Updated: Jun 4
The Mets tried, just need better pitching to beat the Dodgers. Every FRIDAY it's Winners and Losers. I love to play trends, teams on win streaks vs teams on losing streaks!
White Sox (23-26) vs Tampa Bay 30-21
The Soxs lost 3-in-a-row all to Toronoto on the road AND they are 12-13 with road games
The Rays have Won 2-in-a-row!
Shane McClanahan gets the start for the Rays, his 11th of the season. He is 5-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings pitched.The lefty’s last time out was on Sunday against the New York Yankees, when he went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while allowing seven hits. In 10 games this season, the 25-year-old has put up an ERA of 2.01, with 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .195 against him.
McClanahan is seeking his fifth straight quality start. The 25-year-old ranks ninth in ERA (2.01), seventh in WHIP (.909), and second in K/9 (12.5) among qualifying pitchers in MLB play this season. White Sox Vince Velasquez (2-3) takes the mound for his eighth start this season. The right-hander’s last appearance came in relief on Wednesday, May 25 when he threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen against the Boston Red Sox without allowing a hit. The 29-year-old has an ERA of 5.30, a 2.357 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.402 in eight games this season. Velasquez has not earned a quality start in seven starts this season.
TAKE: RAYS -120 WIN 6-3
Cleveland Guardians (22-24) and Baltimore Orioles (22-31)
Hey, Cleveland Rocks! They have won 3-in-a-row!
Baltimore lost their last game
Shane Bieber gets the start for the Guardians, his 10th of the season. He is (2-3) with a 3.19 ERA and 51 strikeouts through 53 2/3 innings pitched. In his last time out on Saturday, the righty went 8 2/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing one earned run while surrendering eight hits. The 27-year-old has an ERA of 3.19, with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings, in nine games this season. The 27-year-old ranks 28th in ERA (3.19), 37th in WHIP (1.211), and 22nd in K/9 (8.6) among qualifying pitchers in MLB play this season. Bruce Zimmermann (2-3) will take to the mound for the Orioles and make his 11th start of the season. The left-hander last pitched on Sunday, when he gave up six earned runs and allowed eight hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Boston Red Sox. The 27-year-old has pitched in 10 games this season with an ERA of 4.53, a 3.727 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.297. In 10 starts this season, he’s earned three quality starts.
TAKE: CLEVELAND -130 WIN 6-3
Detroit Tigers (21-30) at New York Yankees (36-15)
Detroit has won 3-in-a-row
The Yankees have won 8-in-a-row
The Yankees will send Gerrit Cole (4-1) out to make his 11th start of the season. He is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings pitched. His last appearance was on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, when the right-hander tossed 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up two hits. The 31-year-old has put together a 3.12 ERA and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Cole enters the outing with six quality starts under his belt this season. Among pitchers who qualify in MLB play this season, the 31-year-old ranks 26th in ERA (3.12), 19th in WHIP (1.040), and fourth in K/9 (11.2).
Elvin Rodriguez will take to the mound for the Tigers (0-0), his third start of the season.
The right-hander last pitched on Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians, throwing 4 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He has an ERA of 6.17, a batting average against of .209 and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings in three games this season. I call this an upset, anytime 2-teams play with win streaks I take the (+) Money line
TAKE: TIGERS +275 LOSS 0-13
Houston Astros (33-18) vs. Kansas City Royals (16-33)
The Astros have won4-in-a-row
TheRoyals have lost 4-in-a-row
The Kansas City Royals have slipped down to the bottom of the standings in the AL Central Division. The Royals are now tied for the worst run differential in major league baseball with a -77 run differential. The Royals come into this weekend series fresh off of a 2-7 road trip, including a sweep in Cleveland. On Wednesday night, the Royals were shut out 4-0 to close out the sweep. The Royals had 7 hits in the game, all singles, and left 9 runners on base.
TAKE: ASTROS -135 WIN 10-3
Arizona Diamondbacks (25-27) at Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27)
Pirates have won 3-in-a-row
Diamondbacks lost their last game
Merrill Kelly (3-3) will take the mound for the Diamondbacks, his 11th start of the season.The right-hander gave up three earned runs and allowed seven hits in five innings pitched against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. The 33-year-old has an ERA of 3.67, a 2.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.352 in 10 games this season. He has started 10 games this season, earning a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer ER) in four of them.
Kelly will look to finish five or more innings for the third start in a row. Among qualified major league pitchers this season, the 33-year-old’s 3.67 ERA ranks 37th, 1.352 WHIP ranks 45th, and 7.8 K/9 ranks 32nd.
The Pirates will send JT Brubaker (0-4) out for his 11th start of the season. He is 0-4 with a 4.15 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched. In his most recent time out on Sunday, the right-hander went five innings against the San Diego Padres, giving up no earned runs while surrendering six hits. The 28-year-old has an ERA of 4.15, with 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 games this season. Opposing hitters have a .229 batting average against him.
Brubaker is trying to collect his second quality start of the season. Brubaker will try to build on a seven-game streak of going five or more innings
TAKE: PIRATES -110 LOSS 6-8
St. Louis Cardinals (29-21) at Wrigley Field vs Chicago Cubs (21-29)
The Cubs have won 3-in-a-row
Cardinals lost their last outing
St. Louis Cardinals will look to Paul Goldschmidt, who is on a 24-game hitting streak, when they play the Chicago Cubs. In one of the best rivalries in baseball, the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals for a four-game set with Friday’s matinee being the second. Marcus Stroman goes for the Cubs, and in his last outing he dazzled against the White Sox with seven innings, three hits, two walks with no earned runs. Miles Mikolas will go for St. Louis and he was not nearly as sharp in his last outing, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and a walk against another rival, the Milwaukee Brewers. Mikolas was solid most of last month, though, posting a 3.77 ERA. Stroman was equally efficient with a 1.50 ERA for the month.
TAKE: CUBS -105 LOSS 5-14
Minnesota Twins (30-23) at Toronto Blue Jays (30-20)
The Twins have lost 3-in-a-row!
Blue Jays are on a hot streak winning 8-in-a-row
The Twins will have Chi Chi Gonzalez on the hill. It will be Chi Chi Gonzalez making his season debut on Friday in place of Sonny Gray. Gonzalez had an abysmal season with the Rockies last year, posting a 6.46 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP to go with a 3-7 record in 101.2 innings of action. The veteran right-hander was solid in Triple-A this year, recording a 3.44 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has allowed three runs on four hits in six career innings against the Blue Jays. Any way you look at it, it don't look good for the Twins.
TAKE: BLUE JAYS -200 LOSS 3-9
The San Diego Padres (30-20) at Milwaukee Brewers (32-20)
THIS IS A NO BRAINER! Take the pitcher that's undefeated!
Joe Musgrove starts for Padres with a 5-0 record and a 1.86 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Corbin Burnes will start for the Brewers he is 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season.
TAKE: PADRES +125 WIN 6-0
OTHER GREAT BETS
Los Angeles Angels (27-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (22-29)
TAKE: PHILLIES -120 WIN 10-0
Boston Red Sox (24-27) at Oakland Athletics (19-33)
TAKE: RED SOX -165
Washington Nationals (18-35) at Cincinnati Reds (18-32)
TAKE: REDS -125 LOSS 5-8