The Cleveland Indians have really struggled at home this season, in fact they have a major league low 20 home wins. They’ve dropped six of their last seven home games heading into a home series versus Minnesota this weekend. The Twins though have lost eight of their last nine on the road.
Hot Diggity Dog
The Phillies are coming off back to back home losses to the Dodgers, but they’ve still won 13 of their last 18. They were an underdog in most of those games, and they’ll likely be a dog in all three games at San Diego this weekend. The Padres are coming off three straight losses at Milwaukee.
AL Wild Card
The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last eight, putting them right in the thick of things in the Wild Card race. They trail the Angels by just three games, and they are 2.5 games back of the Blue Jays who currently hold the final Wild Card spot. Texas will be in Seattle this weekend, and the Mariners have won eight of the last 10 games in this series.
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High winds and potential thundershowers are in store for Kauffman Stadium Saturday. There is a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain with winds gusting from home plate to left field between eight and 12 miles per hour.
*Clayton Kershaw will look to extend a streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings in Pittsburgh on Friday night. It’s not going to be an easy task, as the Pirates a notoriously tough at PNC Park. The Dodgers road record is below .500, and Pittsburgh has won 42 of it’s last 60 home games versus teams with a losing road record.
*The Kansas City Royals are known to have the best bullpen in the major leagues, but after a handful of sub-par performances over the last week, they no longer hold the distinction of the team with the lowest ERA by reliever. That honor goes to the St. Louis Cardinals, who’s relievers boast an ERA of 2.26.
*Crush Davis – The Orioles slugger is hitting .306 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs since the All Star break, and he was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in Thursday’s win at Oakland. The Orioles will be in Anaheim this weekend, and Davis has really struggled, hitting just .167 at Angels Stadium since 2012.
*Josh Donaldson is having an MVP caliber season for the Blue Jays, and he’s really turned things on recently. He’s hitting .306 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs since the All Star break.
Over the last few years, we’ve come to think of San Diego’s PETCO Park as one of the most pitcher friendly in the majors. That’s quickly becoming a myth here in 2015. The bookmakers still set extremely low totals for most of the Padres home games, and the over is 13-4 in Padres last 17 home games with the total set at 6.5 or lower. They host the Phillies this weekend, and eight of the last nine meetings in this series have gone over the total.
*The Yankees have put Michael Pineda on the 15 day DL with a right forearm strain. That’s the last thing they need right now with the Blue Jays hot on their heels.
*Mike Leake was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday versus the Cubs, and he’s officially listed as day to day with a sore hamstring.