Saturday’s MLB Weather Report

Showers are likely in Baltimore today, with some rain a possibility in Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Atlanta. Wrigley Field will see wind blowing in from right field. However, it won’t be too strong and the day will be a pleasant 75 degrees at game time.

New York Mets (+129) at Chicago Cubs (-140, O/U )

Jeremy Hefner takes the mound tonight for the road team New York Mets. He is 0-4 on the year with a 4.28 ERA. Once again, Hefner gave the Mets a chance to win Monday in St. Louis, allowing three early runs but retiring the final 10 batters he faced. Hefner will be making his second career appearance, and first start, at Wrigley. The Mets have gone over the total in 71% of his starts. The Chicago Cubs will send Scott Feldman out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. Feldman has felt right at home at Wrigley Field, giving up four earned runs over 20 1/3 innings in three games for a 1.77 ERA. He faced the Mets only once in June 2008 and took a loss, giving up six earned runs over five innings. The Cubs have gone over the total in 29% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 74°F temperatures with winds blowing at in from right field 8 mph. The humidity will be around 57%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Cincinnati Reds (+101) at Philadelphia Phillies (-109, 8 O/U )

Bronson Arroyo, 3-4 with a 3.76 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in their road matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. Arroyo had his first scoreless outing in his last start, blanking the Brewers over 6 2/3 innings and dropping his ERA from 4.30 to 3.76. He scattered two runs over eight innings against Philadelphia on April 15. The Reds, 4-4 in his starts, have gone over 38% of the time in those starts. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound for the home team. Kendrick has been the Phillies’ most consistent starter this season and a nice boost to the rotation. He has not allowed more than two runs since his first start of the season on April 5. He has a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts. The Phillies, 6-2 in his starts, have gone over 63% of the time in those starts. The game time temperature will be 70°F with winds blowing out to left field at 10 mph. The humidity will be around 53%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Arizona Diamondbacks (-151) at Miami Marlins (+139, 8 O/U )

Tom Koehler is the scheduled starter for the Miami Marlins. He has a 0-1 record in 2013 with a 4 ERA. Koehler had a solid first start of the season (the second of his career). Although he lost in L.A., he gave up only two runs in five innings, throwing 79 pitches. It was his first start since April 14 with Triple-A New Orleans.  His opponent on the mound will be Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy has a 5.63 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP, and is 0-3 on the season. Eight starts into his tenure in the desert, McCarthy is still searching for his first win with the D-backs. He probably should have gotten it Sunday, when he tossed eight shutout innings against the Phillies only to see the bullpen cough up the lead. The Diamondbacks, 3-5 in his starts, have gone over 57% of the time in those starts. Forecasts are calling for 81°F temperatures with winds blowing in from center field at 8 mph. The humidity will be around 69%. There is a 30% chance of precipitation.

Los Angeles Dodgers (+156) at Atlanta Braves (-170, 8 O/U )

Chris Capuano takes the mound tonight for the road team Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 1-2 on the year with a 8.03 ERA. Capuano earned his first win Sunday, striking out seven and allowing one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings against Miami. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 career appearances against the Braves, including 10 starts. The Dodgers are 1-2 in games started by him, and have gone over all of those games. The Atlanta Braves will send Kris Medlen out as their starter; he has a 2-6 record so far in 2013. After producing two consecutive solid seven-inning efforts to start this month, Medlen matched a career high by allowing three homers in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He has allowed seven homers in his past six starts. The Braves have gone over the total in 38% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 76°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 64%, with the wind blowing out to center at 4 mph.

Milwaukee Brewers (+147) at St. Louis Cardinals (-160, 8 O/U )

Marco Estrada, 3-2 with a 5.32 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in their road matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. Working on seven days’ rest, Estrada held the Pirates to one run and three hits over seven innings to earn his third win on Monday. Estrada had his start pushed back after struggling in his previous two outings, but he was sharp on long rest. The Brewers are 5-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 63% of those games. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the home team. Lynn walked four of the first 10 batters he faced in his last start before settling in and retiring 16 of the final 18 of his outing. It positioned Lynn for the win, making him the second NL starter to reach six wins this year. The Cardinals are 6-2 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 82°F with winds blowing in from right at 7 mph. The humidity will be around 54%. No rain is expected in this game.

Washington Nationals (-139) at San Diego Padres (+128, 6.5 O/U )

Eric Stults is the scheduled starter for the San Diego Padres. He has a 5-3 record in 2013 with a 5 ERA. After walking eight batters in his first seven starts, Stults inexplicably walked five against the Rays the last time out as he battled his command the entire game.  The Padres are 5-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 29% of those games. His opponent on the mound will be Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann has a 1.69 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP, and is 7-1 on the season. In his last start vs. the Dodgers, Zimmermann allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out five batters. He threw 101 pitches while becoming the Majors’ first seven-game winner. He had 83 pitches after seven innings, but grew tired by the eighth. The Nationals are 7-1 in games started by him, and have gone over 29% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 64°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right at 4 mph. The humidity will be around 75%. No rain is expected in this game.

Seattle Mariners (+147) at Cleveland Indians (-160, 8.5 O/U )

Joe Saunders takes the mound tonight for the road team Seattle Mariners. He is 3-4 on the year with a 5.51 ERA. Saunders is 0-4 with a 12.54 ERA in four road games as opposed to 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in four games in Seattle. He’s pitched just once at Cleveland (0-0, 5.40 ERA in 5 innings) in his career, but historically has been a solid road pitcher. The Mariners have gone over the total in 50% of his starts. The Cleveland Indians will send Zach Mcallister out as their starter; he has a 4-3 record so far in 2013. In his last three starts, McAllister is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA. During that time — a span of 20 2/3 innings — the righty has struck out 13 batters and walked five. He’s gone at least five innings in every outing this season. The Indians are 4-3 in games started by him, and have gone over 43% of those games. Temperatures are expected to be around 74°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 51%, with the wind blowing in from right field at 12 mph.

Toronto Blue Jays (+110) at New York Yankees (-119, 8.5 O/U )

Brandon Morrow, 1-2 with a 4.69 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their road matchup with the New York Yankees. Morrow was held back a few days to fully heal his back and neck issues, while getting a turn against a division rival. It’ll be just shy of two weeks since Morrow last took the mound against Seattle, but he said he was good to pitch Wednesday. The Blue Jays are 3-4 in games started by him, and have gone over 71% of those games. David Phelps will take the mound for the home team. Phelps pitched on the wrong end of a shutout his last time out, on May 13 in Cleveland, allowing a run in 6 2/3 innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts this year. The Yankees are 2-1 in games started by him. The game time temperature will be 68°F with winds blowing out to left field at 9 mph. The humidity will be around 45%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Chicago White Sox (+126) at LAA Angels (-137, 9 O/U )

Hector Santiago takes the mound tonight for the road team Chicago White Sox. He is 1-1 on the year with a 2.00 ERA. Santiago had his first rocky outing since being added to the rotation in a 10-3 loss to the Twins on Monday. Only three of the six runs he allowed were earned, but a bumpy third was was enough to derail the offensively challenged White Sox. The White Sox are 1-2 in games started by him, and have gone over 33% of those games. The LAA Angels will send Joe Blanton out as their starter; he has a 0-8 record so far in 2013. Blanton struggled against the Royals in his last start, allowing seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings, snapping a streak of three straight quality starts. He is still seeking his first win as an Angel. The Angels have gone over the total in 63% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 72°F temperatures with winds blowing out to right field at 10 mph. The humidity will be around 55%. No rain is expected in this game.

Boston Red Sox (-128) at Minnesota Twins (+118, 8.5 O/U )

Ryan Dempster, 2-4 with a 3.75 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in their road matchup with the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander will try to recover from his worst start of the season, giving up seven hits, six runs and three homers to the Blue Jays. Opponents are hitting .205 against Dempster this season. The Red Sox are 3-5 in games started by him, and have gone over 38% of those games. Scott Diamond will take the mound for the home team. Diamond gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles on Saturday. He was hurt by the long ball, as he served up three homers despite entering the game having given up just two on the year. Temperatures are expected to be around 84°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 46%, with the wind blowing in from right at 14 mph.

Detroit Tigers (-123) at Texas Rangers (+114, 9.5 O/U )

Justin Grimm is the scheduled starter for the Texas Rangers. He has a 3-3 record in 2013 with a 4 ERA. Grimm is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA in his last three starts. He was the American League Rookie of the Month for April when he went 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts after taking over for Matt Harrison in the rotation. He is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA at home. The Rangers are 3-3 in games started by him. His opponent on the mound will be Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez has a 2.05 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP, and is 4-3 on the season. When Sanchez keeps his pitches down, as he did Monday against the Astros, he’s nasty. He has struck out 42 batters over 27 innings in his last four starts, starting with his 17-strikeout game against the Braves on April 26. The Tigers are 4-4 in games started by him, and have gone over 63% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 89°F temperatures with winds blowing in from right at 16 mph. The humidity will be around 45%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Kansas City Royals (+121) at Oakland Athletics (-131, 7.5 O/U )

Ervin Santana takes the mound tonight for the Kansas City Royals. He is 3-2 on the year with a 2.79 ERA. Santana had not given up a homer in three straight games, but he was done in by two of them vs. the Yankees in last Sunday’s loss. His control has been sharp, giving up just one walk against 20 strikeouts in his last four starts and 26 1/3 frames. The Royals are 4-3 in games started by him. The Oakland Athletics will send Tommy Milone out as their starter; he has a 3-5 record so far in 2013. Milone has five straight losses despite posting a 3.62 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in that stretch, with 31 strikeouts in those 32 1/3 innings. He wasn’t at his best Sunday, though, allowing Seattle five runs in five innings. The Athletics have gone over the total in 63% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 66°F with winds blowing out to center field at 14 mph. The humidity will be around 63%. No rain is expected in this game.

Houston Astros (+233) at Pittsburgh Pirates (-256, 7.5 O/U )

Erik Bedard, 0-2 with a 8.41 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros in their road matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bedard delivered five innings of four-hit, two-run ball in his return to the rotation on Saturday vs. the Rangers. The veteran left-hander returns to Pittsburgh for the first time since starting 24 games for the Pirates last year. The Astros, 1-5 in his starts, have gone over in all of  those starts. A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the home team. The veteran right-hander continues his remarkable renaissance, consistently lowering his ERA while raising his strikeout total — although the six in his last start were a season low. He has gone seven innings in each of his last three starts. The Pirates have gone over the total in 22% of his starts. Temperatures are expected to be around 74°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 59%, with the wind blowing in from center at 10 mph.