Let's drop the hammer on the Rangers tonight. Minor has been a cash machine. Skaggs has given up 14 runs in his last 14 innings of work. Texas continues their run with 5 straight wins, Texas +111 is best bet on the board tonight.
I like hudson as long as a team doesn't have a lot of power lefties. The braves have freeman and Ozzie (who's going through a sophmore slump and batting in the 8 hole because of it) and that's about it. Hudson has an elite ground ball rate and can get out of trouble. Soroka is just pitching unreal right now and he's already mowed this cards lineup about a week ago. the line crept up half a run but I like the under, I just don't see a team exploding today and this is a decent pitcher park.50%
I didn't catch last nights game but when I watched the highlights I could only shake my head. Today could be a moment for the Giants season. The whole team looked bad and if they don't come out with fire today from being embarrassed and they were embarrassed they have more problems than meets the eye. They have some players out but still.60%
The Cubs quietly found their swing, it hasn't helped Darvish yet but I think it will today. Cubs at home for the W.70%
Happ is right where I thought he'd be for this time of year. I do think he will start getting better as the season develops. I wish he were a 7 innings type guy but maybe later. I feel bad for pitchers like Junis and Sale, they are pretty good with no backup and the same problem exist for him today. I think New York clears this but we should have some runs.70%
I was watching MLB quick pitch and kind of had it on in the background. then I heard something that really caught my attention when they asked "can you tell me what team has the longest win streak in the MLB right now?". Naturally I wanted to see who and I was blown away it was the marlins. I guess I missed a few games during that stretch where i could have scored some great value. The nats won in a crazy ass game yesterday and I think they keep it going tonight. I say this because Alcantara has a run and a half difference between his ERA and SIERA which means he has some regression coming and on the other side Corbin has a lower SIERA than his ERA by a small percentage. Corbins difference doesn't really mean much but the fact that both his ERA/SIERA is hovering around 3 means he's been pretty solid and this is just a great match up for him. I hate betting on the Nats when they are large favorites but everything in this game screams a Nationals win50%
This is a very quick turnaround for the D-backs after a Friday game that dragged on forever due to Arizona not being able to stop scoring. This total of 8 got my attention today because we've got 2 inexperienced pitchers dueling today. The Diamondbacks are dialed in after 21 hits and 18 runs last night, and the San Francisco Giants have shown flashes here and there of improved offense. There should be enough carryover from last night to get us over this reasonable total, especially with two inexperienced pitchers on the hill.70%
The White Sox had a good series against the Astros, but Fridays 11-4 loss to the Twins is further proof that its back to reality for the team. That painful reality will continue on Saturday as Banuelos pitches get smacked around by the Twins bats. Twins win a high scoring game.
San Diego has filled its roster with a bunch of young and newly-acquired talent while the Blue Jays still look like one of the most underwhelming home teams in baseball. IMO San Diego is the better of these two teams and it is not even close.100%
Happ has been pretty solid overall for New York this year, but hes had a couple of real stinker outings as well. In his last game in Baltimore, Happ put up six earned on nine hits in 3.2 innings, and hes given up at least three earned in three of his last four. As for Junis, hes given up 13 earned over his last three starts in a period of 16.2 innings and is 0-3 in that span. KC is fully capable of winning this game if Junis can bounce back, but +120 isn't enough to get me to bite- I have to go with the better team here and thats the Yankees.70%
Dallas Morning News: Chris Woodward thinks Joey Gallo is the Rangers' best position player. What does that mean for his future with the team?
Texas Rangers center fielder Joey Gallo (13) hits a home run during the eighth inning of an MLB game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)
TBO Rays: Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays' game Saturday against Indians
Openers/bulk guys, you're up; a little fun with d'Arnaud; a little grump from Joe West.
* After expected solid showings from Blake Snell and Charlie Morton, the Rays have to wind it up to get through three more days of openers/bulk guys, with Jalen Beeks, Yonny Chirinos and Ryan Yarbrough, who made a solid return from Durham, lined up.
* There can be fun in baseball. After Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud juggled the ball and hung on to make official Francisco Lindor's strikeout in the first, Lindor playfully poked the ball out of his hand, drawing a smile from starter Charlie Morton.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cardinals' uneven offense caught watching as rallies fizzle, slugging slumps
The Cardinals' lineup has produced scads of baserunners and it even boasts the hitter who has the most at-bats with runners in scoring position in the majors. Yet, the Cardinals sag when it comes to slugging in those spots, and on Friday typified their troubles with strikeouts. The Cardinals struck out 11 times in the loss to Atlanta, seven of them looking - and three of them coming in six at-bats with runners in scoring position. Rallies die without contact.
The Cardinals entered Saturday's game with 409 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the fifth-most in the National League and most in the NL Central.
Fansided: Seattle Mariners Should Make These 3 Roster Moves
The first of these many moves is cause for both celebration and a headache. Kyle Seager will be activated from the 60-Day IL today. This means the Mariners will have to make a move on their 25-man roster, as well as the 40-man roster.
This is where we find our first move, as Seager should be activated today, May 25th. There are a few options, but one stands above all others. The first move the team should make is one we wrote about this week:
The roster spot needed on the 25-man and 40-man roster that is the most worthless is Jay Bruce.
Fansided: San Francisco Giants: Is it time to give the opener another try?
It's no secret that the San Francisco Giants shoddy pitching staff has been a big reason the team has been struggling in 2019.
They rank 21st in the league in team ERA, and that can easily be traced to their starting pitching.
The nine players who have made at least one start for the Giants have combined for a 5.09 ERA, which ranks 24th in the majors. Meanwhile, the bullpen has been a clear strength, with a 3.93 ERA that is good for ninth in baseball.
Taking that one step further, only the Baltimore Orioles (-0.
Bucs Dugout: All Hands on Deck: Openers don't work in the minors either
The Pirates' farm system loses three of four as openers fail at both Indy and Altoona.Triple-A
Keone Kela, on the injured list with a sore shoulder, served as the opener in his first appearance of his rehabilitation assignment, and didn't fare any better than the openers in Pittsburgh, as he allowed three first innings runs on two singles, a walk and a homer.
The Indians managed to come back and take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but Pedro Vasquez, making his first Triple-A appearance, got hammered for eight runs in the bottom of that inning, ballooning his season ERA from 3.
Phillies Nation: Phillies put one away late, clinch series victory with 7-2 win over Brewers
This was shaping up to be the type of game that has bedeviled the Philadelphia Phillies all season. Build a lead, fail in chances to put it away. Watch the opposition come back late. Take a small lead into the last inning. Home opponent rallies to a walkoff win against the bullpen.
Three times already this season the opposition has done it. Walked off with a win in their final at-bats. It just happened four days ago in Chicago, for goodness sakes. And here we were again. Phillies build a 4-0 lead. Two on, one out in the top of the 7th inning.
Athletics Nation: Oakland A's DFA Fernando Rodney, call up Wei-Chung Wang
The Oakland A's designated reliever Fernando Rodney for assignment, the team announced Saturday. To take his place on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, lefty reliever Wei-Chung Wang was selected from Triple-A and called up to Oakland.
The A's acquired Rodney last August, and his tenure began with 11 straight scoreless innings that month. However, he collapsed in September and couldn't record an out in the subsequent Wild Card Game. Oakland picked up his contract option over the offseason, but he continued to struggle throughout 2019.
Rodney, 2019: 9.42 ERA, 14u2153 ip, 14 Ks, 12 BB, 2 HR, 5.
CBS: Yankees Overcome Sloppy Play, Hang On To Sweep Doubleheader
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Austin Romine and Cameron Maybin each drove in two in New York's five-run second inning, and the Yankees held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 Saturday night, completing a sweep of a doubleheader for their seventh straight win.
Romine finished with three hits and Maybin also had an RBI single in the third as won both games after severe thunderstorms postponed Friday night's contest.
Combined, the Yankees 7, 8, and 9-hitters went 6-for-10 with five RBI, three walks, and three runs scored. New York's 7-hitter, Gio Urshela, is now hitting .
NY Times: Mets End Wild Week With Comeback Win Over the Tigers
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Needing to play catch-up yet again, the Mets got their biggest swings from catchers Tomas Nido and Wilson Ramos in another dramatic win.
Nido homered against Buck Farmer leading off the 13th inning, Ramos went deep twice, and the Mets beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, on Saturday for another comeback victory during a wild homestand.
Nido -- Ramos's backup, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th -- drove a 2-0 pitch from Farmer (3-4) just beyond a leaping center fielder JaCoby Jones at the wall in right-center field, ending a game full of wasted chances for both teams.