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MLB Betting News and Trends For Sunday 5/27/18

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Sunday’s games
National League
Giants (25-27) @ Cubs (26-22)
Blach is 0-1, 8.53 in his last three starts; over is 2-0-2 in his last four. Team in his starts: 6-5.
5-inning record: 4-5-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-11

Chatwood is 1-2, 5.82 in his last four starts (over 3-1). Team in his starts: 3-6.
5-inning record: 4-4-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-9

Giants lost nine of last 11 road games; over is 7-5-2 in their last 14 games. Cubs lost five of their last six home games; under is 5-1 in their last six home games.

Cardinals (27-22) @ Pirates (28-23)
Mikolas is 3-0, 0.99 in his last four starts (under 3-1). Team in his starts: 7-2.
5-inning record: 8-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-9

Taillon is 0-4, 7.30 in his last seven starts; under is 6-2-1 in his last nine. Team in his starts: 5-5.
5-inning record: 3-5-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-10

St Louis is 5-8 in its last 13 games; under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games. Pirates lost six of their last eight games; under is 5-2-2 in their last nine home games.

Nationals (28-22) @ Marlins (19-32)
Strasburg is 3-1, 3.29 in his last four starts; over is 4-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 5-5.
5-inning record: 6-3-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-10

Hernandez is 0-1, 1.80 in his two starts (over 1-1). Team in his starts: 1-1.
5-inning record: 1-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-2

Nationals won four of their last five games; six of their last eight road games stayed under. Miami is 6-8 in its last 14 games; under is 6-3 in their last nine games.

Mets (25-23) @ Brewers (33-20)
Wheeler is 0-3, 7.36 in his last four starts; over is 4-2 in his last six. Team in his starts: 3-5.
5-inning record: 1-7. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-8

Chacin is 1-0, 1.54 in his last four starts; under is 7-1 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 8-3
5-inning record: 5-4-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-11

Mets lost four of their last five games; under is 6-1 in their last seven road games. Milwaukee won eight of its last ten games; under is 7-2-1 in their last ten home games.

Reds (19-34) @ Rockies (27-25)
Harvey is 1-0, 2.57 in three starts for the Reds (over 1-0-2). Team in his starts: 3-0.
5-inning record: 3-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-3

Marquez is 2-4, 5.34 in his last six starts; under is 6-2 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 4-5.
5-inning record: 3-5-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-9

Cincinnati won seven of its last ten road games; under is 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Rockies lost five of their last seven games; under is 8-2 in their last ten games at Coors Field.

Padres (22-31) @ Dodgers (23-28)
Erlin is 0-2, 15.43 in two starts this year (over 2-0). Team in his starts: 0-2.
5-inning record: 0-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-2

Buehler is 1-1, 3.00 in his last four starts (under 4-2). Team in his starts: 3-3.
5-inning record: 4-1-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-6

San Diego won five of its last eight games; under is 10-6-1 in their last 17 games. Dodgers won seven of their last nine games; under is 6-1-2 in their last nine home games.

American League
Angels (29-23) @ New York (32-16)
Richards is 0-2, 5.19 in his last three starts; under is 5-2 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 6-4
5-inning record: 5-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Tanaka is 3-0, 4.24 in his last six starts; over is 7-0-1 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 7-2
5-inning record: 7-1-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Angels lost seven of their last 11 games; under is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games. New York is 14-3 in its last 17 games; over is 18-8-1 in their home games this season.

White Sox (16-33) @ Tigers (22-29)
Shields is 0-0, 1.80 in his last two starts; under is 5-1 in his last six. Team in his starts: 4-6
5-inning record: 4-5-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Hardy is 0-0, 3.86 in two starts (over 1-1). Team in his starts: 1-1. 5-inning record: 1-0-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-2

White Sox won five of their last eight games; under is 8-4-1 in their last 13 games. Detroit lost six of its last eight games; under is 6-3-1 in their last ten games.

Orioles (17-35) @ Rays (24-26)
Gausman is 2-1, 2.45 in his last five starts; under is 5-1 in his last six. Team in his starts: 4-6
5-inning record: 5-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-10

Another bullpen game for the Rays, Team in bullpen games: 7-10. (under 10-6-1)
5-inning record: 7-6-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-17

Baltimore is 9-8 in its last 17 games; under is 8-3 in their last 11 games. Rays won eight of their last 12 games; under is 7-2-1 in their last ten games.

Astros (34-17) @ Indians (25-25)
Cole is 3-0, 2.08 in his last four starts; over is 3-1-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 9-1.
5-inning record: 5-2-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-10

Bauer is 2-0, 0.00 (14 IP) in his last two starts (over 5-5). Team in his starts: 5-5.
5-inning record: 5-2-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-10

Astros won eight of their last ten games; under is 6-5 in their last 11 road games. Cleveland won four of its last six games; over is 13-1 in their last 14 home games. These two pitchers went to college together at UCLA; they were not friends.

Royals (17-35) @ Rangers (22-32)
Hammel is 1-1, 8.10 in his last three starts (under 7-2-1). Team in his starts: 2-8.
5-inning record: 3-7. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-10

Hamels is 2-0, 2.63 in his last four starts; over is 3-1 in his last four. Team in his starts: 3-7.
5-inning record: 4-4-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Royals won three of their last five games; under is 5-3 in their last eight road games. Texas lost five of its last eight games; over is 8-4 in their last 12 home games.

Twins (21-26) @ Mariners (31-20)
Berrios turns 24 today; he is 3-1, 4.05 in his last four starts; over is 4-2 in his last six starts. Team in his starts: 6-4
5-inning record: 3-5-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Leake is 2-0, 4.74 in his last three starts (over 7-2-1). Team in his starts: 7-3.
5-inning record: 5-2-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-10

Minnesota lost its last three games; Twins’ last six games stayed under the total. Mariners won nine of their last 12 games; seven of their last eight wins were by one run. Under is 6-0 in their last six games.

Interleague
Blue Jays (23-28) @ Phillies (29-19)
Happ is 2-1, 1.93 in three road starts; over is 3-2-2 in his last seven starts. Team in his starts: 7-3
5-inning record: 7-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-10

Pivetta is 3-0, 0.47 in his last three starts (under 7-2-1). Team in his starts: 8-2.
5-inning record: 4-3-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Toronto lost 10 of its last 14 games; over is 9-4-2 in their last 15 road games. Phillies are 11-5 in their last 16 games; under is 6-1 in their last seven home games.

Braves (29-20) @ Red Sox (35-16)
Foltynewicz is 1-1, 1.69 in his last three starts; under is 5-3 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 3-7.
5-inning record: 2-5-5. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-10

Sale is 3-0, 2.51 in his last four starts; over is 3-1 in his home starts. Team in his starts: 7-4.
5-inning record: 7-2-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-11

Braves are 4-6 in their last ten games; under is 7-3 in their last ten games. Boston won six of its last seven games; under is 5-2 in their last seven games.

Diamondbacks (25-25) @ A’s (27-25)
Greinke is 0-1, 2.55 in his last four starts (under 4-0); Snakes scored 9 runs in the four games. Team in his starts: 5-5
5-inning record: 5-2-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-10

Montas is making his first ’18 start; he is 1-3, 6.32 in 30 MLB games (2 starts), with the two starts for the White Sox in 2015. He is 1-5, 4.39 in nine AAA starts this season. Team in his starts: 0-0.
5-inning record: 0-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-0

Arizona lost eight of its last nine games; under is 5-3 in their last eight games. Oakland lost three of its last five games; under is 8-1-1 in their last ten home games.

Umpires
StL-Pitt: Over is 7-1 in last eight Tichenor games.
NY-Mil: Four of last six Drake games went over.
Wsh-Mia: Over is 5-3-1 in last nine DeJesus games.
SF-Chi: Underdogs are 5-3 in last eight Cooper games.
Cin-Colo: Six of last seven Bellino games stayed under.
SD-LA: Seven of last eight O’Nora games stayed under.

KC-Tex: Five of last six Whitson games stayed under.
Chi-Det: Over is 8-1 in Hoberg games this season.
Balt-TB: Underdogs won four of last five Wegner games.
LA-NY: Under is 7-3 in Estabrook games this year.
Hst-Clev: Six of last seven Randazzo games stayed under.
Minn-Sea: Four of last six Little games went over.

Atl-Bos: Under is 4-2-1 in last seven Gonzalez games.
Tor-Phil: Favorites won five of last seven Timmons games.
Ariz-A’s: Under is 3-0-1 in last four Marquez games.
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Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

the boston red sox designated first baseman hanley ramirez on friday in part to open up more playing time for mitch moreland, and the latter is quickly proving he belongs in that spot. moreland will try to stay hot and lead the red sox to a three-game interleague sweep when they host the atlanta braves in the series finale on sunday afternoon.

moreland slotted into the no. 4 spot in the lineup behind j.d. martinez and is 4-for-9 with a home run, a double, a triple, three rbis and two runs scored in the first two games of the series. moreland is batting .321 with a .652 slugging percentage in 112 at-bats for the red sox, who own the best record in the majors at 36-16 and are winners of six of their last seven games. the braves, who dropped their last three contests, entered the series with the best offense in the national league but are struggling to keep up with boston thanks to a pitching staff that surrendered 17 hits and allowed eight two-out rbis in the first two games of the series. atlanta will try to stop the bleeding with right-hander mike foltynewicz on sunday but faces a tough test while going up against boston ace chris sale.

tv: 1:05 p.m. et, fs south (atlanta), nesn (boston)

pitching matchup: braves rh mike foltynewicz (3-3, 2.72 era) vs. red sox lh chris sale (5-1, 2.17)

foltynewicz allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of his 10 starts but completed six innings in just three of those turns. the 26-year-old, who struggles with his control at times and owns 26 walks in 53 total innings, surrendered a total of one earned run in his last three outings and struck out 19 in 16 innings in that span. foltynewicz made two relief appearances against boston previously in his career, yielding a total of one run and six hits in 3 1/3 frames.
sale is 4-0 in his last six starts and breezed through 7 2/3 innings at tampa bay on tuesday, striking out nine while allowing one earned run and four hits. the florida native notched a total of 45 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings over his last four turns, bumping his season total to 96 punchouts. sale is 6-5 with a 2.84 era in 26 career interleague games - 18 starts - but lost his only previous turn against atlanta while getting knocked around for eight runs and 10 hits in five innings as a member of the chicago white sox on july 8, 2016.

walk-offs

1. red sox 2b dustin pedroia (knee) made his season debut on saturday and went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

2. braves rf nick markakis is 3-of-7 with three doubles and three rbis in the series.

3. atlanta rhp anibal sanchez (hamstring) came through a rehab start on friday with no issues and is expected to be activated off the 10-day dl next week.

prediction: red sox 3, braves 1
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Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

27th May 2018 by Gracenote

there are some who believe 26-year-old mike trout has done enough to make the hall of fame despite playing the equivalent of roughly 6 1/2 seasons, but every so often he proves he can take his game to yet another level. following a mammoth performance from the two-time mvp in their last contest, the los angeles angels attempt to steal a three-game set from the host new york yankees when the teams conclude their season series sunday.

trout was a one-man wrecking crew in saturday's 11-4 victory over the yankees, clubbing a two-run homer to go along with two rbi doubles as part of an effort in which he set career highs in hits (five), extra-base hits (four) and total bases (11). the six-time all-star's offensive onslaught carried the angels to their first win in five meetings with the yankees this season while also keeping them unbeaten in series play on the road (6-0-1). one day after watching its club-record, five-game streak of hitting at least three home runs come to an end, new york connected on three more to run its major-league leading total to 83. gleyber torres' remarkable four-game run in which he amassed seven hits - including a homer in four straight - to go along with nine rbis for the yankees finally came to an end, however, as he finished 0-for-3 with a walk.

tv: 1:05 p.m. et, mlb network, fs west (los angeles), yes (new york)

pitching matchup: angels rh garrett richards (4-3, 3.31 era) vs. yankees rh masahiro tanaka (5-2, 4.95)

with los angeles skipping shohei ohtani's turn through the rotation to manage his workload, richards will make the start after allowing five runs (one earned) across five frames in a loss at toronto on tuesday. the oklahoma product, who will pitch on his 30th birthday, is 1-2 despite a 1.50 era in four turns this month. richards was pounded for nine runs (five earned) over 1 2/3 innings versus the yankees on april 28 and is 0-4 with an 8.10 era in six appearances (five starts) against them.
tanaka labored through five innings monday in texas but was still able to extend his unbeaten streak to six games despite permitting four runs on three hits - including two homers and four walks. the 2014 all-star has surrendered at least one home run in eight of his 10 starts and 11 for the season, placing him in a tie for the ninth-highest total in the majors. tanaka cruised to a victory on april 28 in los angeles, permitting one run while fanning a season-high nine across six innings.

walk-offs

1. trout, who moved into a tie with boston's mookie betts for the league lead in homers (17), is the eighth angel to drive in at least 600 career runs in his career.

2. new york 1b greg bird went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut saturday after he was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day.

3. los angeles c jose briceno went 2-for-4 with a home run in his big-league debut saturday.

prediction: angels 7, yankees 6
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Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

the baltimore orioles are last in the american league east in runs scored, and consequently occupy the basement in the division. the orioles managed three runs in the first two games of their series against the tampa bay rays and will try to manufacture more offense and earn a series win when they visit for the rubber match and close out an 11-game road trip on sunday.

baltimore scored three or fewer runs in nine of its last 11 games, including a 2-0 win in friday's series opener and a 5-1 setback on saturday. the biggest culprit in the offensive drought is first baseman chris davis, who is making $23 million this season but is batting .159 with a .247 on-base percentage and 68 strikeouts in 47 games while going homerless in his last 14 contests. the rays aren't an offensive juggernaut but are getting solid performances from an unconventional pitching staff that continues to use relievers as starting pitchers. tampa bay will send former closer sergio romo, who also started the series opener on friday, to the mound for the first pitch on sunday against orioles righty kevin gausman.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, masn (baltimore), fs sun (tampa bay)

pitching matchup: orioles rh kevin gausman (3-3, 3.48 era) vs. rays rh sergio romo (1-1, 4.66)

gausman allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his 10 starts and is coming off one of his strongest performances after striking out a season-high 10 in 6 1/3 scoreless innings at the chicago white sox on tuesday. the lsu product could not get any run support and did not factor in the decision in a game the orioles went on to lose 3-2. gausman's last win came over tampa bay on may 11, when he scattered two runs and 11 hits over 7 1/3 innings.
romo had a string of six straight scoreless appearances come to an end on friday, when he was reached for one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning and absorbed the loss. the 35-year-old started back-to-back games at the los angeles angels last weekend and struck out six without allowing a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless frames. romo's lone win on the season came in relief against baltimore on may 12, when he worked 1 1/3 perfect frames.

walk-offs

1. orioles lhp zach britton (achilles) threw a two-inning simulated game on saturday and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on wednesday.

2. tampa bay c wilson ramos is 6-for-12 over the last three games and hit safely in seven straight.

3. orioles of/dh mark trumbo (knee), who sat out his fourth straight game on saturday, is expected to avoid the dl and could return on monday.

prediction: orioles 3, rays 2
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Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

mark reynolds has shown little rust since joining his eighth major-league team and the washington nationals have enjoyed quite the run of success since the 34-year-old came aboard. the nationals (28-22) bid to record their 11th straight win over the miami marlins (19-32) on sunday afternoon when the national league east rivals conclude their three-game series in south florida.

coming off a season in which he belted 30 homers and drove in 97 runs, reynolds went deep for the fifth time in nine outings as his go-ahead blast in the ninth inning lifted washington to a 4-1 triumph on saturday. reynolds is 12-for-27 with seven rbis and as many runs scored since joining the nationals, who have won 17 of 23 overall and nine of their last 10 on the road. brian anderson drove in a run for the second straight contest and has six multi-hit performances in his last 11 games for cellar-dwelling miami, which has dropped five of seven overall. anderson and the marlins have a tall task on their hands on sunday versus stephen strasburg, who has tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three starts against the club to boost his career mark to 15-7 versus miami.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, masn2 (washington), fs florida (miami)

pitching matchup: nationals rh stephen strasburg (5-4, 3.36 era) vs. marlins rh elieser hernandez (0-1, 2.08)

strasburg saw his three-start winning streak end with a thud, courtesy of a pair of homers as well as a season-high four walks in sunday's 7-2 setback to the los angeles dodgers. the 29-year-old saw his pitch count elevate to a campaign-high 115 despite working just 6 2/3 innings. j.t. realmuto (7-for-19) has flustered strasburg, but the right-hander has kept derek dietrich (2-for-22) under wraps.
hernandez sustained a hard-luck setback while making his second start and fourth career appearance on monday, as he pitched through a sore throat and allowed just one run in five innings of a 2-0 loss at the new york mets. "he attacks," manager don mattingly said of the 23-year-old venezuelan. "he's always coming after you. doesn't matter really who you are, he's coming to get you." hernandez has permitted 14 hits and struck out six against just one walk in 13 innings since making his major-league debut on may 10.

walk-offs

1. washington has outscored miami by a 66-18 margin during its 10-game winning streak.

2. realmuto is 9-for-19 with three rbis and two runs scored in his last four contests.

3. nationals rf bryce harper fanned four times on saturday to drop to 2-for-13 with nine strikeouts in his last three games.

prediction: nationals 6, marlins 2
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Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

jose abreu is on a tear for the chicago white sox, who will try to ride their hot-hitting first baseman to a series win when they play the rubber match of a three-game set at the detroit tigers on sunday. abreu homered, doubled twice and singled in four at-bats to power the white sox to an 8-4 win in saturday's meeting - his seventh multi-hit effort in the last nine games.

the veteran slugger has 12 extra-base hits and nine rbis in those nine contests, and shortstop tim anderson has gotten into the act with three homers over the last two days. tigers rookie jeimer candelario matched anderson with a pair of long balls in saturday's loss and he has four rbis in two games since coming off the disabled list. detroit may get two-time mvp miguel cabrera, out since may 4 with a hamstring injury, back for the series finale. the timing would be nice for the tigers, as cabrera is 27-for-71 with four homers in his career against james shields, who gets the start sunday for the white sox.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, nbcs chicago, fs detroit

pitching matchup: white sox rh james shields (1-4, 4.62 era) vs. tigers lh blaine hardy (0-0, 3.46)

shields has four quality starts in five turns this month and held baltimore to two runs in seven innings his last time out. he has finished at least six frames in six consecutive outings, allowing 25 hits in 39 innings during that span. the 36-year-old, who despite his solid stretch hasn't picked up a win since march 29, is 9-8 with a 4.46 era in 26 career starts against detroit.
hardy has made four relief appearances and two starts with the tigers, including five innings of two-run ball at minnesota on monday. he has issued only one walk in 9 2/3 frames over his last three outings. matt davidson has a home run and a double in three career at-bats against hardy, who owns a 5.06 era in 18 career relief appearances against the white sox.

walk-offs

1. davidson has missed four straight games with back tightness.

2. abreu is hitting .343 with 16 home runs in 78 career games against detroit.

3. candelario reached base in each of his last 20 games.

prediction: white sox 5, tigers 4
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Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

27th May 2018 by Gracenote

it will be a battle of former college teammates and top-three draft picks on the mound when the houston astros visit the cleveland indians on sunday afternoon for the finale of a four-game series. houston's gerrit cole was selected first overall by pittsburgh in 2011, while cleveland's trevor bauer went to arizona two picks later and the former ucla bruins meet for the first time in the majors.

cole won his only start against the indians in 2015 and bauer has been victorious in all seven career meetings against the astros, but he missed them in the first series between the teams earlier this month. cole will try to cool off a cleveland lineup that launched four homers in the 8-6 victory saturday night after the indians dropped the first two games of the series and four of the first five versus houston this season. michael brantley hit one of the homers for cleveland - his fifth during a 15-game hitting streak in which he is 23-for-66 with 16 rbis - while edwin encarnacion connected on a two-run shot and is 5-for-7 in the last two contests. the astros lost for just the second time in 10 outings, but reigning american league mvp jose altuve had four hits in saturday's setback and is 6-for-9 in the past two contests with five multi-hit games in his last seven.

tv: 1:10 p.m. et, mlb network, at&t sportsnet southwest (houston), sportstime ohio (cleveland)

pitching matchup: astros rh gerrit cole (5-1, 1.86 era) vs. indians rh trevor bauer (4-3, 2.35)

cole is unbeaten in his last five appearances after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings with eight strikeouts to beat san francisco on tuesday. the 27-year-old, who boasts 101 strikeouts and 17 walks in 67 2/3 innings this year, has not given up more than three runs in any start and surrendered two or fewer in eight of 10. yonder alonso is 3-for-5 with three rbis versus cole, who gave up three runs in eight innings against cleveland in 2015.
bauer has not permitted a run in his last two outings, yielding 11 hits versus two walks to go along with 16 strikeouts over 14 combined innings. the 27-year-old has struck out 73 in 65 innings overall, giving up three homers and allowing opponents to bat just .214 against him. yuli gurriel is 4-for-8 with a home run while evan gattis and brian mccann have each gone deep twice versus bauer, who owns a 2.89 era in his career against the astros.

walk-offs

1. gurriel has hit safely in seven of the last eight games overall and is 20-for-59 in his career against cleveland.

2. the indians placed lhp andrew miller on the 10-day disabled list saturday with right knee inflammation.

3. astros ss carlos correa is 6-for-17 with four rbis and three runs scored during a four-game hitting streak.

prediction: astros 3, indians 1
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

the st. louis cardinals seek their first series win in three weeks when they visit the pittsburgh pirates for the rubber match of a three-game set sunday afternoon. jack flaherty threw six solid innings and matt carpenter slugged a home run in the cardinals' 4-1 win in saturday's contest, which snapped their three-game slide.

jose martinez added three hits for st. louis, which is 0-2-3 over its last five series. the win did not come without issue, however, as cardinals outfielder dexter fowler left saturday's game in the fourth inning after being hit on the knee with a pitch and he will be re-evaluated sunday. miles mikolas gets the nod in the finale for the cardinals looking to follow up his first career shutout last monday against kansas city. jameson taillon goes for the hosts as he aims to snap an eight-start streak without a win.

tv: 1:35 p.m. et, fs midwest (st. louis), at&t sportsnet pittsburgh

pitching matchup: cardinals rh miles mikolas (6-0, 2.24 era) vs. pirates rh jameson taillon (2-4, 4.56)

mikolas threw 109 pitches and struck out a career-high nine in the 6-0 win over the royals in his last turn. it marked the seventh straight start in which he has allowed two runs or fewer and left the 29-year-old with the best record in the national league. mikolas received a no-decision after tossing seven innings of two-run ball at pittsburgh on april 27.

after opening 2-0 with a 0.89 era through his first three starts, taillon is 0-4 with a 6.97 era in his last seven. he gave up six runs in six innings in a loss at cincinnati on tuesday, although he did strike out eight and walk just one. the former first-round pick is 1-1 with a 4.50 era in five career starts against the cardinals.

walk-offs

1. pirates rhp ivan nova, who is scheduled to start tuesday, has a sprained left index finger and could be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

2. the cardinals placed rhp greg holland (hip) on the dl.

3. pirates cf starling marte is batting .425 during his 10-game hitting streak.

prediction: cardinals 5, pirates 3
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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

the philadelphia phillies find themselves atop the national league east this "late" in the season for the first time since they won the division in 2011, and they can thank their stellar play at home for their accomplishment. a winner of an nl-best 19 home contests, philadelphia (29-20) bids to continue that trend against former phillie j.a. happ and the visiting toronto blue jays (24-28) on sunday afternoon.

aaron nola took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and nick williams belted his third pinch-hit homer of the season in the eighth in saturday's 2-1 win for philadelphia, which has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games on the heels of a 7-1 stretch. maikel franco has answered an 0-for-11 run by going 5-for-13 in his last four games, highlighted by his solo homer saturday. versatile russell martin, who made his first career start at shortstop, ended nola's bid for a no-hitter with an rbi single in the seventh. the 35-year-old has answered an 0-for-14 stretch with a hit in three straight while plating a run in back-to-back contests for the blue jays, who have dropped 10 of their last 13.

tv: 1:35 p.m. et, sportsnet (toronto), tva sports, nbcs philadelphia

pitching matchup: blue jays lh j.a. happ (6-3, 3.97) vs. phillies rh nick pivetta (4-2, 3.23)

happ has dominated the team with which he spent parts of three seasons, posting a 4-0 career mark with a 1.11 era while limiting philadelphia to a .174 batting average. the 35-year-old recorded his second straight victory on tuesday after permitting two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 5-3 triumph over the los angeles angels. happ fanned just five batters in that contest but is averaging a career-high 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings this season.
pivetta has answered a disastrous start on may 4 with three straight victories, highlighted by monday's performance in which he scattered four hits over seven innings in a 3-0 triumph versus atlanta. the 25-year-old british columbia native has allowed just one run on 10 hits while striking out 25 batters against two walks during his winning streak. pivetta, who will make his first career appearance versus toronto, flustered current blue jays curtis granderson (0-for-4) and yangervis solarte (0-for-3) in a small sample size.

walk-offs

1. toronto cf kevin pillar has hits in back-to-back games after going 0-for-17 in his previous six contests.

2. philadelphia rf aaron altherr is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in his last three games.

3. blue jays 3b josh donaldson has four doubles and scored three runs during his five-game hitting streak.

prediction: blue jays 4, phillies 1
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New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

The Milwaukee Brewers hope to ride the momentum after their best offensive performance of the season when they go for the series victory Sunday afternoon against the visiting New York Mets. The Brewers recorded season highs in hits (19), winning margin and runs scored during their 17-6 destruction of the Mets on Saturday as they won for the second straight game after being shut out in the series opener Thursday.

Lorenzo Cain had three hits and scored three times Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games (10-for-24) for Milwaukee, while Travis Shaw posted two more hits and is 6-for-12 with a pair of homers, three walks and seven RBIs in the past three contests. Jhoulys Chacin looks to continue his solid pitching when he takes the mound for the Brewers in the series finale and Zack Wheeler hopes to get some reward for another strong outing when he starts for the Mets. New York posted 12 hits Saturday and had a 5-3 lead early on before getting pounded in the middle innings to lose for the fourth time in five contests. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has homered in back-to-back games and is 4-for-12 in the series, while infielder Wilmer Flores is 5-for-13 the last three games with three RBIs.

TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.32 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.32)

Wheeler is winless in four straight games despite allowing one earned run in two of them, including Tuesday when he a suffered a 5-1 loss to Miami. The 27-year-old Georgia native owns four quality starts over his eight outings in 2018 but just two in his last six trips to the mound. Hernan Perez is 2-for-3 with a double versus Wheeler, who is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three turns against Milwaukee.

Chacin gave up two hits, four walks and struck out six across five scoreless innings Tuesday for his second straight no-decision. The 30-year-old Venezuelan has permitted two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight outings after struggling in the first three of 2018. Conforto is 5-for-12 with a homer against Chacin, who is 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) versus the Mets.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York OF Brandon Nimmo belted his fourth homer Saturday, added a walk and boasts a team-best .429 on-base percentage.

2. Milwaukee C Erik Kratz had a single and a solo homer in five at-bats during his first game with the team Saturday.

3. Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez is just 2-for-12 in the series but is batting .390 in his career at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

PREDICTION: Mets 5, Brewers 4
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Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

given how well shin-soo choo has been seeing the ball lately, it is more than a bit ironic he put his name in the record book on what was little more than an educated guess. one day after hitting a milestone home run, choo looks to lead the texas rangers to their second straight series victory sunday when they wrap up a four-game home set with the kansas city royals.

choo is 9-for-27 with 14 walks over the last nine contests and has clubbed solo homers in each of his past two games, including his third career walk-off blast in the 10th inning in saturday's 4-3 victory to give him 176 for his career and pass hideki matsui for the most home runs by an asian-born player in major-league history. "it was tough seeing the ball. ... the ball was really dark (because of shadows covering the infield) and i couldn't see the spin. but it was a 3-1 count so i looked in just one area and swung hard," choo told reporters. while texas has won four of five, kansas city dropped back-to-back contests after a three-game winning streak to fall back into last place in the american league central. the royals went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the setback, but they are still only batting .197 in such situations over the last eight contests.

tv: 3:05 p.m. et, fs kansas city, fs southwest (texas)

pitching matchup: royals rh jason hammel (1-5, 5.70 era) vs. rangers lh cole hamels (3-4, 3.38)

hammel ended a run in which he dropped his last eight decisions dating back to last season with tuesday's victory in st. louis, yielding one run on nine hits while striking out six in seven frames. the outing ended a brutal five-game stretch in which he went 0-4 and surrendered a total of 29 runs (28 earned) over 27 2/3 innings. choo (5-for-14) and nomar mazara (2-for-6) are hitting at least .333 against hammel, who is 1-3 with a 4.66 era in eight appearances (six starts) versus texas.
hamels extended his unbeaten streak to four starts after opening the season 1-4 with tuesday's win over the new york yankees, striking out seven over as many innings while giving up a pair of solo homers among the four hits he allowed. the four-time all-star has permitted two earned runs or fewer in each of his last five turns, posting a 2.08 era over that span. salvador perez (0-for-11) is one of several royals who have struggled versus hamels, who is 3-1 with a 2.86 era in five starts against kansas city.

walk-offs

1. royals 2b whit merrifield is 5-for-13 with three doubles - one in each game - and four rbis in this series.

2. three of the rangers' four wins over the last five contests have come when the opposing team scored first. they went 2-22 over their first 24 such games.

3. kansas city placed lhp eric skoglund (left ulnar collateral ligament sprain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled lhp eric stout from triple-a omaha on saturday.

prediction: rangers 5, royals 1
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Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

27th May 2018 by Gracenote

with scooter gennett's campaign for national league player of the month in its final push, the second baseman is starting to pull away from the field. the 28-year-old is hitting .392 with eight home runs and 22 rbis this month for the cincinnati reds, who visit the colorado rockies on sunday for the rubber match of their three-game series.

gennett bolstered his candidacy saturday with five hits, including a solo homer, as the reds held on for a 6-5 victory. jared hughes, filling in for injured closer raisel iglesias, worked out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning for his third save this season and the seventh of his career. colorado has lost five of its last seven games but received a spark on saturday from rookie second baseman ryan mcmahon, who was recalled from triple-a albuquerque prior to the contest and went 2-for-4 from the seventh spot in the order. mcmahon is expected to start again sunday in place of dj lemahieu, who has missed the last 11 games due to a sprained left thumb but hit in the batting cage saturday and hopes to return in the next 2-3 weeks.

tv: 3:10 p.m. et, fs ohio (cincinnati), at&t sportsnet-rocky mountain (colorado)

pitching matchup: reds rh matt harvey (1-2, 5.49 era) vs. rockies rh german marquez (3-5, 4.62)

harvey earned his first victory in three starts with his new team on tuesday, allowing one run and three hits over six innings against pittsburgh. "it was a good step for me," harvey told reporters. "i think there were times this year when i didn't think i was going to get another win in the big leagues. it was good to get one on the board." ian desmond is 6-for-22 with a home run against harvey, who is 2-1 with a 1.88 era in four career starts versus colorado.
marquez turned in his best outing of the season on monday, holding the los angeles dodgers to one run and two hits over seven frames in a 2-1 victory. "it was my tempo, my aggressiveness," marquez told reporters. "i was able to stay in the moment, one pitch at a time." the 23-year-old venezuelan owns a 2.06 era in six starts on the road this season but has struggled at coors field, going 0-3 with a 10.34 era in four turns.

walk-offs

1. colorado 3b nolan arenado has reached base safely in 33 of his last 34 games.

2. the reds opened the season with a 3-15 record but are 16-19 under interim mgr jim riggleman.

3. the rockies optioned inf pat valaika to albuquerque to make room for mcmahon.

prediction: rockies 7, reds 5
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

26th May 2018 by Gracenote

after receiving a brief glimmer of hope, the arizona diamondbacks are back to looking for answers on how to win on the road. arizona attempts to bounce back from a futile performance as it concludes a dismal nine-game trek sunday against the oakland athletics.

the diamondbacks lost seven straight both overall and on the road before recording a dominant victory in the series opener but were silenced by daniel mengden on saturday, notching only a pair of singles in a 3-0 setback. arizona is 1-7 on the road trip and has lost 14 of its last 16 overall contests. mengden tossed his second career complete game - and shutout - as he improved to 2-11 lifetime at oakland coliseum while the athletics raised their record to 2-3 on their 10-game homestand. oakland managed only five hits saturday, but all went for extra bases - including solo homers by matt joyce, matt olson and chad pinder.

tv: 4:05 p.m. et, fs arizona, nbcs california (oakland)

pitching matchup: diamondbacks rh zack greinke (3-3, 3.71 era) vs. athletics rh frankie montas (2017: 1-1, 7.03)

greinke had his four-start unbeaten streak halted last time out, as he served up a season-high three homers en route to yielding four runs over six innings in a loss at milwaukee on monday. the 34-year-old floridian did register nine strikeouts, marking the fourth time he has reached that total in 10 turns this season. greinke has had success against oakland in his career, going 6-1 with a 3.12 era in 15 appearances (11 starts).

montas is expected to be recalled from triple-a nashville to make his third major-league start - and first for oakland - in order to give trevor cahill an extra day of rest. the 25-year-old montas came out of the bullpen for the athletics last season after going 0-2 in two starts and five relief appearances for the chicago white sox in 2015. the dominican, who never has faced arizona, has gone 1-5 with one complete game and a 4.39 era in nine turns for the sounds this year.

walk-offs

1. athletics ss marcus semien doubled on saturday to avoid going hitless in back-to-back contests for the first time this season.

2. arizona has scored fewer than three runs six times over the first eight games of its road trip.

3. oakland placed santiago casilla (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list, optioned josh lucas to nashville and recalled fellow rhps chris bassitt and carlos ramirez from the sounds.

prediction: diamondbacks 11, athletics 3
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Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners Preview and Predictions 05-27-2018

27th May 2018 by Gracenote

the seattle mariners attempt to extend their home winning streak to six games when they host the minnesota twins on sunday for the finale of their three-game series. seattle won the final three contests of its four-game home set against detroit last weekend and has taken the first two of this matchup, including a 4-3 triumph in 12 innings on saturday.

jean segura belted a solo homer and nelson cruz added a two-run shot in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit, but minnesota forged a tie before mike zunino went deep with two outs in the 12th to give the mariners their seventh victory in eight overall contests. seattle has played six consecutive one-run games, going 5-1 while scoring a total of only 16 runs, and have recorded a major league-high 15 wins in such contests (15-8) this season. minnesota has lost three straight following a three-game winning streak, producing a total of five runs during the slide. max kepler recorded two hits and an rbi in saturday's setback and is 4-for-8 with a homer and two rbis over the first two games of the series.

tv: 4:10 p.m. et, fs north (minnesota), root northwest (seattle)

pitching matchup: twins rh jose berrios (5-4, 3.82 era) vs. mariners rh mike leake (4-3, 5.46)

berrios is coming off back-to-back home victories in which he allowed three runs and five hits while registering 19 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings. the 24-year-old puerto rican struggled in his last turn away from home, yielding five runs over 5 1/3 frames in a loss to the los angeles angels that raised his road era to 5.18. berrios is 1-1 with a 4.97 era in two career starts against seattle after surrendering five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a home setback on april 7.
leake notched the victory opposite berrios in that matchup but has won only two of his eight starts since, as he settled for a no-decision at oakland on tuesday after giving up two runs - one earned - and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. the 30-year-old californian has gone 0-2 in four turns at home after defeating cleveland at safeco field in his season debut on april 1. leake is 1-0 with a 5.82 era in three career starts against the twins.

walk-offs

1. mariners rhp nick vincent left saturday's contest in the eighth inning with a groin strain while segura exited a frame later after being kicked in the helmet while sliding into second base.

2. minnesota could be without of byron buxton, who exited saturday's game in the sixth inning after crashing into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch.

3. seattle rhp alex colome will be available for the series finale while of denard span is expected to be in monday's lineup against texas after both were acquired from tampa bay on friday.

prediction: twins 5, mariners 3
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