With May in full bloom and the standings starting to matter more and more each day, there are division-leading teams on a roll, none of them as hot as the American League East-leading Orioles.
Baltimore will take its six-game winning streak into the third game of a four-game set with the Tigers on Saturday night, just one of the division leaders who greet the weekend with a smile. That includes the Cubs, who have shaken off the two-game losing streak that was their longest this season and take on the Pirates again Saturday afternoon as part of a full spring day of games across the country.
Those games and more will be available on MLB.TV.
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Here is a look at what to watch for today in the Majors (all times ET):
O's on a roll: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
The Orioles will try and match their season-opening streak with a seventh straight victory on Saturday after taking the first two of a four-game set against the slumping Tigers, losers of 10 of their past 11. The Friday win, a 1-0 win that was their second shutout of the season, earned Baltimore a game of breathing room over Boston in the AL East.
Adam Jones has been pacing the O's with his own six-game hitting streak, batting .407 with three homers in that span -- including No. 200 of his career on Friday night.
"Glad we got the win," Jones said. "I think personal things are all cool and fine and dandy, and if you go out there and play and perform every day, things like this tend to happen."
It will be Mike Wright on the hill for the Orioles, looking for his first win since his season debut on April 12. He'll be up against Anibal Sanchez, who has allowed at least four earned runs in four of his past five starts.
Stat that matters: Detroit's Nick Castellanos (.358) and Victor Martinez (.358) and Baltimore's Manny Machado (.350) are the only qualifying AL batters hitting at least .350 entering Saturday.
Jake goes for No. 7: [email protected], 2:20 p.m.
Jake Arrieta might not be perfect, but he's darn close -- and his record is. Arrieta enters Saturday's start 6-0 on the season, and he'll be looking to extend that against a Pirates team he has enjoyed facing recently. Arrieta is 4-1 with a 0.63 ERA in six regular-season starts vs. Pittsburgh since the beginning of last season, so the Bucs know all about how the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner can bring the quality.
"The overall command has been elite," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's why the numbers are elite."
The Pirates will counter with Jeff Locke, who is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs.
Stat that matters:Andrew McCutchen has seen plenty of Arrieta, and he has done well. He is batting .345 (10-for-29) in 34 plate appearances vs. Arrieta.
Panik mode: [email protected], 9:10 p.m.
In the NL West, the Giants and Dodgers are staying neck and neck at the top, and San Francisco has hit the road hoping to keep a good thing going. The Giants did Friday night as they won their second straight in Arizona and third straight overall.
For the second straight game Friday night, second baseman Joe Panik homered -- this one a three-run shot on a 3-0 pitch that accounted for all the support starter Jeff Samardzija would need in a 3-1 victory.
"Trust me, I've been giving Joe a lot of hugs tonight," Samardzija said.
It'll be Jake Peavy taking on Patrick Corbin in a battle of pitchers looking to get on track this season.
Stat that matters: The D-backs are 5-14 at home to start the season, a record that is only better in the Majors than the Braves' home mark (2-17).
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