MLB Predictions: April 13 – 15

Two weeks into the Major League Baseball season and teams are getting into gear. Let’s see what’s on top for the weekend of April 13 – 15.

Note that all information from the oscillators is for games through April 10.

Atlanta Braves versus Chicago Cubs

The Braves and Cubs are both hovering around the .500 mark and both have an “average” status on the Team Strength Oscillator. The Cubs hold a slight +17 to +15 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Friday’s pitching match up features Anibal Sanchez for the Braves versus Yu Darvish for the Cubs. Both pitchers have been poor bets on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator (-2715 for Sanchez and – 1134 for Darvish). Sean Newcomb holds a slight edge in terms of profit in Saturday’s game versus Jose Quintana, although both also negative profit. Tyler Chatwood is +414 versus Julio Teheran at -33 in Sunday’s finale. The Cubs should have some advantage at home. Look for them to take two of three in this series.

Baltimore Orioles versus Boston Red Sox

Boston has taken early control in the AL East, while the Orioles are trying to avoid the basement.  The Red Sox have a huge +29 to +4 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. A similar indication of the disparity between the teams is the “burning hot” status for Boston versus “ice cold down” for Baltimore. Chris Tillman offers the best shot for an Orioles win this weekend. He’s +3741 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. He goes on Friday and Boston’s starter has yet to be named. Mike Wright is on the hill on Saturday, but he’s been a poor bet at -353. Again, Boston’s starter on Saturday is undecided as of Tuesday night. Dylan Bundy has been a solid bet for the Orioles at +619. However, Chris Sale goes against him on Sunday. Overall Sale has been a surprisingly poor bet at -154. However the Red Sox are at home, so I see Boston taking Saturday and Sunday’s game after the Orioles take game one.

Los Angeles Angels versus Kansas City Royals

The Angels are off to a hot start in the AL West, while the Royals are fourth in the AL Central. Los Angeles is “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator versus “ice cold up” for the Royals, however they hold just a two point advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Angels should have the advantage on Friday with rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani on the mound versus Jason Hammel, who has been a poor bet at -962 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. The pitching match up on Saturday is nearly even with Garrett Richards on the mound for the Angels and Jakob Junis for the Royals. Neither starter on Sunday has been a good bet on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator, with Tyler Skaggs at -323 and Eric Skoglund at -279. The Angels will continue their hot play and take two of three this weekend.

Arizona Diamondbacks versus Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have dug themselves an early hole in the NL West, chasing the Diamondbacks who have won eight of their first ten. Arizona holds a +13 to +7 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and a similar “average” versus “ice cold down” status on the Team Strength Oscillator. Zach Greinke has a huge advantage on Friday over Rich Hill in terms of profit (+2381 versus +388). Saturday’s match up Taijuan Walker versus Clayton Kershaw features two hurlers that are very good bets. The advantage is clear for the Diamondbacks on Sunday, with Zack Godley (+1147 profit) versus Kenta Kadea (-539 profit).  Arizona will continue their early season push, with the Dodgers taking only a single game at home this weekend.

Milwaukee Brewers versus New York Mets

The Mets have won nine of their first ten, while the Brewers are hovering around the .500 mark. The Mets have a commanding +28 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and are “burning hot” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Despite the huge team edge on the oscillators for the Mets, the Brewers hold the edge on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator for this weekend’s match ups. Zach Davies has a profit edge of over 2400 over Steven Matz on Friday. Although Chase Anderson has been a poor bet at -510, he holds the edge over the Mets’ Matt Harvey on Saturday (-1628 profit). Noah Syndergaard goes for the Mets on Sunday and he’s been barely profitable. However, Jhoulys Chacin is a poor bet at -504 for the Brewers in the finale. The Mets hold the edge in only one game, but due to their hot play, I see them taking two of three in this series.

Colorado Rockies versus Washington Nationals

Washington has gotten off to a relatively slow start at a game over .500, while the Rockies are in second in the NL West. Colorado has a +23 to +8 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Team Strength Oscillator also show the Rockies with an advantage at “average up” versus “ice cold down”. Washington has an advantage in two of the three games this weekend according to the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Kyle Freeland is nearly 300 more profitable than Washington’s Tanner Roark on Friday. However, Max Scherzer (+2253 profit) versus Jon Gray (-470 profit) is a widely lopsided match up. Stephen Strasburg has been barely profitable, but he faces Tyler Anderson on Sunday, who is -640 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. This looks to be a Washington series win, two games to one.

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