The MLB season is quickly approaching the halfway point. WIth the races heating up, we take a look at some of the best match-ups for the weekend of June 21-23. The Rays and A's are the featured series.
Tampa Bay Rays versus Oakland A's
The Tampa Bay Rays, second in the AL East, head to Oakland to take on the A's, currently third in the AL West. The Rays are "ice cold down", having lost six of their last ten, while the A's are "average up" and 6-4 over their last ten. The Rays have a +22 to +16 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. According to the Team Volatility Oscillator, the Rays are the more stable team at +15 versus +6. Both teams have been playing in games trending "under" on the Totals Predictor, which is a good bet for games in this series. Of the decided scheduled starters, Mike Fiers for the A's is the best bet at +1634 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Ryan Yarbrough, scheduled to pitch for the Rays on Sunday is their best bet at +192. The Rays are an excellent 23-12 on the road and the bet is to lean their direction in a two-to-one series win.
New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs
The Mets come in third in the NL East and the Cubs are second in the NL Central. Neither team is playing great lately, at "ice cold up" and "ice cold down" on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Cubs have a narrow +18 to +17 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator and is the most stable team at +13 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Best to avoid the "over/under" in this series as the teams are trending in the opposite direction on the Totals Predictor. Of the scheduled starters, the Cubs Yu Darvish is the worst bet, at -1309 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator, while Cole Hamels is an excellent bet at +1566. Look for the Cubs to reverse their losing trend and take two of three this weekend.
Detroit Tigers versus Cleveland Indians
In this AL Central showdown, the fourth place Tigers take on the second place Indians. The Indians are 7-3 over their last ten and are "average up", while the Tigers are 3-7 and "ice cold up". Cleveland has a large edge of +17 to +1 on the Power Ranking Indicator, while both teams are relatively stable according to the Team Volatility Oscillator. If considering the "over/under", it's best to avoid as the two teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. Of the scheduled starters, Zach Plesac and Trevor Bauer have been slightly profitable, while none of the Detroit hurlers are on the positive side of the line. The Indians should take care of business, possibly sweeping the series.
San Diego Padres versus Pittsburgh Pirates
The Padres are on a three-game winning streak, while the Pirates are 2-8 over their last ten. San Diego has a +19 to +5 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and "burning hot" versus "ice cold down" status on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are moderately stable, indicating a consistent performance according to their favorite/underdog status. If you like offense, this is the series for you, as both teams are playing in games trending "over" on the "over/under". Of the scheduled starting pitchers, the Pirates have the best and worst bets according to the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Steven Brault is at +548 and Chris Archer is at -2592. The Padres should take the Saturday game with Eric Lauer on the mound, but the Pirates will win the series, two games to one.
Minnesota Twins versus Kansas City Royals
The Twins head to Kansas City with the best record in the league, while the Royals have the worst mark. Kansas City has won their last three and is "burning hot" on the Team Strength Oscillator, giving them a fighting chance in the series. The Twins have a +25 to +6 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and are among the most stable teams in the league at +23 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. The safe bet is to avoid the "over/under", but if wanting to take a gamble, go for the over as the Twins could pile on the runs against the Royals. The Royals Danny Duffy is the most profitable of the six scheduled starters at +1334 and Homer Bailey comes in the worst at -3222. Kansas City's best shot at a win will be Saturday and look for the Twins to take the series, two games to one.
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