hits and two rbis to pace miami's attack. the mets signed veteran slugger jose bautista earlier in the day and saw him go 1-for-3 with a double in his debut with the team.

tv: 7:10 p.m. et, fs florida (miami), wpix (new york)

pitching matchup: marlins rh dan straily (2-0, 3.60 era) vs. mets rh jacob degrom (4-0, 1.75)
straily had a 5.54 era through his first three starts of the season before spinning seven scoreless innings in a win at atlanta on friday. he yielded three hits in the outing and opponents are batting .208 overall against the 29-year-old. straily posted a 1.76 era in three starts against the mets a year ago.

degrom has 39 strikeouts in his dominant five-start stretch, during which opponents have managed three extra-base hits - all doubles. one of his rare non-quality starts came at miami on april 10, when he gave up four runs over six innings of a no-decision. the florida native is 4-4 with a 3.94 era in 13 career meetings with the marlins and has had major issues with justin bour, who is 7-for-15 with two homers, one double and two walks against him.

walk-offs

1. the first four hitters in new york's starting lineup combined to go 0-for-13 in tuesday's loss.

2. realmuto has three three-hit efforts in his last 10 games.

3. marlins cf lewis brinson is 2-for-27 with seven strikeouts over an seven-game stretch.

prediction: mets 4, marlins 2
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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

22nd May 2018 by Gracenote

After seeing their pitchers get banged up in the series opener, the Chicago Cubs will ask a reliable veteran to turn things around in the finale of their two-game interleague set against the visiting Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Jon Lester takes the mound for the Cubs hoping to continue his outstanding month and help Chicago salvage a split of the season series.

The Indians roughed up Chicago's pitching staff in Tuesday's opener, pounding out 11 hits - including Jose Ramirez's team-leading 14th homer - in a 10-1 rout. Cleveland can earn a split of its eight-game road trip with a win before heading home for seven contests. The Cubs were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 in the opener, and they were scoreless until pinch-hitter Ian Happ led off the ninth inning with his eighth homer of the season. The nine-run loss matched Chicago's most lopsided defeat of the campaign.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), NBCS Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Adam Plutko (1-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52)


Plutko is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make his second start of the year - and his career. The 26-year-old turned in a strong outing against Toronto in the second game of a doubleheader on May 3, allowing three runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to record the win. He did serve up three solo homers, however, which could be cause for concern.

Lester is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his last four starts and hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of those outings. The 34-year-old was dominant at Cincinnati on Friday, striking out eight while giving up one run and two hits over six innings for his second straight victory. Lester is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 16 career starts against the Indians.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleveland LF Michael Brantley is 17-for-49 with four homers and 12 RBIs during his 11-game hitting streak, the longest active run in the majors.

2. The Cubs have hit 27 home runs in 19 games this month, including two or more in nine contests.

3. Chicago is 14-for-93 with runners in scoring position over its last nine games.

PREDICTION: Cubs 4, Indians 2
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox Preview and Predictions 05-23-2018

23rd May 2018 by Gracenote

after staging a late rally to even the four-game set, the chicago white sox attempt to gain the upper hand when they host the baltimore orioles on wednesday. chicago dropped a 3-2 decision in the series opener but turned the tables on tuesday, scoring three runs in the eighth inning en route to its fourth win in six contests.

yolmer sanchez registered the decisive hit, a one-out rbi single that capped his 3-for-5 performance, while jose abreu recorded his fourth multi-hit effort in five games. baltimore collected seven hits in the loss, four of which came off the bat of mark trumbo. the 32-year-old, who also drove in a run, enters wednesday with a five-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-22. adam jones has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 contests for the orioles, who are 2-4 on their 11-game road trip.

tv: 8:10 p.m. et, masn2 (baltimore), nbcs chicago plus

pitching matchup: orioles rh alex cobb (1-5, 6.56 era) vs. white sox rh dylan covey (0-1, 6.00)

cobb is coming off his first victory as an oriole, a triumph in his native boston on friday during which he limited the red sox to three runs on 10 hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings. the 30-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his four turns this month after surrendering at least five in each of his three outings in april. cobb lost both of his previous career starts against chicago as he was tagged for 12 runs and 17 hits over eight innings.
covey remains in search of his first major-league victory as he has gone 0-8 with a 7.58 era in 13 starts and six relief appearances. the 26-year-old californian lost his lone outing of 2018 on april 28, when he yielded four runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings at kansas city. covey lost his only career start against the orioles as he surrendered six runs and 10 hits in four frames at baltimore on may 6, 2017.

walk-offs

1. white sox c welington castillo was back in the lineup tuesday after being pulled from the series opener for not running out a pop-up and went 3-for-4 with an rbi.

2. baltimore lhp zach britton (achilles) threw 20 pitches in a one-inning simulated game on tuesday and will work two frames on saturday before beginning a rehab assignment at triple-a norfolk next week.

3. chicago ss tim anderson was not in tuesday's lineup due to legs that manager rick renteria said were "a little bit tired."

prediction: white sox 7, orioles 5
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