MLB viewing guide: Weekend schedule spotlight

Thearon W. Henderson

Three teams that combined for 282 losses in 2012 seek to prove themselves aganst three of last year's playoff teams, and two of the NL's most successful teams since 2010 square off by the Bay.

Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants

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May 10

Matt Cain (1-2), 5.27 ERA, 5.13 FIP

Tim Hudson (4-1), 3.83 ERA, 4.21 FIP

10:15 pm ET

FOX Sports-South, KNTV

May 11

Madison Bumgarner (3-1), 2.31 ERA, 3.03 FIP

Paul Maholm (4-3), 3.09 ERA, 3.14 FIP

4:05 pm ET

MLB Network, FOX Sports-South, CSBA

May 12

Tim Lincecum (2-2), 4.75 ERA, 3.82 FIP

Kris Medlen (1-4), 3.25 ERA, 3.80 FIP

4:05 pm ET

FOX Sports-South, CSBA

The only National League team with more wins since 2010 than these two clubs is the Phillies, a 2010-11 powerhouse now on the decline. The games actually began Thursday night, when the Braves prolonged Ryan Vogelsong's 2013 struggles in a 6-3 victory. Both Cain and Lincecum have also gone through shaky starts to the season that the Braves hope will continue. Braves pitchers will have to cool down Buster Posey, though; the defending MVP has hit .409 in the past week, and briefly gave the Giants a 3-2 lead with a homer on Thursday.

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

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May 10

Max Scherzer (4-0), 3.43 ERA, 1.99 FIP

Corey Kluber (2-1), 3.06 ERA, 2.76 FIP

7:08 pm ET

SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports-Detroit

May 11

Justin Verlander (4-2), 1.55 ERA, 1.95 FIP

Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2), 6.37 ERA, 4.97 FIP

7:08 pm ET

MLB Network, SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports-Detroit

May 12

Rick Porcello (1-2), 7.52 ERA, 4.88 FIP

Zach McAllister (3-3), 2.63 ERA, 3.83 FIP

1:08 pm ET

SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports-Detroit

The new-look Indians get their first crack at the Tigers in 2013 with Michael Bourn fresh off the disabled list. The Tribe is off to a promising start, and the club's 18-14 record is only a game behind Detroit. Cleveland fell apart after May last year, but an early-season series victory in the home of the defending division champions would establish some credibility. Hell, Ubaldo's pitched well in his past two starts, even though it would be insanity to pick him to outpitch Verlander.

St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

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May 10

Shelby Miller (4-2), 1.96 ERA, 2.96 FIP

Jon Garland (3-2), 4.75 ERA, 4.40 FIP

8:15 pm ET

ROOT Sports, FOX Sports-Midwest

May 11

Adam Wainwright (4-2), 2.72 ERA, 1.88 FIP

Jhoulys Chacin (3-1), 2.56 ERA, 3.05 FIP

2:15 pm ET

ROOT Sports, FOX Sports-Midwest

May 12

Jaime Garcia (4-1), 2.25 ERA, 3.05 FIP

Jorge de la Rosa (3-3), 3.52 ERA, 4.34 FIP

2:15 pm ET

ROOT Sports, FOX Sports-Midwest

Unlike the beer, Miller has been as terrific as advertised before the season. St. Louis's rotation strength is on display in this series -- not one of the three starters can be easily dismissed. Colorado's offense was recently held to just five runs in three games against Yankees pitching, and in Coors Field no less. Troy Tulowitzki's return to the lineup on Thursday did not help them very much, either. Since their eight-game winning streak in April, the Rockies have gone 6-11. If the offense can't find its rhythm in St. Louis, then Walt Weiss's crew might regress to .500 even sooner than anticipated.

New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals

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May 10

Wade Davis (2-2), 4.75 ERA, 4.43 FIP

Phil Hughes (1-2), 3.60 ERA, 3.50 FIP

8:05 pm ET

MLB Network, YES Network, FOX Sports-Kansas City

May 11

James Shields (2-2), 2.52 ERA, 2.62 FIP

Andy Pettitte (3-2), 4.06 ERA, 4.39 FIP

7:10 pm ET

YES Network, FOX Sports-Kansas City

May 12

Ervin Santana (3-1), 2.36 ERA, 3.06 FIP

Hiroki Kuroda (4-2), 2.30 ERA, 3.33 FIP

2:10 pm ET

YES Network, FOX Sports-Kansas City

The Royals get to show off their new pitching toys to the Yankees in Kansas City, where not a single game appears destined for a blowout. The Yankees struggled to score in their most recent series at Coors Field, but the lineup should get a boost from the return of designated hitter Travis Hafner, who was limited to pinch-hitting duty in the NL park. On the other side, the Royals' offense might be heating up, as both Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon homered in consecutive games in Baltimore. Gordon has actually homered in three straight games, a career-high for the former first-round pick. While Hughes pitched well in his past few starts, he is as good a candidate as any to extend that streak since he's surrendered 40 homers in 38 starts over the past two years.

Philadelphia Phillies at Arizona Diamondbacks

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May 10

Ian Kennedy (1-3), 5.19 ERA, 4.72 ERA

Tyler Cloyd (2013 debut)

9:40 pm ET

CSN, FOX Sports-Arizona

May 11

Trevor Cahill (2-3), 2.80 ERA, 3.67 FIP

Cliff Lee (3-2), 3.26 ERA, 2.84 FIP

8:10 pm ET

CSN, FOX Sports-Arizona

May 12

Brandon McCarthy (0-3), 6.75 ERA, 4.11 FIP

Kyle Kendrick (4-1), 2.45 ERA, 3.24 FIP

4:10 pm ET

WB17, FOX Sports-Arizona

With Roy Halladay going on the DL indefinitely, Cloyd will get an extended look at the big-league level after a six-start cameo last year. He has the unfortunate luck of having to kick off his second season in a hitter-friendly park against a team on a four-game winning streak, but that also makes a possible win appear more impressive. Kendrick has been on a roll since his season-opening dud against the Royals; six straight quality starts go a long way toward making Charlie Manuel forget about the opener. Kendrick must be taking lessons in control from his fellow stingy teammate Lee, whose 1.3 BB/9 bests Kendrick's 1.9 BB/9.

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

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May 10

Dallas Keuchel (0-1), 4.96 ERA, 5.80 FIP

Alexi Ogando (3-2), 3.08 ERA, 3.98 FIP

8:10 pm ET

CSN, KTXA

May 11

Erik Bedard (0-2), 7.36 ERA, 7.44 FIP

Yu Darvish (5-1), 2.56 ERA, 1.87 FIP

7:10 pm ET

CSN, FOX Sports-Southwest

May 12

Jordan Lyles (1-0), 4.50 ERA, 3.08 FIP

Nick Tepesch (2-3), 4.50 ERA, 4.17 FIP

2:10 pm ET

CSN, FOX Sports-Southwest

Yu's back in Houston for the first time since his perfect game near-miss on the second day of the season, and the Astros only have nine more wins than they did when they last met the Rangers in that series. The two teams are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and their respective records (21-13 and 10-24) certainly reflect their likely futures in 2013. Astros pitchers must be wary of first baseman Mitch Moreland, who seems to be in dinger-happy mode with three homers in four games. Two of those blasts went to the opposite field; if Keuchel, Bedard, and Lyles are not careful, the Crawford Boxes await him.

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