MLB Picks June 13: NL Central Battle Between Cardinals and Cubs Headline Play

Over a third of the MLB season is in the books with divisional races heating up. Numerous great matchups are in store for June 13 with the Cardinals and Cubs highlighting the action.

St. Louis Cardinals versus Chicago Cubs

The Cardinals head to Chicago in third place in the NL Central and the Cubs are first in the division. Chicago has a +12 to 0 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “dead up” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Carlos Martinez is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals and the Cubs have yet to name their starter. Martinez is 3-6 with a 6.21 ERA and +383 dollars on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. The teams have been trending on opposite sides of the over/under line and the Scores Predictor has the Cubs winning by a 7-2 score with 53 percent confidence. The Cubs have been playing better baseball and should have a clear advantage at home. Go with the Cubs to win and cover.

Seattle Mariners versus Cleveland Indians

Seattle enters play with the third-best record in the AL West and the Indians are second in the AL Central. Cleveland has a +19 to +6 edge on the Power Ranking Indicator. The Mariners are “average” versus “average down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. It’s best to avoid betting the over/under since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. The Totals Predictor has the Mariners winning by a convincing margin of 8-1, but with only 40 percent confidence. I can see the Mariners pulling an upset but by a much closer margin.

Chicago White Sox versus Detroit Tigers

The AL Central-leading White Sox head to Detroit to face the last-place Tigers. Chicago has a large advantage of +27 to +18 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Carlos Rodon is scheduled to pitch for the White Sox and no starter has been named for the Tigers. Rodon is 5-2 with a 1.96 ERA and a great bet at +1325 on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Expect a lower scoring total according to the Totals Predictor. The Scores Predictor has the Tigers winning by an 8-0 margin, but only 32 percent confidence. I am leaning the other way with the White Sox playing better and a great bet with Rodon on the mound.

San Francisco Giants versus Washington Nationals

The Giants take their NL West-leading record into Washington to face the fourth-place Nationals. The Giants have a +21 to +3 advantage on the Power Ranking Indicator and “average” versus “ice cold up” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Avoid the over/under in this game and the Scores Predictor is only 45 percent confident in the 10-3 victory for the Giants. Alex Wood is scheduled to pitch for the Giants versus Jon Lester for the Nationals. Wood is 5-3 with a 3.79 ERA and a poor -2151 dollars on the Pitcher Profit Oscillator. Lester is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA and -124 dollars. I expect the Giants to come away with a road win but a considerably closer score than the Scores Predictor.

Houston Astros versus Minnesota Twins

The Astros have moved to second in the AL West and they face the last-place Twins of the AL Central. Houston is +28 to +5 on the Power Ranking Indicator and “burning hot” versus “ice cold down” on the Team Strength Oscillator. Neither team has named their starting pitcher. I would avoid the over/under since the teams are trending on opposite sides of the line. The Scores Predictor has the Astros winning by a 9-5 score with 47 percent confidence. The Astros are playing significantly better baseball and I expect a road win and cover the spread.

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