The Yankees and Indians are playing a double header this afternoon, making up games rained out in April. There aren’t expected to be any weather problems in the rest of the games, although it will be cold in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee Brewers (+135) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-146, 7 O/U )
Marco Estrada takes the mound tonight for the road team Milwaukee Brewers. He is 2-2 on the year with a 6.05 ERA. The Brewers bumped Estrada by two days to allow for an extra bullpen session between starts. He has allowed 13 earned runs and four home runs over his past two starts, and felt “lost” while walking five Cardinals on May 5.. The Pittsburgh Pirates will send A.J. Burnett out as their starter; he has a 4-4 record so far in 2013. The Pirates have scored merely four runs in the four starts by Burnett that didn’t result in a victory. His ERA in those games (23 innings) is 3.13. Right-handed hitters are batting .141 with 39 strikeouts in 92 at-bats against him this season. The game time temperature will be 51°F with winds blowing out to right field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 36%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.
New York Mets (+171) at St. Louis Cardinals (-186, 7.5 O/U )
Jeremy Hefner, 0-4 with a 4.24 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the New York Mets in their road matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Coming off one of the best starts of his career, Hefner was noticeably less sharp last time out against the White Sox. He still kept the Mets within striking distance, which is all they can ask for in his debut meeting with the Cardinals. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the home team. Lynn’s 10-game winning streak ended in his last start, though he gave up only two runs on four hits in seven innings. Lynn entered the game leading the league in run support. He’s finished the seventh in four straight outings. Forecasts are calling for 69°F temperatures with winds blowing from right to left field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 40%. No rain is expected in this game.
Colorado Rockies (+111) at Chicago Cubs (-120, 8 O/U )
Travis Wood is the scheduled starter for the Chicago Cubs. He has a 4-3 record in 2013 with a 2.33 ERA. Wood has thrown seven consecutive quality starts to open the season, the first Cubs lefty to do so since Johnny Schmitz in 1948. Wood is one of four Cubs starters with an ERA under 3.09. He’s 0-1 in three games (two starts) vs. the Rockies. His opponent on the mound will be Juan Nicasio. Nicasio has a 4.72 ERA with a 1.4 WHIP, and is 3-0 on the season. Nicasio, with a couple of pitchers at Triple-A nipping at his heels, gave up a homer to the Yankees’ Vernon Wells in the first inning but settled down and gave up just two runs and two hits in five innings of a no-decision in his last start. Temperatures are expected to be around 55°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 37%, with the wind blowing out to left field at 8 mph.
Atlanta Braves (-101) at Arizona Diamondbacks (-107, 8 O/U )
Mike Minor takes the mound tonight for the road team Atlanta Braves. He is 4-2 on the year with a 2.96 ERA. Minor tossed seven innings Wednesday at Cincinnati to pick up his fourth win, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.. The Arizona Diamondbacks will send Wade Miley out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. Miley rebounded after two poor starts to allow just two runs over 7 2/3 innings against the Dodgers last time out. His command was much better as he did not walk a batter and threw 75 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Expect the roof to be closed to the 99 degree temps expected.
Washington Nationals (-123) at Los Angeles Dodgers (+114, 7 O/U )
Jordan Zimmermann, 6-1 with a 1.59 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals in their road matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his last start, Zimmermann pitched seven innings, allowed one run on seven hits, struck out seven batters and walked two to become the first six-game winner in the National League. Josh Beckett will take the mound for the home team. Beckett is winless in seven starts for the first time in his 13-year career. He hasn’t given up a homer this month after allowing eight in April. The right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits in his last start. The game time temperature will be 81°F with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.
Houston Astros (+254) at Detroit Tigers (-280, 8 O/U )
Anibal Sanchez is the scheduled starter for the Detroit Tigers. He has a 3-4 record in 2013 with a 1.97 ERA. No American League pitcher has a lower ERA without a winning record than Sanchez, who has lost three out of his last four outings despite six consecutive quality starts. Detroit scored four runs total in those three losses. Nothing like facing the Astros to improve the numbers. His opponent on the mound will be Bud Norris. Norris has a 3.4 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP, and is 4-3 on the season. Norris is coming off arguably his best game in the Majors, pitching into the ninth inning for the first time in his career. Still, he continues to struggle on the road. He’s 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA away from home this year. Forecasts are calling for 53°F temperatures with winds blowing out to left field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.
Chicago White Sox (-115) at Minnesota Twins (+106, 8 O/U )
Hector Santiago takes the mound tonight for the road team Chicago White Sox. He is 1-0 on the year with a 0.73 ERA. Matt Harvey yielded one seventh-inning hit in nine innings Tuesday and still didn’t beat the White Sox because of Santiago. The southpaw hurled seven scoreless in front of friends and family, striking out eight.. The Minnesota Twins will send Pedro Hernandez out as their starter; he has a 3-1 record so far in 2013. Hernandez turned in his worst-career outing on Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he lasted just two innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he’ll remain in the rotation despite his recent struggles. Don’t be too sure of that. Prospect Kyle Gibson is ready to go down at AAA for the Twins. The game time temperature will be 67°F with winds blowing in from right field at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 43%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.
Kansas City Royals (+117) at LAA Angels (-127, 9 O/U )
Luis Mendoza, 0-2 with a 7.06 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in their road matchup with the LAA Angels. Mendoza was better than his numbers Wednesday in Baltimore, where he gave up five runs in six frames. Two runs were unearned as he was hurt by three errors and his own wild pitch in one inning. He is regaining his rhythm after being skipped twice in the rotation due to rainouts. Joe Blanton will take the mound for the home team. Blanton has pitched a lot better than his ERA and record show, notching three straight quality starts while giving up nine runs (eight earned) in 20 2/3 innings in that span. He limited the Astros to three runs in six innings on Wednesday in a loss. Forecasts are calling for 83°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 6 mph. The humidity will be around 34%. No rain is expected in this game.
Texas Rangers (+110) at Oakland Athletics (-119, 8 O/U )
A.J. Griffin is the scheduled starter for the Oakland Athletics. He has a 4-3 record in 2013 with a 3.83 ERA. Griffin lost after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings vs. the Indians on Wednesday. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over his past two starts. His opponent on the mound will be Justin Grimm. Grimm has a 3.45 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP, and is 2-2 on the season. Grimm allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. All five runs came in the first and opponents are hitting .346 off him in that inning. Grimm is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in his last two starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 67°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 68%, with the wind blowing out to right field at 11 mph.