MLB Tuesday Weather: Conditions Ripe for Offense in Baltimore
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- Winds will be blowing out to center in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which has their respective Weather Ratings right behind Coors Field for best of the day.
- The Windy City won't be very windy itself, but overall poor conditions have the Weather Rating for Dodgers-Cubs at just 16.
The late Hall of Famer Ernie Banks once said, “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame, let’s play two.” As I sit at my dining room table 30 minutes north of Boston and look out the window, there’s one thing I can assure you of … it’s not a beautiful day.
The Tigers and BoSox are playing two, but you’d have to pay me to go sit in those cold, hard, wet seats on this dreary 50-degree overcast day.
While there are no washouts in the forecast today, it will definitely still feel like April at most ballparks around the country.
Highest Weather Rating
- Nats at Rockies: 71
- White Sox at Orioles: 63
- Diamondbacks at Pirates: 57
Weather Ratings are a proprietary number created by FantasyLabs, which are on a 0-100 scale, with 100 being the best hitting atmosphere and 0 being the best pitching atmosphere. Weather Rating takes into account temperature, wind speed, wind direction, stadium elevation, humidity and atmospheric pressure.
After an unusually low Weather Rating in the low 40s at Coors Field, conditions are much better. It’s not like it mattered, as the Nats and Rockies combined for 12 runs yesterday. There is still a breeze blowing in that’s keeping the rating from being closer to 100.
Camden Yards should play smaller than normal tonight, as temperatures in the mid-70s will be accompanied by wind blowing out to center. Oddsmakers are daring folks to take the over with a total of 10, and two-thirds of bettors are still biting. Not sure why anyone would doubt these dominant White Sox and Orioles pitching staffs …
After having the worst Weather Rating of the day yesterday, Pittsburgh is toward the top as PNC Park will also feature a stiff breeze blowing out. The over/under has gone from 7.5 to 8 since opening.
Lowest Weather Ratings
- Dodgers at Cubs: 16
- Tigers at Red Sox (Game 2): 28
- Brewers at Cardinals: 34
You’re probably thinking, “Oh boy, the wind must be howling at Wrigley tonight, eh?” However, you’d be incorrect.
Most games at Wrigley this year have been quite windy, but there will be just a slight breeze blowing diagonally from the right field foul pole toward the third-base line. That definitely won’t help offense and the 50-degree temperatures won’t, either. The total has remained at its opener of 8 so far.
Boston actually has nearly identical conditions when it comes to wind and temperature, but looks like it’s getting a boost thanks to very high humidity.
Yesterday, St. Louis held the top spot of the day with a Weather Rating in the high 50s, but the winds have shifted direction and the rating has dropped more than 20 points.
- Phillies at Mets
- Tigers at Red Sox (Game 2)
- Braves at Reds
- Diamondbacks at Pirates
- Brewers at Cardinals
This may look like a lengthy list, but all five of these games should be played and some might stay entirely dry.
The games in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh could have late starts, while the other three games all have slight chances of isolated showers. We might have a couple of rain delays among the group, but all games should get in today.