Saturday MLB Handicapper Report

Saturday MLB Handicapper Report – (Complete)

Baltimore Orioles

  • Baltimore would capture its first road series victory of the year with a win today or tomorrow.  The Orioles are 0-9-1 in road series since September 11-13, 2009.
  • The Orioles are now 13-12 in the all-time series against Washington.  They won the season series in 2009, 4-2, taking two of three in D.C.
  • OF Adam Jones has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-53 and raising his average from .218 to .254.
  • Baltimore is 10-20 this year against right-handed starters (-710).  The team has compiled a .257 batting average against righties while scoring 3.7 runs per game.
  • Pitching staff has allowed at least one run in the eighth inning or later in 24 of their 43 games this season.  The Orioles have allowed the tying or go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning or later 10 times.
  • SP Brad Bergesen has allowed just 22 runners in 19.1 innings in his last three starts, compared to 27 runners in 10.1 innings of work in his first three starts of the season.
  • Bergesen is just 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA in his career away from Camden Yards.

Chicago Cubs

  • After going 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Cubs have batted .188 (3-for-16) with RISP the last two games.  The Under is a perfect 2-0 when Chicago is a road underdog of +125 to +150 this season.
  • OF’s Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano have combined for 46 extra-base hits this year, tied for second among NL teammates.  Philadelphia’s Jayson Werth and Chase Utley lead with 50.
  • The Cubs are 90-98 (.479) all-time in interleague play since it began in 1997.  Over the last three years, Chicago is 12-19 against the AL (-910).
  • Ready to face two opposing left-handed starters to finish out the season.  Cubs’ batters are hitting .277 off left-handed pitching this season, compared to .263 off righties.  Chicago is 14-16 against right-handed starters and 5-8 against southpaws (-800).
  • SP Randy Wells is looking to snap a two-game skid, as he’s gone 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.  This is far different from the right-hander’s 3-0 mark and 3.45 ERA in April.

Chicago White Sox

  • Chicago has won six of its last seven and 17 of their last 26 interleague games.
  • The White Sox rank 23rd in the majors with an average of 4.22 runs/game (4.1 rpg at home).  Chicago has scored three runs or less 19 times this season (1-18).
  • National League designated hitters are hitless in their last 18 at-bats at U.S. Cellular Field.
  • After posting a 6.85 ERA in 18 games from 4/21-5/9, the bullpen has made nine straight scoreless appearances (16IP).
  • Hitters are 25-for-71 (.352) with runners in scoring position in their last nine games.  Chicago ranks 29th in the majors with a .232 average with RISP in 2010, ahead of only Baltimore (.225)
  • 1B Paul Konerko ranks fifth all-time with 46 interleague home runs.
  • SP Gavin Floyd is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven career interleague starts, allowing one earned run or less in five of the seven starts. 

Colorado Rockies

  • Following last night’s loss, the Rockies are now 1-4 on this current road trip and 9-15 overall away from Coors Field (-650).
  • Colorado is 1-5 on the road with the moneyline at -100 to -125 this season (-480) and 9-26 in this situation the last three years (-2,020)
  • Since 2006, Colorado has the best winning percentage during interleague play among all NL teams at .609 (39-25).  The Rockies are the only NL team to have a winning record against the AL since 2006.
  • Team has compiled a 13-15 record against right-handed starters this season (-410).  This number isn’t far off from their 124-127 record over the last three seasons (-1,018).
  • Colorado SP Jeff Francis is seeking his first major league win since 8/25/08 at San Francisco.  He has just one win since 6/23/08.
  • Opposing hitters are 0-for-8 against Francis with RISP to begin the 2010 season.

Detroit Tigers

  • The Tigers have compiled a 52-21 (.721) during interleague play since the start of the 2006 season.  This mark is second-best to only the Minnesota Twins at 54-19 (.740).  Over the last three seasons, Detroit is 23-14 against the National League (+690).
  • OF Magglio Ordonez is hitting .332 with 33 HR and 137 RBI in 168 games during interleague play.  He is fourth among active players in batting average.
  • Starting pitchers have compiled a 5-4 record and 3.34 ERA over the club’s last 10 games.
  • Through the club’s first 42 games this season, the bullpen has compiled an 11-4 record and 2.45 ERA.  The relievers lead the AL in ERA, while placing second with 139.2 total innings pitched.
  • SP Armando Galarraga is 4-2 with a 4.61 ERA in eight career interleague starts.  He enters the game with a 3-1 record and 2.22 ERA in four career starts against the NL West.
  • The Tigers have produced an 11-5 record following a loss this season (+840).

Florida Marlins

  • The Marlins were shut out for the first time this season, falling to the White Sox, 8-0 in Chicago.  Florida was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  The team is 7-10 after getting shutout in the last three years (-140)
  • Florida is 12-15 on the year against right-handed starters (-500).  The Marlins have gone over the total in 15 out of 27 games against righties this year.
  • Produced an 11-9 record this month, giving the team two more wins than they had in all of May last season, when they went 9-20.  The Marlins are 36-40 in May the last three seasons (-310).
  • Florida is a combined 7-4 on the weekend this season, while going 15-17 during the regular work week.
  • For the month, the Marlins pitching staff has the fifth-lowest ERA in the Majors at 3.39 (6-11 O/U).
  • SP Chris Volstad is making his fourth career interleague start and appearance, holding a 1-1 record and 7.47 ERA.  This will be his third interleague road start, going 0-1 with a 9.31 ERA in those games.
  • Volstad is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA during the day this season.  The Marlins are 6-7 overall during the day in 2010 (-130) and 53-50 over the last three seasons (+630).

Los Angeles Angels

  • The Angels are 5-3 (+271) in their last eight games after a 3-10 losing streak. 
  • Los Angeles started the season 4-2 on the road, but is 4-11 in their last 15 away from Angel Stadium.
  • Earned the top interleague record last season at 14-4 and have the second-best interleague record since 2000 (108-73).  The Angels went 8-1 on the road versus NL teams last season.
  • Offense hit .297 with 118 runs and 29 HR in 18 games against the National League last year, leading MLB in all three categories.
  • Pitching staff has given up 50 home runs this season, most by an AL team (3rd-most in MLB)
  • SP Scott Kazmir is 5-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 13 career interleague starts.
  • Kazmir is allowing left-handed batters to hit .520 (13-for-25) against him this season, compared to just .230 in his career.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • The Brewers fell to the Twins, 15-3, last night in their debut at Target Field.  The team set season highs for runs allowed in a game (15) and largest margin of defeat.
  • Milwaukee is 12-12 on the road this season (+70), going 3-4-1 in series play.
  • Offense ranks third in the league with 217 runs scored, just behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (228) and Philadelphia Phillies (224).  The Brewers have averaged 5.8 runs per game on the road this season and 5.3 runs against right-handed starters overall.
  • SP Yovani Gallardo is 12-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 32 games, including 30 starts on the road.  The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.86 ER in five starts this season away from Miller Park (+50).

San Francisco Giants

  • The Giants have a combined 18-7 record against NL East, Central and Interleague opponents this season, but have gone just 4-12 against the NL West this season.
  • Offense went hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position last night and are batting .169 (10-for-59) in those situations over the last six games.  Enter today’s game with a .236 average with RISP, which ranks last in the NL.
  • IF Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in his last seven games, batting .357 with 3 RBI over that span.
  • Starting pitchers haven’t produced a quality start in the last four games, going 1-3 with a 7.94 ERA.  The Giants are 3-12 this year when the starter fails to log a quality outing.
  • Bullpen has been knocked around for 14 runs in 15.1 innings of work during the first five games of this road trip.
  • San Francisco went 9-6 during interleague play last season and has gone 15-19 over the last three years (-350).
  • SP Matt Cain is 2-4 with a 2.89 ERA and a .173 average against in six career games against Oakland.  He has posted a 1.88 ERA over his last three outings against them.  The Giants have posted a 2-4 record in his six starts against them (-250).

St. Louis Cardinals

  • St. Louis has won four of their last five games at home and are tied for second in the National League with a .667 (14-7) home winning percentage (-10).
  • Tallied nine runs in the first three innings last night.  The last time the Cards scored more than eight runs in the first three frames was 9/28/08.
  • The Cardinals boast a .529 (101-90) all-time winning percentage in interleague play, ranking second-best among NL teams behind Florida (.545).
  • SP Kyle Lohse is making his ninth start of the season and his 11th career start against the Angels (4-4, 6.19).  He last faced the Angels in 2007 and lost 6-3 as a member of the Reds, going 7 innings and allowing four runs.
  • Lohse is 6-13 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 career interleague starts (28 appearances).  He won his last such start against Kansas City, tossing eight scoreless frames.
  • Team is a perfect 2-0 this season as a home favorite of -125 to -150.

Washington Nationals

  • The Nationals have dropped seven of their last eight games after producing a 20-15 record in their first 35 games of the season.  Washington has averaged just 3.1 runs per game over that span (1-7 O/U).
  • Washington is 43-48 all-time in interleague play.  Since the franchise’s return to DC in 2005, the Nationals have played better ball against AL opponents (.473) than against the NL (.422).
  • Looking to post its first winning interleague season since going 12-6 in 2006.
  • Scheduled to face two more right-handers this weekend (Bergesen, Milwood), with the team producing a 16-15 record when facing righty starters this season (+670).
  • The Nationals have scored the game’s first run an NL-best 28 times in 43 games this season.  Texas leads the AL (28) in this category, with Minnesota and San Diego just behind with 27.
  • SP Craig Stammen has struggled early in games, having pitched scoreless ball just twice in a game’s first two innings.  The right-hander has given up 30 runs this season, with 17 coming in the first two frames.
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