With a few weeks remaining in the MLB season, there are still playoff berths left to be won. Several key matchups are in store for the weekend, including the Twins and Indians in the AL Central. Let’s run down five must-see weekend series.
Minnesota Twins versus Cleveland Indians
The top two teams in the AL Central battle with the Twins ahead by five in the division. Minnesota has a +23 to +20 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are showing stability, at +31 and +30 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. The Totals Predictor shows the teams on opposite sides of the “over/under” line, so best to avoid for this series. Of the scheduled starting pitchers, only Shane Bieber of the Indians for Sunday is profitable at +446. Cleveland is 14-over .500 at home, but the Twins are 48-24 on the road. Look for a Minnesota win, two games to one.
Atlanta Braves versus Washington Nationals
In the NL East, the Braves have a commanding lead, but the Nationals are in great position for a wild card spot. Atlanta has a +24 to +12 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” against “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Both teams are showing great stability, meaning they are consistently performing according to their favorite/underdog status. Best to avoid betting the “over/under” as the teams are trending in opposite directions in this category. Max Scherzer is the best bet for the Nationals at +1994 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Max Fried is an excellent bet for the Braves on Sunday at +1460 versus Anibal Sanchez at -2462. The Braves are too strong and should take two of three this weekend.
Los Angeles Dodgers versus New York Mets
The Dodgers come in with the best record in the National League, while the Mets are fourth in the NL East with slim playoff hopes. Los Angeles has a +24 to +13 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator, while both teams are “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Dodgers are among the most stable teams in the league at +42. Best to bet the “over” in games in this series. Of the scheduled starting pitchers, Clayton Kershaw is the Dodgers best bet at +1192, although all three Los Angeles starters are in the green on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. The worst bet of the weekend is Jacob deGrom on Saturday for the Mes at -1139. There is little to indicate the Mets can win this series. Pick the Dodgers to take two and a sweep is not out of the question.
Milwaukee Brewers versus St. Louis Cardinals
In the NL Central, the Brewers are six games behind the Cardinals and are in dire need of wins to stay in the wild card chase. Both teams are 7-3 over their last ten and the Brewers have a +22 to +20 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Milwaukee has been only moderately stable at +3 on the Team Volatility Oscillator, so take that in consideration when looking at their favorite/underdog status. All three Milwaukee scheduled starting pitchers are well in the red on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Adam Wainwright is the best bet for the series, staring for the Cardinals on Friday with a profit of +1902. The Cardinals are 46-26 at home and the Brewers are five games under .500 on the road. Pick the Cardinals to take the series, winning two.
Tampa Bay Rays versus Los Angeles Angels
The Rays are nine games out in the AL East, but are in good position for a playoff spot. The Angeles have slumped to 28 games off the pace in the AL West. Tampa Bay is “burning hot” after going 9-1 over their last ten, while the Angels are “ice cold down”. The Rays have a +26 to +8 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator are the much more stable than the Angels, at +33 to +8 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. Five of the six scheduled starting pitchers are in the red on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Only Ryan Yarbrough is in the green at +107 and he is set to start Sunday for the Rays. The Angels are more likely looking towards the offseason and have little to play for. The Rays could sweep the series.
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