MLB Picks August 7: Padres and Dodgers Battle in NL West

The MLB season is nearly two-thirds of the way completed and the push for the playoffs begins during the dog days of summer. There is a full slate of games for August 7 with the Padres and Dodgers headlining the action.

San Diego Padres versus Los Angeles Dodgers

In this NL West clash, the Padres face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. San Diego is “burning hot down” versus “burning hot” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +27 versus +29 on the Power Ranking Indicator. Tyler Anderson is set to pitch for the Dodgers versus Yu Darvish for the Padres. Anderson is 12-1 with an ERA of 2.89 and a great bet at +564 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Darvish is 10-4 with an ERA of 3.30 and a good bet at +251 dollars. The Score Predictor likes Los Angeles by a score of 8-1 with 78 percent confidence. Note that Los Angeles is extremely stable at +37 on the Team Volatility Oscillator. I like the Dodgers in a game “under” the line.

Washington Nationals versus Philadelphia Phillies

Two NL East rivals hit the field in Philadelphia. The Nationals are “ice cold down” and +14 on the Power Ranking Indicator, while the Phillies are “burning hot” and +23, respectively. Aaron Nola is set to get the ball for the Phillies versus Cory Abbott for the Nationals. Nola is 7-8 with a 3.25 ERA, but a poor bet at -522. Abbott is 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA and a good bet at +200 on limited sample size. The teams have combined in games “over” the line in seven of their last 12 games. Note that the Phillies have been only moderately consistent at +3 on the Team Volatility Oscillator versus +29 for the Nationals. The score predictor has the Phillies by a 5-3 score with 76 percent confidence. Go with the Phillies in a game “under” the line.

New York Yankees versus St. Louis Cardinals

The Yankees enter the game “average down” and +9 on the Power Ranking Indicator. On the flip side, the Cardinals have been playing very well and are “burning hot” and +28, respectively. Adam Wainright is pitching for the Cardinals versus Frankie Montas for the Yankees. Wainright is 8-8 with a 3.11 ERA and +147 on the Pitcher Profil Oscillator while Montas is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA and a poor bet at -796. The Score Predictor has the Cardinals in an 8-1 blowout with 69 percent confidence. I will go with the Cardinals in a game “under” the line.

Boston Red Sox versus Kansas City Royals

Neither team is playing their best baseball entering the competition. The Red Sox are “average down” and +16 on the Power Ranking Indicator versus “average” and +9 for the Royals. Kutter Crawford is scheduled to pitch for Boston versus Brad Keller for Kansas City. Crawford is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA and Keller is 5-12 with a 4.61 ERA. The Score Predictor likes Boston by a 4-2 score with 33 percent confidence. Note that the teams have been involved in games “over” the line in seven of their last 12 games combined. I like Boston on the road but avoid the “over/under” bet.

Atlanta Braves versus New York Mets

The top two teams in the NL East battle in New York. Atlanta is “average” on the Team Strength Oscillator and +18 on the Power Ranking Indicator versus “burning hot” and +24 for New York. Spencer Strider is set to pitch for the Braves versus Jacob deGrom for the Mets. Strider is 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA and -6 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. deGrom is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and -100. The Score Predictor likes the Mets in a low-scoring 4-1 game with 76 percent confidence. I lean towards the Mets as well in a game “under” the line.

San Francisco Giants versus Oakland Athletics

The Giants face the Athletics in the battle of the two Californi bay area teams. The teams are heading in opposite directions with the Giants “ice cold down” and the Athletics “burning hot”. Oakland has a +17 to +6 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. Logan Webb is set to pitch for the Giants and comes in with a record of 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA and is a good bet at +75. The teams are trending on opposite sides of the “over/under” line and the Score Predictor likes Oakland by the score of 8-3 with 54 percent confidence. I like Oakland to continue their hot play in a game “over” the line.

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