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Big Brown was a big bust when he failed to deliver the Triple Crown at Belmont last Saturday. As a result, we’ll now have to wait at least another year before a new horse breaks the 30-plus year stranglehold on the trio of big races.
We had to wait only three weeks for another dose of interleague play on the major league basepaths. This weekend we focus on the battle of Florida between the hot Marlins and Rays.
Two Midwestern teams looking to make a move up the standings lock horns when Minnesota invades Milwaukee, while a battle of the Bay takes place in Oakland when the Athletics host San Francisco.
Toss a regularly scheduled National League series between Philadelphia and St. Louis and we’ve got a full plate of baseball action on tap this weekend.
With that, here’s our take of each of these series. All pitcher records are team starts unless noted otherwise; best and worst arm records are versus this weekend’s opponent.
Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Most Recent Series Result: Phillies 9-3 last 12 games
Most Recent Series Result at the Site: Phillies 9-2 last 11 here
Key Day/Month Stat: Phillies 8-1 away on Fridays
Best Arm in the Series: Myers 4-0 record, 4.91 ERA here career
Worst Arm in the Series: Eaton 2-5, 6.81 career
Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays
Most Recent Series Result: Marlins 13-6 last 19 games
Most Recent Series Result at the Site: Marlins 7-3 last 10 here
Key Day/Month Stat: Rays 9-1 home Sundays; Marlins 5-14 away Sundays
Best Arm in the Series: Kazmir 1-0, 0.00 ERA career
Worst Arm in the Series: Jackson 0-2, 11.13 ERA career
Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers
Most Recent Series Result: Twins 6-3 last nine games
Most Recent Series Result at the Site: Twins 5-2 last seven here
Key Day/Month Stat: Brewers 10-2 home Saturdays; Twins 0-5 Saturdays
Best Arm in the Series: Sheets 2-0, 0.64 ERA home career
Worst Arm in the Series: Suppan 1-6, 5.80 ERA career; Hernandez 1-5, 5.01 ERA last six starts here
Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants
Most Recent Series Result: Athletics 14-6 last 20 games
Most Recent Series Result at the Site: Athletics 4-0 last four here
Key Day/Month Stat: Athletics 7-1 Sundays
Best Arm in the Series: Harden 3-0, 1.17 ERA career
Worst Arm in the Series: Zito 0-2, 11.25 career
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