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Predicting Each MLB Workforce’s Win/Loss File for Week of Could 15

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVMay 15, 2023Predicting Every MLB Team’s Win/Loss Record for Week of May 150 of 7Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman and San Diego Padres’ Manny MachadoBrian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesSave for the Los Angeles Dodgers catching fire and the Pittsburgh Pirates fizzling out over the past two weeks, it feels like

Predicting Each MLB Workforce’s Win/Loss File for Week of Could 15

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVCould 15, 2023

Predicting Each MLB Workforce’s Win/Loss File for Week of Could 15

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    Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman and San Diego Padres' Manny Machado

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman and San Diego Padres’ Manny MachadoBrian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs

    Save for the Los Angeles Dodgers catching fireplace and the Pittsburgh Pirates petering out over the previous two weeks, it looks like each MLB staff has simply been treading water these days.

    At the beginning of play Sunday, 22 of the 30 groups had been both 4-6, 5-5 or 6-4 of their final 10 video games. The one streak of greater than 4 in both route was Philadelphia’s five-game successful streak—which got here straight on the heels of a six-game shedding streak.

    Are we headed for extra of the identical within the week of Could 15, or would possibly a few groups reap the benefits of their schedules and go on a tear?

    We have predicted information for all 30 groups for the subsequent seven days of motion on the diamond.

    For every division, we’ll check out who (participant or staff) has been sizzling, who has not and one of many greatest issues to maintain a watch for the week forward earlier than providing up a W-L prediction for every staff. And after discussing every of the six divisions, we’ll additionally spotlight our picks for the most effective pitching matchup on every day of the upcoming week. (Climate allowing, in fact.)

    Statistics present by means of the beginning of play Sunday. Information present by means of the beginning of play Monday.

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American League East

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    New York's Anthony Rizzo

    New York’s Anthony RizzoMike Carlson/Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Anthony Rizzo, 1B, New York Yankees

    Rizzo has been strong all season, however particularly courting again to Could 2. Throughout that 11-game span, he has gone 18-for-45 (.400) on the dish with seven multi-hit performances, together with a two-homer sport towards the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, adopted by a three-hit outing Saturday. His eighth-inning house run Friday towards Tampa Bay flipped the end result of that sport and perhaps, simply perhaps, lastly flipped the swap for New York to start out residing as much as the preseason hype.

    Who’s Not: Kenley Jansen, RHP, Boston Pink Sox

    In Boston’s Wednesday win over Atlanta, Jansen turned simply the seventh member of MLB’s 400-save membership. However he proceeded to implode in back-to-back losses to the Cardinals with a line of 1.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, blowing the save and taking the loss in every sport. Hopefully, although, he’ll bounce again from this just like the final time he had two straight disastrous outings. That got here in July 2021, and over the course of the remainder of that season, he had a 1.17 ERA with three wins, 17 saves and no blown saves.

    What to Watch: Toronto’s Homestand

    Save for perhaps New York’s three-game collection in Cincinnati, it is a powerful week for your complete AL East, that includes interdivisional matchups with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners.

    But it surely’s in Toronto the place issues might get shaken up in what has been, with out argument, the most effective division in baseball.

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    The Blue Jays—who’re 12-3 at house this season—host the Yankees for 4 video games and the Orioles for 3. They may make a spirited push towards the first-place Rays if Alek Manoah (with projected begins on Monday and Saturday) can snap out of what has been a tough begin to the 12 months.


    Tampa Bay Rays (31-11): 3 at Mets, 3 vs. Brewers; Projected File: 4-2
    Baltimore Orioles (26-14): 4 vs. Angels, 3 at Blue Jays; Projected File: 4-3
    Toronto Blue Jays (24-16): 4 vs. Yankees, 3 vs. Orioles; Projected File: 4-3
    New York Yankees (23-19): 4 at Blue Jays, 3 at Reds; Projected File: 5-2
    Boston Pink Sox (22-19): 3 vs. Mariners, 3 at Padres; Projected File: 3-3

American League Central

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    Chicago's Luis Robert Jr.

    Chicago’s Luis Robert Jr.Quinn Harris/Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Luis Robert Jr., CF, Chicago White Sox

    Some lot of fine it is doing the White Sox—who misplaced three out of 4 video games in Kansas Metropolis final week and stay arguably probably the most disappointing staff within the majors—however “Lu Bob” has been on fireplace since getting benched for his gingerly stroll down the primary bottom line on a groundout in late April. Robert is hitting 17-of-41 (.415) with 5 house runs so far in Could. He did handle to put on the golden sombrero (4 strikeouts) in one of many aforementioned losses to the Royals, however he has gotten at the very least one hit in each different sport this month.

    Who’s Not: Carlos Correa, SS, Minnesota Twins

    Correa obtained off the schneid a bit with a house run in Saturday’s blowout win over the Cubs, nevertheless it has been boo-inducing tough sledding for Minnesota’s $200 million man. Previous to that sport, Correa was hitting .171 in Could. Granted, all seven of his hits throughout that point at the very least went for further bases, however he is nonetheless beneath the Mendoza Line for the season. And some innings earlier than hitting that house run, he struck out by way of a pitch clock violation in what felt like a rock-bottom second.

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    What to Watch: Large alternative for Detroit

    The Tigers made a little bit of an sudden surge up the standings in current weeks, sweeping the Mets earlier than successful consecutive collection away from house towards the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Guardians. They misplaced this previous weekend’s collection at house towards the Seattle Mariners, however this can be a enormous probability to get again heading in the right direction.

    Not solely does Detroit have a positive schedule towards the slumping Pirates and the offensively inept Washington Nationals, however the Tigers additionally stand to doubtlessly achieve numerous floor on the Twins in the event that they sputter by means of their street journey towards the 2 Los Angeles groups.

    We have lengthy assumed Detroit could be a vendor at this 12 months’s commerce deadline, however the Tigers might flip the script and maybe even end this week inside a sport of first place on this weak division.


    Minnesota Twins (23-18): 3 at Dodgers, 3 at Angels; Projected File: 2-4
    Cleveland Guardians (19-21): 3 at White Sox, 3 at Mets; Projected File: 3-3
    Detroit Tigers (18-21): 2 vs. Pirates, 3 at Nationals; Projected File: 4-1
    Chicago White Sox (14-28): 3 vs. Guardians, 3 vs. Royals; Projected File: 3-3
    Kansas Metropolis Royals (12-30): 3 at Padres, 3 at White Sox; Projected File: 1-5

American League West

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    Seattle's Bryce Miller

    Seattle’s Bryce MillerDuane Burleson/Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Seattle Mariners

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    The M’s could not purchase a win for the primary month of the season, beginning out 11-16 general with a 3-9 report in one-run video games. However they have been faring a lot better as of late, getting into Sunday’s collection finale towards the Tigers with a 9-3 report of their final 12 video games.

    Here is the half that is not sensible about that resurgence: Julio Rodríguez, Eugenio Suárez and Cal Raleigh have gone a mixed 16-for-111 (.144) on the dish so far in Could. Slightly, rookie pitcher Bryce Miller has been the catalyst, spinning three consecutive gems for a 0.47 ERA and 0.42 WHIP since getting referred to as up. May want these three batters to get up this week, although, in any other case the three video games in Boston and three in Atlanta might be mighty problematic.

    Who’s Not: José Abreu, 1B, Houston Astros

    Likelihood is you’ve got heard that Abreu has but to homer in 2023. However do you know he additionally homered simply as soon as within the remaining 55 video games of final season? We’re speaking about one house run in his final 394 journeys to the plate. For the 2020 AL MVP. Incredulously, Abreu is now nearly much less of an influence hitter than Ben Revere was (7 HR in 3,343 profession PA).

    At the least till not too long ago, he was nonetheless getting on base at a superb clip. Not anymore, although. Abreu has gone 5-for-39 (.128) since April 30 and hasn’t had a two-hit sport since April 19.

    What to Watch: Framber Valdez’s High quality Begins Streak

    Barely misplaced within the shuffle of Justin Verlander’s AL Cy Younger marketing campaign, Valdez led the majors with 26 high quality begins in 2022—25 of these coming in consecutive vogue. And since falling wanting a high quality begin with 5 scoreless innings on Opening Day, Valdez has gone at the very least six innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs in every of his final seven begins.

    If that QS streak continues, it ought to be an enormous week for Houston. Valdez is lined as much as begin Monday at house towards the Cubs and Sunday at house towards the A’s, presumably book-ending a 6-0 week for the reigning champs.


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    Texas Rangers (25-15): 3 vs. Atlanta, 3 vs. Rockies; Projected File: 5-1
    Houston Astros (21-19): 3 vs. Cubs, 3 vs. A’s; Projected File: 5-1
    Los Angeles Angels (21-20): 4 at Orioles, 3 vs. Twins; Projected File: 3-4
    Seattle Mariners (20-20): 3 at Pink Sox, 3 at Atlanta; Projected File: 2-4
    Oakland Athletics (9-33): 3 vs. Diamondbacks, 3 at Astros; Projected File: 1-5

Nationwide League East

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    Philadelphia's Bryce Harper

    Philadelphia’s Bryce HarperDustin Bradford/Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Bryce Harper, DH, Philadelphia Phillies

    In Harper’s first sport again simply 160 days after Tommy John surgical procedure, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Appeared like the choice to return as shortly as he did with none rehab project might need been overly bold. Since that preliminary dud, nevertheless, Harper has been tearing the quilt off the ball, batting .406 with 5 extra-base hits (two homers) in his final eight video games. And the Phils have surged into second place within the NL East within the course of.

    Who’s Not: Brett Baty, 3B, New York Mets

    After getting the decision halfway by means of April, New York’s extremely touted rookie obtained out to a powerful begin, hitting .333 with a pair of house runs in his first 13 video games. However because the first half of that Could 3 double-header towards the Tigers, Baty has gone simply 2-for-25 (.080). He is removed from the one Met struggling nowadays, and we’re actually not attempting to pin their sub-.500 report on his shoulders. However any hope of difficult James Outman and Corbin Carroll for NL ROY is shortly fading.

    What to Watch: Atlanta’s Pitching Predicament

    The Braves had each Monday and Thursday off this previous week to ease their means into life with out each Kyle Wright (shoulder) and Max Fried (forearm) within the beginning rotation for the foreseeable future. However let’s examine the place they go from right here. Collin McHugh served because the opener for a bullpen sport towards Toronto Sunday. They could even be bullpen video games Tuesday towards Texas and Saturday towards Seattle.

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    Atlanta not too long ago signed Justus Sheffield (33 profession MLB begins) to a minor league deal and stay optimistic that Mike Soroka will be capable to make his LONG-awaited return to a giant league mound quickly. However the staff is greedy at straws a bit for the time being upfront of every week towards strong AL West squads. Here is hoping Charlie Morton can successfully go deep in each of his begins towards Texas and Seattle.


    Atlanta Braves (25-15): 3 at Rangers, 3 vs. Mariners; Projected File: 3-3
    Philadelphia Phillies (20-20): 3 at Giants, 3 vs. Cubs; Projected File: 4-2
    New York Mets (20-21): 1 at Nationals, 3 vs. Rays, 3 vs. Guardians; Projected File: 4-3
    Miami Marlins (20-21): 3 vs. Nationals, 3 at Giants; Projected File: 2-4
    Washington Nationals (17-23): 1 vs. Mets, 3 at Marlins, 3 vs. Tigers; Projected File: 3-4

Nationwide League Central

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    Cincinnati's Jake Fraley

    Cincinnati’s Jake FraleyPeter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire by way of Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Jake Fraley, OF, Cincinnati Reds

    Fraley had one heck of a weekend in Miami, homering 3 times within the span of six plate appearances. He additionally stole a base to arrange the go-ahead-for-good run within the eighth inning Saturday. But it surely’s been extra than simply a few good video games for the breakout outfielder. Relationship again to April 25, Fraley is batting .385 and leading the majors with 18 RBI—regardless of making simply 44 journeys to the plate.

    Who’s Not: Pittsburgh Pirates

    It all the time felt inevitable that Pittsburgh would come again to earth from that 20-8 begin to the 12 months. However, man, we did not notice the Pirates would go from “finest report within the NL” to “worse than the Oakland A’s” virtually in a single day. Relationship again to April 30, the Pirates have gone 1-11 with a run differential of minus-48. The complete offense has been mired in a hunch, and the pitching that surprisingly anchored that sizzling begin has fallen aside on the seams—aside from Dauri Moreta, who has a line of 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 Okay throughout what has in any other case been a team-wide mess.

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    What to Watch: Will Anybody Put up a Profitable File?

    Each the Brewers (at St. Louis, at Tampa Bay) and the Cubs (at Houston, at Philadelphia) have a brutal street journey on faucet for this week. The Cardinals are at house for seven video games, however internet hosting the Brewers and Dodgers will likely be no picnic. The Pirates (at Detroit, vs. Arizona) have probably the most favorable slate of the 5 groups, however they have not been in a position to beat anybody these days. And whereas the Reds gained collection towards the Mets and Marlins this previous week, we’ll see if they will double down towards the Rockies and Yankees.

    Might be a giant shifting week if any staff can catch fireplace.

    That is very true for St. Louis, who might storm proper again into the NL Central combine if it could actually pull off a sweep of Milwaukee. Suffice it to say, nobody anticipated this staff to have the worst report within the Nationwide League 40 video games into the season. However the Playing cards gained back-to-back street collection towards the Cubs and Pink Sox this previous week and would possibly lastly be turning a nook. Each Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery are lined up for two-start weeks. Want these arms to be large.


    Milwaukee Brewers (23-17): 3 at Cardinals, 3 at Rays; Projected File: 2-4
    Pittsburgh Pirates (22-19): 2 at Detroit, 3 vs. Diamondbacks; Projected File: 1-4
    Chicago Cubs (19-21): 3 at Astros, 3 at Phillies; Projected File: 2-4
    Cincinnati Reds (18-22): 3 at Rockies, 3 vs. Yankees; Projected File: 2-4
    St. Louis Cardinals (16-25): 3 vs. Brewers, 4 vs. Dodgers; Projected File: 3-4

Nationwide League West

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    San Francisco's Casey Schmitt

    San Francisco’s Casey SchmittThearon W. Henderson/Getty Photographs

    Who’s Scorching: Casey Schmitt, SS, San Francisco Giants

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    Arizona’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.482, 4 HR) has additionally been on fireplace over his final eight video games, however we have to shout out the Giants rookie who has had a sensational preliminary stint within the majors. Schmitt homered within the second at-bat of his MLB profession in Wednesday’s win over the Nationals. It was the beginning of a five-game stretch by which he went 11-for-20 with a pair of house runs. We’ll see what San Francisco elects to do with the red-hot 24-year-old, contemplating it activated Brandon Crawford from the IL Sunday.

    Who’s Not: Max Muncy, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Previous to taking paternity depart in late April, Max Muncy was trying extra like “Mash” Muncy, hitting 11 house runs in 22 video games. However he has not been the identical since his return to the dugout, batting .128 with only one house run over his final 13 video games. Hasn’t a lot bothered the Dodgers, although, who’ve gained every collection since getting Muncy again. However getting extra out of their star third baseman will likely be key in the event that they need to preserve taking part in that properly.

    What to Watch: Bounce-Again Week for the Padres?

    San Diego’s high-priced bats had been silenced in shedding three straight collection towards the Dodgers, the Twins and the Dodgers once more, held to a few runs or fewer in every of these losses.

    However we might see a terrific awakening of these bats at house this week towards the Royals and Pink Sox—two of probably the most beneficiant pitching staffs within the majors.

    Juan Soto (.422/.527/.756) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (.302/.327/.528) have performed all they will to maintain the offense afloat over their final 12 video games, however Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts and Jake Cronenworth must get it collectively if this staff is ever going to dwell as much as the hype.


    Los Angeles Dodgers (26-15): 3 vs. Twins, 4 at Cardinals; Projected File: 5-2
    Arizona Diamondbacks (23-18): 3 at A’s, 3 at Pirates; Projected File: 4-2
    San Diego Padres (19-22): 3 vs. Royals, 3 vs. Pink Sox; Projected File: 5-1
    San Francisco Giants (17-23): 3 vs. Phillies, 3 vs. Marlins; Projected File: 3-3
    Colorado Rockies (17-24): 3 vs. Reds, 3 at Rangers; Projected File: 1-5

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Pitching Matchups of the Week

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    New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole

    New York Yankees’ Gerrit ColeElsa/Getty Photographs

    All of those are topic to alter, however primarily based on present projections/rotations, these are our picks for the most effective pitching matchups for every day of the upcoming week.

    Friday is the night time you are going to need to block out your calendar for tentative pitching duels. Along with the Bryce vs. Bryce choice beneath, we ought to be getting Sandy Alcantara vs. Anthony DeSclafani, Zac Gallen vs. Johan Oviedo and James Paxton vs. Blake Snell, amongst others.

    Set your viewing schedules accordingly. (All instances ET.)

    Monday: Los Angeles Angels (Shohei Ohtani) at Baltimore Orioles (Grayson Rodriguez) [6:35 p.m.]

    Tuesday: Chicago Cubs (Justin Steele) at Houston Astros (Cristian Javier) [8:10 p.m.]

    Wednesday: New York Yankees (Gerrit Cole) at Toronto Blue Jays (Chris Bassitt) [7:10 p.m.]

    Thursday: Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias) at St. Louis Cardinals (Steven Matz) [7:45 p.m.]

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    Friday: Seattle Mariners (Bryce Miller) at Atlanta Braves (Bryce Elder) [7:20 p.m.]

    Saturday: Cleveland Guardians (Tanner Bibee) at New York Mets (Max Scherzer) [4:10 p.m.]

    Sunday: Cleveland Guardians (Shane Bieber) at New York Mets (Justin Verlander) [7:00 p.m.]

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